Bloomberg Nursing Week

Neighbourhood Nursing – Panel

  • May 8

Providing Equitable Access to Care in the Community

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Neighbourhood Nursing – Panel

Providing Equitable Access to Care in the Community

Wednesday May 8, 2024

5 PM – 7 PM EST

Debates Room Rm 2034, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

Featuring: Vanessa Wright, Jeffrey Reinhart, and Katia Wong

Moderated by Assistant Professor Joanne Louis

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion with community nursing experts about the integral role of neighbourhood nursing in supporting inclusive and equitable care access. 

From mobile health clinics and health promotion to primary care access for uninsured, stigmatized, and under-housed populations, nurses are leading the way in providing life-changing care in the community.

Our Panelists

Jeffrey Reinhart 

Jeff Reinhart has been a registered nurse working in community health for over 10 years. He currently works in Toronto as a Senior Manager, Primary Care at Sherbourne Health where he supports the delivery of award-winning primary care to Sherbourne’s priority populations: homeless and underhoused people, 2SLGBTQ communities, and newcomers, immigrants and refugees. He has collaborated with others from across Canada on HIV nursing practice, PrEP access and delivery and access to care for people without immigration status or health insurance through activities including research, community mobilization, advocacy, and clinical care. He graduated with a B.Sc. Nursing from the University of Toronto in 2013 and is currently completing his Master of Science in Health Administration at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Katia Wong

Katia Wong is a Nurse Practitioner at Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre and a University of Toronto Alumna from the MN-NP (PHC) program in 2018.
Katia’s nursing experience includes working in areas of HIV/AIDS care, newcomer/refugee health, mobile outreach for homeless/vulnerably housed and clinical teaching. Katia holds a Master of Science in Global Health from McMaster University and previously served as a Consultant for the Human Resources for Health Project in Bangladesh and Co-Director of the CSIH MentorNet Program. Katia is passionate about capacity building, and aspires to contribute her knowledge and skills within marginalized and underserved communities.

Vanessa Wright

Vanessa Wright is a nurse practitioner at Women’s College Hospital’s Crossroads Clinic, Canada’s first hospital-based refugee clinic. As a pioneering member of the clinic, Vanessa has developed and implemented models of primary care outreach between health and social services, to support those navigating the refugee process. Vanessa’s professional experience includes working across primary, acute, and public health domains, as well as facilitating teams in medical outreach, education and interprofessional practice both locally and globally. Vanessa is an active member of the health advisory council for the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture;  a subject matter expert for CAMH’s Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Course and a co-chair for the Mid-West Ontario Health Teams’ underhoused working group. Driven by an unyielding curiosity and pure joy in connecting with others, she is a known nursing leader in community health and an access to care advocate. Vanessa’s research interests lie in population health, organizational learning, health system integration and health policy. She is an adjunct lecturer at Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University to Toronto, and a Doctoral candidate exploring the relationship between integrated cared and community engagement. 

Moderator: Joanne Louis

Joanne Louis is a Nurse Practitioner whose works with populations who been systemically and structurally oppressed. Her work at a community health centre involves the care of those who face complex mental health and addictions, refugee and newcomer populations and those who underhoused and unhoused. She has worked with Indigenous communities in Canada and she has practiced in Bangladesh, Honduras, Nigeria and Guatemala. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate program. She strives to make the link between the clinical and academic aspects of health care delivery and determinants of health.