Issue 1 | October 2022

Dr. Jackie Schleifer Taylor Departs as PCMCH Chair

After completing an exceptional four-year tenure as Chair of PCMCH’s Governing Council, Dr. Jackie Schleifer Taylor is stepping down from the position this fall.

Dr. Schleifer Taylor assumed the role of Chair before the pandemic arrived and presented PCMCH – and the entire healthcare system – with unprecedented and unanticipated challenges. Dr. Schleifer Taylor’s experience in helping to guide previous provincial initiatives, as well as her assured leadership, ensured that PCMCH was well-positioned to provide relevant guidance and timely responses to policy makers, healthcare providers and the public around COVID-19 and other healthcare issues.

During Dr. Schleifer Taylor’s tenure as Chair, PCMCH, through its committees and work groups, undertook work that increased access to healthcare services for people living in remote communities, expanded systems for collecting information around paediatric care, and developed resources that support pregnant people experiencing mental health issues and families and healthcare providers addressing the needs of children and youth with complex care needs. Dr. Schleifer Taylor’s dedication to fostering equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the healthcare system, which stems from her own experiences as a Black woman building a remarkable career in healthcare, has been instrumental in PCMCH now considering its own work through an EDI lens. Although her time at PCMCH comes to a close soon, Dr. Schleifer Taylor will continue to foster safe, effective and inclusive healthcare for Ontarians as President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre, and through her teaching positions at Western University and the University of Toronto.

PCMCH thanks Dr. Schleifer Taylor for her outstanding leadership.

Also in the October 2022 issue

COVID-19 Vaccination: Current Recommendations

Sharing EDI Insights

Easing Transitions to the Adult Care System

Clinical Handbook for Paediatric Asthma

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