Why it’s important
Donor support helps Women’s College Hospital produce groundbreaking knowledge about health conditions that change the lives of women and people with complex conditions. Women’s College Hospital is one of only a few hospital-based research institutes worldwide to focus on health equity and the Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) is confronting social inequities in healthcare for women and other marginalized groups. Your support is fueling these efforts to change the lives of people who need our care.
In Canada today, women – and particularly women from diverse communities – continue to be underrepresented at all levels of the health sciences field. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, women make up only 23% of science and technology workers among Canadians aged 25 to 64.
At Women’s College Hospital, we’re working to change that: women comprise over 60% of our scientists and 53% of our physicians.
“Women’s College Hospital looks at the healthcare system differently,” says Heather McPherson, CEO at Women’s College Hospital. “We offer new thinking and reexamine traditional models so we can improve healthcare and close the health gaps.”
Support from our generous donor community helps Women’s College Hospital, a teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network, to train the health professionals of the future. Women’s College Hospital is fully ambulatory, which means patients do not stay in the hospital for more than 18 hours. Now with your support, Women’s College Hospital is finding unique ways to provide education and training in ambulatory situations to improve current medical education.
Thank you for sharing our vision to advance equity in underrepresented groups by funding research and education to change and save lives.
Did you know?
Until the 1990s, women were not included in most healthcare research studies. This means that many prescription drug therapies and treatment protocols today have been disproportionately studied on men and not designed to meet women’s needs.