CAMSS ADVOCACY AWARD
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017 AWARD ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED!
This award is presented annually to a CAMSS member who best exemplifies the spirit behind our mission statement: Advocating for physicians, caring for patients.
2016 Winner - Dr. Bonnie Larson
Nomination from Dr. Alan Chu: “Dr. Bonnie Larson is a tireless advocate who I believe embodies the mission statement “Advocating for Physicians, Caring for Patients." She is truly a phenomenon, bringing physicians of different specialties together, along with non-physician leaders in related sectors, to create ever-growing communities of practice -- all to better serve highly vulnerable patients in our city. Dr. Larson is an inner-city physician and a key player in Calgary's ability to address poverty and health. She founded the Street CCRED (Community-driven, Clinical care, Capacity-building, Research, Education, and Development) Collaborative which partners key organizations in health and housing to provide medical support for highly vulnerable and medically complex patient populations. She is a key contributor to the upcoming Calgary Recovery Services Task Force which drives our city's approach to homelessness. She has helped materialise a palliative care outreach program and an inpatient safe needle program. She works with a community paramedic program to appropriately manage complex patients on the street and in shelters. Her advocacy spans students and residents as Program Director for the Family Medicine Global Health program, a leader in the "global is local" movement. Most importantly, her advocacy reaches every patient she encounters; as an anthropologist, she truly understands her patients and can see ways forward!”