On November 12, 2021, Oak Valley Heath and York University announced a local health partnership aimed at advancing innovative medical education and research collaboration opportunities as well as improving the health and health care of citizens in Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Uxbridge, and beyond.

Oak Valley Health President and CEO Jo-anne Marr joined Rhonda Lenton, York University President, and Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham, at a virtual signing event to celebrate this partnership and discuss the shared vision for the future.

“It is our goal to continue fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment where our people will continue to grow and never stop learning,” says Oak Valley Health President and CEO Jo-anne Marr.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with York University and working towards a shared goal – providing meaningful learning opportunities to the future health care professionals and leaders in our region,” says Marr. “By working together we will create even more opportunities for clinical placements, continuing education, information systems integration, and many more initiatives. This partnership plays a foundational role in Oak Valley Health’s academic strategy.”

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a three-year agreement that sets out strategic areas of engagement and co-operation: future medical education partnerships; development of research capacity and opportunities between faculty and health care professionals and other hospital staff; clinical placements and experiential learning opportunities for students; continuing education and development for health care professionals and other hospital staff; health and wellness partnerships including clinics, community health initiatives, public, and community education, global health initiatives and special events; information systems integration partnerships including learning management systems and test systems, and other mutually agreed educational or research programs.

“We are pleased to partner with Oak Valley Health to further enhance the future of medical education and the training of the next generation of world-class health professionals as we work together to create healthier and more equitable communities,” says Lenton.


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