​About the Social Medicine Program at UHN

We know that health and poverty are inextricably linked. Social medicine is about defending human dignity and preventing avoidable suffering by taking a more proactive approach to health.

The Social Medicine Program at UHN is focused on integrating social determinants of health (e.g. housing, food) into care delivery and better partnering with community organizations to improve the quality of care for disadvantaged populations.

Current health equity initiatives include:

Affordable and supportive housing

Social isolation and loneliness

Food security


A framework for the Social Medicine Program at UHN has been established through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Toronto, United Way and UHN. This MOU is the first of its kind in Canada and aims to better align health and social services for Toronto’s most high-needs patients.

Key Community Partnerships
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​Media Highlights
​Meet the Team