Programs & Focus Areas

Inner City Health Program

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The Inner City Health (ICH) Program serves a diverse, multi-ethnic population across the lifespan, from newborn to the elderly. Situated in the heart of the Toronto Central LHIN, we are nestled in a community with some of the highest and lowest income residents.

We have a particular focus on meeting the needs of our marginalized and disadvantaged populations. In particular, we strive to provide sensitive, holistic care and support for the homeless and under housed, people with HIV/AIDS, individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and addictions, frail seniors, transgender individuals, vulnerable women and children, the Aboriginal community and many more. We are committed to excellence in research and education and have a broad range of learners from nursing, medicine and several other disciplines.

The list of services the ICH Program provides include:

  • Emergency Department (ED) is a regional trauma and stroke centre open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Unique services we offer include geriatric emergency management, cardiac intervention and a needle exchange program for injection drug users. We also house the Rotary Transition Centre, a 24-hour facility that provides temporary refuge to ED visitors who no longer require hospital care but have no place to go in the community.

  • General Internal Medicine (GIM) provides specialized care for patients with a broad range of diseases involving all organ systems, with particular skill in the management of patients who have undifferentiated or multi-system disease processes. 14CC is also the home unit for the specialized Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) and Stroke units. The population we serve is culturally and demographically diverse, with a significant cohort of patients who is marginally housed with below average socioeconomic status. Recognizing the importance of ensuring the continuum of patient care beyond their acute care phase, GIM has established positive partnerships with key community stakeholders.

  • Mental Health and Addictions service is the largest provider of mental health and addiction services in Mid East Health Link.  Home to an inter-professional team of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, nurse practitioners, discharge planners, peer support workers, vocational counselor, addiction counselors, social recreation therapist, and a psychologist. The Mental Health and Addictions Service is the Centre of excellence in general psychiatry at the University of Toronto and train a large number of medical students and residents in psychiatry each year.

  • Women’s Health and Pediatrics assists women in promoting and maintaining optimum health within a comfortable and supportive setting. We provide advanced technology and care for newborns and programs, services and treatments for infants, toddlers, preteens and adolescents. We offer a wide array of specialty clinics to meet the needs of children and youth.

  • The Department of Family and Community Medicine Academic Family Health Team is dedicated to providing excellence in urban primary health care research and education while advancing systems of care for disadvantaged patients including positively impacting the social determinants of health. As part of our affiliation with the University of Toronto, we are a training site for students from medicine, chiropractic care, psychology, nursing, dietetics, social work, and pharmacy.

The inner city health program recognizes the diversity of peoples and communities with which it engages. For more information, see our statement on diversity.