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Dr. Gilles Arcand Centre for Health Equity opens at NOSM University

Dedication of new centre signals another major step forward in the improvement of health and wellness for all in Northern Ontario
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NOSM University has officially cut the ribbon on the Dr. Gilles Arcand Centre for Health Equity. The recent dedication of the centre signalled another major step forward in the improvement of health and wellness for all in Northern Ontario, said a NOSM U news release.

The new facility, located at NOSM’s Sudbury campus, will have research conducted there done by and between partners and networks across Northern Ontario, said NOSM.

Through policy leadership and advocacy, research and innovation, and education that better aligns medical training with community needs, this multidisciplinary, one-of-a-kind centre in Canada will ultimately help people who both need and deserve better access to health care services across the region and beyond, said the release.

“The Dr. Gilles Arcand Centre for Health Equity is an incredible strategy to harness the insights, experience and collective will of people in Northern Ontario who care deeply about communities that face barriers to health care,” says Dr. Sarita Verma, President, Vice-Chancellor, Dean and CEO. 

“I am so proud of the work that has already been done, and deeply grateful to the Temerty Foundation for their visionary support that allows us to pursue this critical work. Their investment is a powerful vote of confidence.”

It was back in September of 2023, a $10 million gift was made by the Temerty Foundation to NOSM University to advance and grow social accountability and health equity initiatives as well as support medical students, said NOSM. 

In recognition of this transformational gift, the former Centre for Social Accountability is renamed the Dr. Gilles Arcand Centre for Health Equity in honour of Mrs. Louise Temerty’s late brother, said NOSM. 

He was an inspiring and compassionate physician who, among other things, practised rural medicine in Northern Quebec, and was dedicated to serving marginalized communities before his death in 1975, said the release.  

NOSM described James and Louise Temerty as selfless philanthropic leaders and long-time supporters of a wide range of causes that improve lives in Canada and worldwide. Between them, Jim and Louise hold five Honorary Doctorates, and are co-chairs of the Temerty Foundation, making significant philanthropic contributions to health care, education, and the arts.

 


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