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Children of newcomers to Canada face unique health challenges due to their risks of disease and their family’s limited understanding of how to access the health system. The Canadian Paediatric Society has launched Caring for Kids New to Canada, a free bilingual website for health professionals working with newcomer children and youth. It features evidence-based information on how to assess and screen patients, evaluate and manage medical conditions, promote good health, evaluate child development, and much more. The first Canadian website of its kind, Caring for Kids New to Canada is designed to help health professionals understand how culture affects health, and what they can do to provide more culturally sensitive care. This presentation will provide an overview of the initiative and describe how the website is a valuable resource to public health professionals.
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Presenter: Dr. Tony Barozzino
Dr. Tony Barozzino is currently the director of Community Outreach & Ambulatory Services in the Department of Pediatrics at St. Michael’s Hospital and formerly served as Chief of Pediatrics from 2001 to 2012. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto.
He has worked as a consultant pediatrician in downtown Toronto for over 20 years with particular expertise in neonatology, developmental/school issues, and care of the medically complex child. He has developed a specialized pediatric care model for southeast Toronto, focusing on inner city children/youth and their particular issues as seen through the lens of the social determinants of health.
His administrative leadership has resulted in St. Michael’s Hospital’s Department of Pediatrics being at the forefront of clinical care provision, education, and research around socially disadvantaged children and their families. The Pediatric Outreach initiatives, Developmental Services Team, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Diagnostic Clinic, School-Based Health Clinic, and the Infectious Diseases/Immigrant Health Clinics are but a few of the successful developments with regards to clinical care in this area.
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