Academia interested in Spec Code Red series

The Spectator’s landmark Code Red series is entering the world of scientific academia.

Spectator investigative reporter Steve Buist and McMasterUniversity researcher Neil Johnston have been invited to make two presentations at the 9th International Conference on Urban Health, which will be held Oct. 27-29 in New York City.

The conference for academics, scientists and health-care professionals focuses on many of the same topics examined in April’s Code Red series, which explored the connections between health and income down to the level of neighbourhoods in Hamilton. The series showed there are staggering differences in health outcomes between the city’s richest and poorest neighbourhoods.

“We designed the series to tell stories about people in Hamilton, income levels and health care, ” said Spectator managing editor Jim Poling. “We wanted our journalism to start a conversation about public health policy.

“It’s rare for newspaper findings to cross into the world of academia and I’m pleased it’s caught the attention of the international community.”

Buist and Johnston will make presentations titled Low birthweight babies and social determinants of health: A Canadian example, and Connections between health, poverty and social determinants at the neighbourhood level: A case study of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Hamilton’s Shelter Health Network, which provides medical care at the city’s homeless shelters, will also make two presentations at the conference.


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