Connections: Primary Care and Family Medicine in the Global Health Context


The World Health Organization (2008) among others has identified primary health care as the pathway of choice for achieving health equity and responding to today’s global health challenges. The DFCM Global Health Program's speaker series “Connections: Primary Care and Family Medicine in the Global Health Context”, focuses on the critical role of primary care in Global Health. Recognizing family medicine as a key component of primary health care, this speaker series serves as a forum for the examination and discussion of key issues pertinent to the delivery of primary care in settings around the world. Invited speakers include leading experts in Family Medicine, Primary Care and Global Health.


Occurring monthly, the speaker series sessions are interactive, providing ample opportunity for dialogue and exchange among participants.


500 University Avenue, Toronto, ON




All talks will take place at 500 University Avenue, Room 365 and will be webcast.  

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 Dr. William Cherniak "Host perspectives on international experiences in global health electives, isn't it time we asked?"

OCTOBER 16, 2017 Horizons of Friendship "Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) in Guatemala: Transforming Indigenous Lives"

NOVEMBER 15, 2017 Dr. Amanda Howe "Family Medicine - many models, one voice?"

DECEMBER 6, 2017 Dr. Danyaal Raza "Is Canadian health care truly universal? Myths, realities and emerging threats"


DECEMBER 19, 2016 Fatoumata Maiga, MD " “Gender, Conflict & Health:  The Experiences of Women in a Malian Village” 

NOVEMBER 30, 2016 Meb Rashid, MD "Refugee Health in Canada"

MARCH 16, 2016 Suzanne Stewart, PhD "Indigenous mental health and healing: Intergenerational trauma in Canada"

JANUARY 27, 2016 Naheed Dosani, MD "Living & Dying on the Streets: Meeting Supportive & Palliative Care Needs of the Homeless & Vulnerably Housed" 


NOVEMBER 25, 2015 Vanessa Redditt, MD & Melanie Henry, MD "Family Health Teams in Brazil: Lessons in Interdisciplinary Teamwork and Community-based Care" 

OCTOBER 21, 2015 Mona Hairdar, MD "Integrating Social Medicine & Global Health in Medical Education: Challenges and Opportunities" 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 Suzanne Stewart, PhD (POSTPONED until 2016)

APRIL 8, 2015 Stephanie Nixon, PhD "Who me? Power and privilege in global health".  

FEBRUARY 25, 2015 Dr. Jane Philpott "How and Why in Global Health: Exploring Our Messy Mix of Motivations"

JANUARY 14, 2015 Akwatu Khenti "Global Mental Health and the Challenge of Stigma"


NOVEMBER 20, 2014 Marshall Ganz, "Leading Change: Story, Strategy, and Structure - An evening with Marshall Ganz"

OCTOBER 15, 2014 Dr. Solomon Benatar, “International Health Contrasted with Global Health and Conceptual Links between Caring for Individuals and for Populations”

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 Dr. Neil Arya, “Exporting Canadian Family Medicine: Capacity building or Neo-colonialism?”

JUNE 10, 2014 Dr. Paul Farmer, "In conversation with Dr. Paul Farmer: Social Justice and the Movement for Global Health Equity"

MAY 28, 2014 Dr. Anika Amritanand , "The Refer Less, Resolve More Initiative in India"

APRIL 9, 2014:  Dr. Ross Upshur, "XDR-TB: Implications for global health and primary care"

MARCH 24, 2014: Professor Xiaolin Wei, "Assessment of changes in primary care quality in Shanghai and Shenzhen regarding the implementation of China’s national primary care policies between 2011 and 2013"  co-hosted by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health **Please note this event will take place at 155 College St, Rm 208** 

APRIL 23, 2014: Dr. Lynda Redwood-Cambell, "What does primary health care have to do with disasters? A look at the role of primary health care in disaster risk reduction and disaster response"

MARCH 12, 2014: Dr. Andrew Pinto, "Reducing health inequalities through action on social determinants in primary care"

FEBRUARY 19, 2014 Dr. Anika Amritanand, "Family physicians and Ophthalmology - An Indian Perspective"  (Please note: this session has been postponed to a later date).

JANUARY 27, 2014  Perspectives on Poverty and Health: How can the health sector respond? (CIHR Cafe Scientifique) **


NOVEMBER 27, 2013 Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya, "Driving health service innovation in low and middle-income countries: Notes on the solution revolution"

OCTOBER 23, 2013 Dr. Sumeet Sodhi, "Supporting primary care integration in Southern Africa: Challenges and lessons learned"

OCTOBER 9, 2013 Dr. François Couturier, "Defining global-health care delivery