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Black Health


The Black Health Primer seeks to advance knowledge in and promote dialogue about the critical issue of anti-Black racism and its impact on health.


The health needs and experiences of Black Canadians are largely absent from medical and health sciences curricula, with little evidence of their inclusion in these disciplines.

Black Canadians experience health and social inequities rooted in anti-Black racism, the historical impacts of slavery in North America/Turtle Island.

Black Canadians comprise 3.5% of Canada’s total population and the third largest racialized group in Canada (1).

1. Diversity of the Black population in Canada: An overview

About the project

The Black Health Primer is a course on Black health and anti-Black racism developed for medical and health students, faculty, and educators. The Black Health Primer is a multi-module online resource anchored in critical race theory and will be accessible across Canada in English and French.

This course seeks to advance knowledge in and promote dialogue about the critical issue of anti-Black racism and its impact on health. Throughout the course, learners will gain knowledge to support the “unlearning” of anti-Black racism and learning racially just practices and competencies that improve the health of diverse Black communities. 


Core module on Black health and anti-Black racism will be developed for medical and health students, clinicians, practitioners, faculty, and educators.

Scientific Planning Committee

Members are medical/healthcare professionals, practitioners, leaders as well as medical/public health students/learners with expertise in Black health, anti-Black racism, and critical race theory. The committee is supported by a medical education specialist.

The scientific planning committee provides advice and guidance on the development and implementation of anti-Black racism in healthcare and Black for the Black Health Primer.

The Scientific Planning Committee:

  • Advises on the scope, priorities, plan, and methodology

  • Supports the creation and identification of anti-Black racism and Black health competencies

  • Provides guidance on anti-Black racism and Black health content such as community/clinical settings and social determinants

  • Ensures that the diversity of experiences are reflected in the course

  • Recommends literature and information pertaining to anti-Black racism, Black health, and critical race theory 

  • Reviews curriculum content drafts and the developed modules/course


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Prof. Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh
BHEC Executive Director (on maternity leave)

Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Dr. Amisah Bakuri
Post Doctoral Fellow at BHEC
Dr. Onye Nnorom
BHEC Co-Lead

Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
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Rosie Mensah

Program Manager at BHEC
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Khadija Brouillette
M.D.,C.M. Candidate, McGill University

Chair, Black Medical Students' Association of Canada
Dr. Anita Brown-Johnson
Chief of Family Medicine, McGill University Health Centre
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Prof. Kimani Daniel
Assistant Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University
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Dr. Barb Hamilton-Hinch
BHEC Board Member

Associate Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance,
Dalhousie University

Assistant Vice Provost Equity and Inclusion, Dalhousie University
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Dr. Delia Douglas
BHEC Board Member

Director, Office of Anti-Racism, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
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Dr. OmiSoore Dryden
BHEC Co-Lead

James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Faculty of Medicine

Interim Director, Black Studies Research Institute (in STEMM)
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Dr. Cindy Kalenga
Western Regional Director, Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS, FMEQ)
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Dr. Lance T. McCready
Associate Professor, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Director, Transitional Year Programme, University of Toronto
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Aklil Noza
MPH Student, McGill University
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Ms. Samiya Abdi
Interim (2022-2023) Executive Director, BHEC
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Julianah Oguntala
2022 - 2023 Chair, Black Medical Students' Association of Canada

MD Candidate, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
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Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu
BHEC Board Member

Senior Associate Dean, Health Equity and Systems Transformation
, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
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Natasha Pigford
MSc Graduate
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Hibo Rijal
Medical Student, Queens University
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 Bemnet Teferi, MPH
Research Analyst & Program Lead, Education, Technology & Innovation Portfolio 
University Health Network
Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed
BHEC Board Member

Associate Dean of Serving and Engaging Society, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Chair of the Board of Engage Nova Scotia
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