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Sharon Macdonald

Public doctor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba; Advisor,

Sharon Macdonald is a public doctor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and an advisor,
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Doctors Can Help Cure Poverty Without Leaving The Office

The push for doctors to treat social issues like poverty is starting to change the way we practice medicine and how we work with community agencies and those with expertise in income benefits, food security and poverty law. Many health organizations now are right in the middle of advocacy for better social conditions. Major medical organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian College of Family Physicians have been vocal in their support for this approach. This demonstrates a real acceptance by the medical mainstream that reducing patients' poverty is a core part of a doctor's job.
12/11/2015 05:57 EST