End Homelessness Now

End Homelessness Now

May 28, 2013 12:00 ET

End Homelessness Now: Free Public Event on the Links Between Urban Health and Urban Wealth

"It Doesn't Have to be This Way": A presentation by Dr. Trevor Hancock on Poverty, Health and the City

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 28, 2013) -

Thursday, May 30, 2013
7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
(corner of Nelson and Burrard) Vancouver, B.C.

What will it take to reduce poverty and improve the health of people living in our cities?

This is a question posed by Dr. Trevor Hancock, a public health physician and scholar, who believes poverty is the cause of ill health and early death. The direct and indirect costs associated with people living in poverty, Hancock argues, is what impedes our health system and our global economy.

"It doesn't have to be this way," says Hancock, who claims that "a city's health is a city's wealth".

"A few years ago, I was asked to be the "warm up band" for a speech given by Trevor Hancock at a Vancouver Coastal Health conference," said Judy Graves, Vancouver City Hall Homeless Advocate. "It was life changing to listen to him; I will never forget his speech. He gave me concepts, language, understandings and sustaining hope for the world. Dr. Trevor Hancock's speaking on May 30 is the legacy I want to leave behind me, to challenge and inspire the people who have power now, and the people who are coming into power and will carry our city and our world forward."

In this presentation, Dr. Hancock will argue that not only does poverty cause ill health, but that it has so many other direct and indirect costs for the city and the wider society that we literally cannot afford it. So what will it take to reduce poverty and improve health in our cities?

Honorable Mike Harcourt will be giving Judy Graves a special tribute at this public event in honor of her retirement from her position as Vancouver' s Homeless Advocate.

About Dr. Trevor Hancock

Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion consultant and is currently a professor and senior scholar at the new School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. His main areas of interest are health promotion, healthy cities and communities, healthy public policy, environmental health, health policy and planning, and health futurism. Dr. Hancock is one of the founders of the global Healthy Cities and Communities movement and has had a long-standing interest in the relationship between human and ecosystem health and the need to integrate health and sustainability at the community level. He is the founding Chair of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and was also instrumental in initiating BC Healthy Communities. He has consulted to healthy city/community projects in several countries (notably Sweden and the USA) as well as across Canada. He was the principal consultant for the Healthy Toronto 2000 project and a consultant to the Canadian and the WHO Europe Healthy Cities Projects. He is currently on the board of the Child and Nature Alliance and the Stewardship Council of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and is an advisor to the "Healthy Communities: An Approach to Action on Health Determinants in Canada" project, a collaboration of four provincial Healthy Communities networks.

About End Homelessness Now (www.endhomelessnessnow.ca)

A faith-based community action group from St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church with the goal of ending homelessness in Vancouver. The group takes a proactive role in educating the public, business and community leaders and governments regarding the issues of homelessness and mental health. The group works to encourage and foster political will at all three levels of Government to adopt policies that will end homelessness in Vancouver.

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