Our vision, mission and mandate

Our vision:

Creating the future of social and health equity.

Our mission:

At the Cumming School of Medicine Office of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, it is our mission to catalyze a social and health-equity oriented medical school by nurturing respectful relationship with diverse communities, collaboratively developing innovative models of engagement, informing curriculum and research, and co-designing initiatives for impact.

To engage with local, global and Indigenous communities to identify health inequities and foster a meaningful, co-creative response. To encourage active global citizenship, social accountability and a more inclusive view of health among students, staff and faculty by facilitating opportunities related to the social determinants of health. To innovate and create ethical partnerships with governments, academic institutions, providers, our internal community and communities worldwide in ways that advocate and promote greater health equity. To provide knowledge, operational guidance and evidence-based resources that enable and enhance social accountability initiatives within the CSM. To continually strengthen health equity across the communities we engage, by listening, learning and collaborating to ensure the future of health leads to improved health for all.

Our mandate:

- SUSTAIN and strengthen longitudinal community relationships
- DEVELOP, document and showcase best practices for collaboration with external partners and communities
- FACILITATE equity-centred education, research and service
- INNOVATE policies, products, programmes and initiatives for social and health equity