LOUIS L. ODETTE LECTURE

SPONSORED BY THE LOUIS L. ODETTE FAMILY URBAN ANGEL FUND FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE

For almost three decades, Dr. Withers has been treating the homeless where they live – under bridges, along riverbanks, in tent cities. What’s more, he sees the street as a classroom for his students, where they learn not only medicine, but humanity. Dr. Withers' ultimate goal is to provide every person experiencing homelessness with medical care that comes directly to them with the message that says, "You matter."

Dr. Withers’ talk will focus on what the streets can teach us about improving our healthcare system. He’ll speak to the changes he’s seen during COVID-19. And he’ll explain what street medicine is and where it’s headed.

Providing medicine where people need it not only helps those who are suffering, but the medical system as well.

Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jim Withers, MD, FACP

Medical director and founder, Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net; founder, Street Medicine Institute; teaching faculty, UPMC Mercy; assistant professor, clinical medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Moderator

Emily Mathieu

Journalist, Writer, and Researcher

Panelists

Dr. Tom Ungar

Psychiatrist-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital

Dr. Steve
Mathias

Psychiatrist and Executive Director, Foundry

Onika Dainty

Author and Podcaster

Dr. Michaela Beder, MD FRCPC

Psychiatrist at St. Michael’s Hospital and Mental Health Lead with Inner City Health Associates

2019 Odette Lecture

Deconstructing the Homelessness Crisis

Contact Us

Please contact Kyle Taylor at TaylorKy@smh.ca with any questions.

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