An Introduction to Social Paediatrics and the Role of Education in the Health of Children and Youth

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Social paediatrics refers to the health and well-being of children, most specifically those living at the margins of society, disadvantaged, disabled, or dispossessed. This description hinges on recognition of the social determinants as critical mediators of child health. The 2013 UNICEF report of “Child Well-being in Rich Countries,” which benchmarks health and well-being among the world’s richest countries, underlines once again that Canada’s performance is spotty at best.  Overall, Canada remains right in the middle of the pack, ranked 17th of the 29 countries included. We rank 27th in childhood obesity, 22nd in infant mortality and 21st in child poverty rates. Furthermore, for Aboriginal children and youth, health outcomes continue to be far lower than Canadian averages.

This first webinar will feature an overview of the status of Canada’s children highlighting those at risk groups struggling against the odds, then focus on the interrelationships between health and education.




DenisDaneman.jpg Dr. Denis Daneman completed his medical training at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1973, and his residency in pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto, and a fellowship in paedatric endocrinology at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Pittsburgh, Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.  He assumed his appointment in the Paediatrics Division of Endocrinology in 1981 at the University and has been on the medical staff of SickKids in the Division of Endocrinology since then. 

He is currently Professor of Paediatrics and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Paediatrician in Chief at the Hospital for Sick Children, and the R.S. McLaughlin Foundation Chair in Paediatrics at SickKids. His clinical research relates to the care and outcomes of children with diabetes and other endocrine disorders of childhood.  He is past Chair of the Clinical and Scientific Section of the Canadian Diabetes Association, and President of the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes.  He has written over 200 publications, co-authored two books on disorders of glucose metabolism in childhood, and served on multiple expert panels in the field of endocrinology. He is the recipient of the 2010 ISPAD Prize for Achievement (International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes) and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award of the C&SS/CDA. In 2013 he was awarded a DSc (Med) by his alma mater for his thesis: Contributions to type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents: Understanding the factors contributing to metabolic control and the acute and long-term complications of the disorder.


Arjumand Siddiqi  is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Siddiqi is interested in the role that societal conditions play in shaping inequities in population health and human development. In particular, her research utilizes a cross-national comparative perspective to understand the consequences of social welfare policies for inequalities in health and developmental outcomes. Areas of research include the influence of income inequality and social policies on inequities in schooling outcomes amongst the advanced market economies, and an emerging body of work to understand health inequities in Canada versus the United States. Dr. Siddiqi is formally a Junion Fellow and Associate Member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Successful Societies. She was also a member of the World Health Organization's Commission on Social Determinants of Health Knowledge Hub on Early Child Development, and has consulted to several international agencies including the World Bank and UNICEF. Dr. Siddiqi received her doctorate in Social Epidemiology from Harvard University.


Maryam Mehtar is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the director of the Division of Social Paediatrics/ Paediatric School-based Health in Saskatoon. She is also the Program Director for the Paediatric Residency Program at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Division of Social Paediatrics was established in 2007. The Department of Paediatrics (as part of the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan) established a partnership with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division and the Saskatoon Tribal Council, to establish the Paediatric School-Based Clinics - providing access to care for infants/ children/ youth who live with families struggling with issues related to poverty.

She completed her medical school degree in 1989 at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed her Paediatric Residency at the University of Saskatchewan in 1999."

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