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The Ontario government names uOttawa’s Caroline Andrew as the first chair of Echo, Ontario’s new women’s health agency

OTTAWA, September 4, 2007  —  The Ontario government has named Caroline Andrew as the first chair of Echo, Ontario’s new women’s health agency, which will raise awareness and work toward solutions on women’s health issues, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced August 24, 2007.

“As an agency promoting women’s health like no other, Echo will benefit mothers and daughters all across Ontario,” Smitherman said. “I know Caroline Andrew will be a great asset to the agency as she brings a wealth of experience and passion to issues facing women.”

Caroline Andrew has been with the University of Ottawa since 1971. A former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (1997 to 2005), she is currently a full professor at the School of Political Studies and the Director of the Centre on Governance. She is a nationally recognized authority on urban and feminist studies as well as on cultural diversity.

“I am honoured to be named the chair of such an important agency,” said Andrew. “I welcome the opportunity to lead Echo, which will promote equity and improved health for the women of Ontario by working in partnerships with the health system, the community, researchers and policy stakeholders”

Echo’s role will be to:

  • Conduct, fund and partner on research initiatives in women’s health
  • Provide input to government policy, in collaboration with stakeholders, to improve the health status of women, and promote the provision of accessible, effective and equitable care for women
  •  Collect and distribute information on women’s health through a variety of communication tools and services.
  • Advise the minister on health issues affecting women
When fully operational, Echo will receive annual funding of $7.6 million.  Echo will use the work of the former Women’s Health Council as a foundation for the start-up of the new agency. Echo will assume new responsibilities and bring together health system, community, research, and policy stakeholders.

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