From the current pressures on the healthcare system to low COVID-19 vaccination rates among urban Indigenous people, Unity Health experts offered insights this week into our rapidly changing world. Here are our top media hits from July 30-August 5. 

COVID-19 vaccination rate lower among urban Indigenous people, study shows. Why?

Global News on Aug. 2, 2022

Feature of research led by Dr. Janet Smylie 

COVID-19 vaccination uptake for Indigenous people living in Toronto and London, Ontario, was 20 per cent lower than the overall population, found a study led by Dr. Janet Smylie. Unity Health Strategic Lead of Indigenous Wellness, Reconciliation & Partnerships.

Ontario healthcare system on life support: Why are ER wait times so long?

CityNews on Aug. 1, 2022

Interview with Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak

Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak, an emergency physician at St. Michael’s, tells CityNews how COVID-19 is exacerbating longstanding issues in the healthcare system.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford vows to fast-track accreditation of foreign-trained nurses to ease hospital crisis

The Globe and Mail on Aug. 3, 2022

Interview with Dr. Shazeen Suleman

Eliminating a temporary policy that gives uninsured patients access to health care will only add to the pressures on hospital emergency departments, says Dr. Shazeen Suleman, pediatrician at Unity Health.

Monkeypox case found in Toronto’s shelter system ‘concerning’ as it leaves most vulnerable at risk, says doctor

CBC Metro Morning on Aug. 2, 2022.

Interview with Dr. Darrell Tan

Dr. Darrell Tan speaks to Metro Morning about how Toronto’s LBGTQ community has been engaged and active in the public health response to the monkeypox outbreak.

Seven months on, Toronto awaits drug decriminalization decision

The Canadian Press on Aug. 5, 2022

Interview with Dr. Dan Werb

As Toronto continues to wait for a Health Canada drug decriminalization decision, Dr. Dan Werb, scientist at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, tells The Canadian Press that the rise in opioid deaths underscores the need for urgent action.