Sidak Kaur, Jill Konkin, Joshua Tepper & Jeremy Petch
Sidak Kaur is a graduate student at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Jill Konkin is a rural family doctor and the Associate Dean for Community Engagement with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. She is both an academic and a clinician, as well as a community leader and a mentor. She has, for most of her career, dedicated herself to improving the quality of family medicine in smaller communities in Alberta and across the country. Prior to joining the University of Alberta she was the Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Prior to her roles in academia she spent 16 years as a family doctor in Jasper, Alberta. She is involved in provincial and federal organizations including the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada and the Admissions of Rural and Remote Students to Medical Schools Task Force and Alberta College of Family Physicians.
Dr. Joshua Tepper is a family physician and the CEO of Health Quality Ontario. He was formerly the Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and he spent five and a half years as the Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Human Resources Strategy Division. He led the HealthForceOntario health human resources strategy. He was a senior medical officer for Health Canada, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and a research consultant for the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). He has a Bachelors degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard, and completed his executive MBA in June 2011 at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Most important of all he has two gorgeous children Ishai and Adara.
Dr. Jeremy Petch is the Manager of Special Projects at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between resource intensive use of the health care system and the social determinants of health. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Regent Park Community Health Centre. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from York University and a graduate diploma from the Ontario Training Centre in Health Service and Policy Research. His doctoral work focused on the intersection of ethics, law and public policy in the regulation of genetic screening technologies. Jeremy was previously a research associate at the Institute for Work and Health. His work has appeared in Annals of Epidemiology and Healthcare Policy.
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Grace (name and some details changed to protect her identity) is a nine year old girl who lives in the northern suburbs of Toronto. Her doctor diagnosed her with asthma last year, and developed a care plan and prescribed her medication. Grace’s family understands and agrees with the care plan. But Grace’s acute attacks have…