5. Addressing social determinants of health
- Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
- Concurrent Session E
- Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
- Style: Panel Discussion (45 minutes-session)
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate our everyday lives, worldwide protests roared into being, springing from the death of George Floyd, but growing due to its unfortunate relevance to Black people's experience across the globe. As has been pointed out, for many, anti-Black racism was already a pandemic.
But what does this mean for primary care? This session will deliver:
- An overall focus on Black people’s experience with healthcare in Ontario
- Context for this at the system/ policy level- including the ways in which seemingly neutral instruments and tools feed an anti-Black narrative
- Replicable programs addressing these issues as carried out by Black health leaders
- What primary care teams can do
Sané Dube (she/her) is the Policy and Government Relations Lead, with a focus on Black Health, at the Alliance for Healthier Communities. Her people are the Ndebele of what is now called Zimbabwe. She works in Toronto.
Liben Gebremikael, Executive Director, TAIBU Community Health Centre
Liben Gebremikael is the first Executive Director of TAIBU Community Health Centre. Gebremikael has over 25 years of experience in the Primary Healthcare Sector, Social Services, Mental Health, and Community Capacity Building and Development field. He has worked as a Social Worker, Child & Family Therapist, Project Coordinator, and Therapeutic Group Facilitator with various primary care and non-for-profit organizations working with racialized and marginalized populations.
Cheryl Prescod, Executive Director, Black Creek Community Health Centre
As the Executive Director of Black Creek Community Health Centre, located in one of Toronto’s most marginalized neighbourhoods, Cheryl Prescod strives to ensure equitable access to health services for vulnerable populations. A dedicated community leader for over 25 years, she is known as a coalition builder, bringing together diverse stakeholders in responding to the real needs of people. Throughout her professional and personal interactions, Cheryl continuously champions equity and inclusion, towards the creation of a more just society.
Serena Thompson, Patient Advocate
Born in New York to West Indian parents, who never heard of Sickle Cell Anemia, Serena struggled physically and emotionally through life in her early years while living in Toronto. After experiencing 30 years of humiliation, mis-understanding, isolation in schools, hospitals and at her places of employment, Serena became engaged in the sickle cell community as an advocate by joining The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario in 2009 and was voted on as a Board Member and Social Support Committee Chairperson for 7 years until the end of 2016. She has now become the Vice-President and Director of Programs of SCAO’s 2019 new Board.