Centre Talks

We are a group of researchers, scientists, clinicians and health care workers who work or who have worked at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Upcoming Centre Talks

Our Mandate

Our mandate is to explore the context for health research, health care provision and social services.

Value Statement

Centre Talks aims to create a safer and welcoming environment for conversations about health care and well being. We work towards providing a space that respects everyone. We work to be aware of how the language we use and examples we share challenge or reinforce stigma, stereotypes and power dynamics.

Our Talks

All our talks are free. Some are specifically for people who work at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Unity Health Network, while others are open to the public. For a list of past talks, click here. Upcoming talks are listed above. To sign up for our email list or to suggest a talk, please contact: centrelist@smh.ca.

Resources and papers

You can find a paper by some of our members on the use of the word ‘vulnerable’ in public health literature here. And a plain language discussion about that paper here.

The Centre Talks Committee

  • Aisha Lofters – Family physician and researcher at Women’s College Hospital and University of Toronto, and affiliate scientist, Centre for Urban Health Solutions
  • Amy Katz – Knowledge Translation, Centre for Urban Health Solutions
  • Anne Rucchetto – Research staff, Centre for Urban Health Solutions
  • Billie-Jo Hardy – Scientist, Well Living House, Centre for Urban Health Solutions
  • Cian Knights – Patient Experience and Community Engagement
  • David Absalom
  • Kate Francombe-Pridham – Research staff, Centre for Urban Health Solutions
  • Kimberly Devotta – Research staff, Centre for Urban Health Solutions
  • Leonard Benoit – Indigenous Patient Navigator
  • LLana James – PhD candidate, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, RSI
  • Nadha Hassen – Research staff, Centre for Urban Health Solutions
  • Nancy Agbaje – Research staff, Injury Prevention Research
  • Nishan Zewge-Abubaker – Research staff, Centre for Urban Health Solutions
  • Priya Prabhakar
  • Sue Hranilovic – Nurse Practitioner, St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team
  • Susan Shin – Registered Social Worker
  • Tatiana Aratangy Pluciennik – Lead, Survey Research Unit, Centre for Urban Health Solutions
  • Tracey Jastinder Mann

Past Centre Talks

Contact Info

centrelist@smh.ca