To commemorate Canada's first ever Pride Month, Sinai Health System, with the support of the Mount Sinai Hospital Pride is Good for Your Health Committee, Bridgepoint Pride Committee and Human Rights & Health Equity office, hosted a series of Pride events across Mount Sinai Hospital and Bridgepoint sites in June. As Pride Month comes to a close, we're celebrating our participation and highlighting the important messages we want employees to remember. Take a closer look at our recap and photo gallery below!
Kicking off the month, Bridgepoint hosted a Brown Bag Ethics lunch titled: LGBTQ Ethical Issues: No Longer Quiet. There, a group of panelists spoke to employees and volunteers about issues lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirit (LGBTI2S) patients face in the health care system and what health-care professionals can do to better support them. Stories of personal experience and expertise reinforced many key messages from the session, particularly what it means to provide quality and equitable care, and the importance of accommodating personal needs by taking the time to listen to our patients. From this we learned that in doing so, we will foster positive relationships with patients and their family members.
"Sinai Health System is committed to ensuring our health-care and workplace environment are accessible, equitable and respectful" said Narina Nagra, Human Rights & Health Equity Specialist. "It was an honour to work with colleagues at both sites to celebrate Pride Month and educate the SHS community about the experiences of LGBTI2S patients and staff members and how to make our hospitals more inclusive."
On June 23, in recognition of National Aboriginal Day and Pride, Mount Sinai hosted a panel presentation titled At the Intersection: Race, Sexuality and Gender in Health Care. Panelists were joined by a large group of over 60 employees, volunteers and members of the community as they discussed the importance of not ignoring the historical barriers that exist between the health-care system and Indigenous and Racialized LGBTI2S people. Audience members were also reminded about the importance of respecting traditional ways of healing for Two-Spirit Indigenous patients and that in order to be an ALLY as health-care providers, we need to understand our social location when interacting with patients.
Information booths at both sites enabled employees, volunteers and patients to ask questions, learn more about the LGBTI2S community (and how we can support them in health care), and have conversations with members of the Committees in a more informal setting. Visitors also had the opportunity to indulge in sweet treats, win prizes and enjoy our Poet-in-Residence, Ronna Bloom, who was also on hand prescribing poems for healing.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to get involved, ask questions and learn about how we can make Sinai Health System a better place for our patients and colleagues.
Photo Gallery: Sinai Health System Celebrates Pride will appear here on the public site.