Health and Community Leaders Talk

Health and Community Leaders Talk: Dr. Catherine Zahn

The HWS campaign is a platform for collaboration. We’re kicking off a new blog series that’s co-authored by community and health leaders from across the province to get their insights on why health research matters for Ontarians and our economy. Our first author is CAHO’s own Chair and the CEO of CAMH, Dr. Catherine Zahn.

Who are you?

Name: Dr. Catherine Zahn
Role and Organization: Chair, CAHO; President and CEO, Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH)

Dr. Catherine Zahn, Chair, CAHO; President and CEO, Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH)

1. What does health research mean to you?

The core mission of CAHO organizations—Ontario’s 24 academic hospitals—is patient care. That care encompasses today’s patients and patients of the future.

And it’s about more than just doing a good job. We’re committed to continually improving, and we do that through the research and education pillars of our mission.

Research and innovation, education and knowledge exchange are core to the concept of getting better at providing care to our patients.

2. How does health research contribute to a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario?

We often hear that health care and education are a drain on the economy. They’re actually drivers of the economy. They contribute in the most fundamental way, by creating health. They also create jobs and wealth in our environment and they attract business, industry and investment.