Immigrant & Racialized Women's Health Conference
Friday February 21, 2014
Material from the Conference
This conference brings together community, consumer, practice, policy, and research perspectives on health through the lens of gender, equity and diversity. Talks, panels, discussions and concurrent sessions will enable inspired dialogues, knowledge mobilization and strengthen networking. Key research findings will be disseminated based on literature reviews on mental health, maternal health and health promotion and prevention of chronic illnesses.
Keynote Address: Dr.Vasanthi Srinivasan, CEO, Ontario strategic patient oriented research unit, MaRS, Toronto
Ted Rogers School of Management
55 Dundas Street West at Bay Street, Toronto
Room: (TRS) Room # 2-166 (8th floor)
Time: Friday, February 21, 2014
8.30 am – 4.30 pm
About the Conference:
Immigrant and Racialized Women’s Health Project (IRWHP) (a collaboration between Ryerson University (Mental Health Lead: Dr. Sepali Guruge), York University (Maternal Health Lead: Dr. Nazilla Khanlou), University of Toronto (Health Promotion Lead: Dr. Denise Gastaldo), and the Health for All Clinic of the Markham-Stouffville Hospital (Dr. Jane Philpott) conducted its annual immigrant women’s health conference on February 21, 2014 at the Ted Rodgers School of Management, Ryerson University. The conference brought together community, practice, policy, and research perspectives on health through the lens of gender, equity and diversity. Talks, panels, discussions and concurrent sessions enabled to inspire dialogues, mobilize knowledge and strengthen networking between 12 speakers, 3 moderators and 175 delegates from all across Ontario.
Dr. Usha George, Dean of Faculty of Community Service, Ryerson University welcomed the delegates on behalf of IRWHP team and thanked the advisory committee members and others for providing support for the conference and project as a whole.
Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan, CEO, Ontario Strategic Patient Oriented Research Unit, delivered the keynote address. The main talking points were as follows:
- “The Action Plan” – Encouraging organic change towards an equitable, patient oriented system.
- Success: Evaluation partnerships with disease charities, 2 midwifery birthing centers, Mental Health strategy and the Ontario Refugee Health Program
- Challenges: No dental insurance program; No provincial equity data collection
- Recommendation: Get yourself on planning, policy and research tables to raise gender issues
Key research findings of IRWH project from the three focus areas mental health, maternal health and health promotion and prevention of chronic illnesses were presented by the IRWHP research staff.The talks and panel discussions on research (by Ms. Maya Roy, Executive Director, Newcomer Women’s Health Services), practice (by Ms. Dipti Purbhoo, Senior Director, Client Services, CCAC) and policy (by Dr. Monica Campbell, Director, Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health) together with the concurrent sessions on mental health (moderator Ms. Aseefa Sarang, Executive Director, Across Boundaries), maternal health (moderator Ms. Karline Wilson-Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University), and health promotion and prevention of chronic illnesses (moderator, Dr. Naila Butt, Executive Director, Social Services Network) inspired debates on the major challenges in advancing immigrant women’s health research in Ontario/Canada and discussed short- and long-term action items that IRWHP could undertake to tackle these challenges.
Key emerging points were around the need for evidence and community based approaches to research, the opportunity for IRWHP to facilitate links between community, university and policymakers to address health inequities that affect immigrant women’s health. Ms. Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre presented an integrative case study linking research, practice and policy aspects of immigrant women’s health. Mr. Anthony Mohamed, Senior Specialist, Equity and Community Engagement for the Inner City Health Program at St. Michael’s Hospital wrapped up the conference by summarizing the themes, key discussion points, and action plans borne out of the conference.
We acknowledge the funding from Ministry of Health and Long Term Care - Ontario