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The Gritty Nurse Podcast

Apr 29, 2021

In this episode, Amie and Sara discuss poverty and homelessness, a national and international health crisis wth the one and only Cathy Crowe. If you are a healthcare provider, you know the name Cathy Crowe- but do you know of her tireless years of activism, political action and advocacy in “street” health? Are you aware of what it requires to advocate and support the impovershed and homeless? This is a must listen for anyone involved in medicine who wants to understand how political action and health intersects with poverty, social justice, housing and homelessness.  Cathy quotes a famous line from Julia Child which says, “If I Can do it,  you can do it…let me show you how”. We all have a role to play, we just have to do our part. 

Cathy Crowe is a Canadian Street Nurse, educator, social justice activist, and filmmaker specializing in advocacy on homelessness in Canada. She is the author of Dying for a Home: Homeless Activists Speak Out and is a frequent commentator on issues related to health, homelessness, and affordable housing. Her articles have been published in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and NOW Magazine, as well as on

Cathy was an executive producer in the Home Safe documentary-film series and is the subject of the film Street Nurse, directed by Shelley Saywell. Cathy is a co-founder of numerous advocacy groups, including the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. She previously received the Economic Justice Award Fellowship from the Atkinson Charitable Foundation and the International Human Rights Award in Nursing from the International Centre for Nursing Ethics in Amsterdam. 

Cathy received the Order of Canada in 2018 and is currently a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University.

​Cathy continues to fight for the right to shelter and a fully funded national housing program.

Cathy Crowe @cathycrowe (Twitter)

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