Background: Since 1976, the number of women in the workplace has nearly doubled. Statistics Canada reports that in 2009 the employment rate for women increased to 58.3%, representing 8.1 million women in the workforce. Of these working females, 72.9% are women with children under the age of 16 still living at home, while 11.9% or 1 million are self-employed. Of the lone female working parents, 68.9% are in the workforce holding multiple jobs to survive.
Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child Professor Jack Shonkoff states that
excessive levels of stress hormones “literally disrupt brain architecture” and children need prompt, intimate reassurance from a trusted adult - notably the mother - to alleviate stress.
In 2011, the Sudbury Regional Hospital (HRSRH) launched a new hub of excellence vision along with a new identity now known as Health Sciences North.
The strong focus is about acquiring great leadership in creating a network of professionals
dedicated in innovative research, elevating the standard of patient care and higher education in Sudbury. Since 2010, it has attracted 68 new health-care professionals.
Health Sciences North requires more funding in order to bring to reality the benefits of this total framework. Dr. Donald Livingstone from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto stated that his organization successfully increased innovative clinical care practices such as Brachy Therapy, a specialized radiation therapy for breast cancer in women. As an academic health centre, Sunnybrook has gone on to develop home treatment through virtual technologies and created a new culture of inquiry while simultaneously becoming an employer of choice for health-care professionals.
The economic advantages to the community as a whole is substantial because better and higher paying jobs are created, and less money is spent on travel away from home to other health centres, which will reduce loss in productivity and undue stress on care-giving women and their families. As an economic advantage, more grant dollars for research also become available as new health-care professionals conduct major health research in our community.
Dr. Denis Roy, President & CEO of Health Sciences North in Greater Sudbury indicated that our community were polled and they want quality health care with less wait times, a solution to overcrowded emergency rooms, no longer physician shortages and the crisis we have in creating a long-term solution to providing alternate level of care for our disabled and elderly.
Funding is needed to increase health care for all the citizens of Greater Sudbury and those throughout Northeastern Ontario. We are a unique, culturally and socially diverse group of people that live in a large territory not easily accessible to other community hospitals or health resources. By supporting the vision of Health Sciences North -- a hub for health care and research excellence
-- we are supporting working women and the health-care needs of our community. REFERENCES:
- National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, The Science of Early Childhood
Development: Closing the gap between what we know and what we do. Center on the
Developing Child at Harvard University, Cambridge MA, pg.6
- www.statcan.gc.ca, November 10, 2011 Women in Canada: A Gender-Based Statistical
- Creating a Health Care Hub of Excellence in Greater Sudbury, Public Forum, Tuesday,
November 8, 2011 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Science North
RESOLUTION: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Ontario urges the Government of Ontario to support the community and municipal leaders of Greater Sudbury in promoting the vision of Health Sciences North in becoming an academic health sciences network for improving patient care, innovative research and dedication to education so that all citizens can have access to quality health care;
AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Ontario, representing the concerns of working women in Northeastern Ontario both as patients and as caregivers, urges the Government of Ontario to support Health Sciences North and its vision as an academic health centre and teaching hospital.
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