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Sinai Health System’s Human Rights and Health Equity Office has released its symposium report on Black Experiences in Health Care. The March symposium aimed to identify and raise awareness of issues and concerns with a Toronto focus relating to health inequities faced by Black Ontarians. Attendees included health care providers, academics, advocates, patients/clients and members of the community.

“The Black Experiences of Health Care Symposium explored solutions to health inequities and lack of access to services for people in the Black community,” says Marylin Kanee, Director, Human Rights and Health Equity. “We know from the evidence that the stress of living with racism contributes to poor health outcomes such as increased risk of illness, pain, hypertension, mental health issues and diabetes. Health care providers can mitigate racial health inequities by learning to be an ALLY, being aware of how unconscious bias can affect diagnoses and treatment, involving diverse groups of patients in designing our services and spaces, and hiring staff who represent the population of our city.”

The full report is now online here and includes recommendations gathered from the Symposium and in follow-up surveys. The event was hosted in partnership with the Black Experiences in Health Care (BEHC) Organizing Committee (which includes Black Health Alliance, Wellesley Institute and TAIBU Community Health Centre) with support from the Toronto Central LHIN.

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