William Osler Health System (Osler) is about to take the world by storm. From April 30 to May 14, a clinical team from Osler will visit Punjab, India to learn more about health care in this region and identify partnership opportunities to make a difference abroad and in our local community.
“We have an extensive and engaged Punjabi community within our region,” says Matthew Anderson, President and CEO of William Osler Health System. “By focusing on supporting health care initiatives in Punjab, not only can we contribute to the homelands of our local citizens but we can learn new ways of delivering services to better meet the needs of patients in the communities we serve.
This is the first international mission to take place since the Global Health Program launched last summer. A five-member team of clinical staff from Osler will visit Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Amritsar and surrounding areas to meet with hospital leaders and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to learn more about health care in the Punjab region. They will also visit hospital-affiliated satellite clinics in rural areas to see first-hand how health care services are delivered.
“Many people from the community Osler serves come from other parts of the world. With them they bring their heritage, culture, genetics, and their disease processes,” says Dr. Naveed Mohammad, Vice President, Medical Affairs. “Understanding how health care is delivered in Punjab will help us establish partnerships with local health care providers to create innovative programs, such as screening programs for common illnesses or assisting with maternal health challenges, which will have a direct impact on patient care in the areas where it’s needed most.”
Osler identified six clinical areas where there is the greatest potential for impact and selected the tour team based on these needs. Team membership includes physicians and clinicians from the areas of Mental Health and Addictions, Chronic Disease, Women’s and Children’s, and Senior’s Health.
Following the tour of the Punjab region, the clinical team will evaluate the best partnership opportunities for Osler and begin planning the next stages of the India initiative. Osler will continue to seek out opportunities to expand the Global Health Program and visit other regions based on the needs and interests of our immediate community.