Transforming medical and health professional education to improve the health of Black communities across Canada
Our Mission and Values
BHEC's values are central to our mission of transforming medical and health education to improve the health of Black folks across Canada. We do this by prioritizing and centering Blackness in all its diversity and intersections including Black and Africentric knowledges and ways of knowing.
With positions, roles, and involvement in institutions and organizations across Canada, our incredible board members bring expertise, experience and passion to BHEC. Our dedicated staff team brings a diverse academic background, many staff team members are currently in school and pursuing their respective academic designations.
Our projects are centered around improving the health of Black individuals and communities across Canada and dismantling anti-Black racism in healthcare.
Our current projects are: the Black Health Primer, Community Stories: Black People’s Experiences with Anti-Black Racism in the Canadian Healthcare System, Anti-Black Racism and Black Health Competencies Framework, Situational Assessment, and Community of Practice.
Discover the articles written by our team and on behalf of the Black Health Education Collaborative. In October 2022, proposed by Dr. Onye Nnorom and Dr. OmiSoore Dryden who are our co-leads, a two-part special issue on Black Health and anti-Black racism was published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Land and Ancestral Acknowledgment
The Black Health Education Collaborative acknowledges with gratitude the Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island who continue to thrive and resist colonial violence while striving for self-determination and decolonial futures.
We live, work and play in various territories including the lands of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississauga’s of the Credit River; Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, the Anishinaabe, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation; Kanien:keha’ka and Mi’kmaq.
We remember our ancestors, forcibly displanted Africans, brought to Turtle Island as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the histories and legacies of colonialism and neo-colonialism which continue to impact African Peoples and the descendants of the Black diaspora across the world.
We recognize that racial colonial violence harm Black and Indigenous Peoples through both common and distinct logics and actions. We recognize our responsibility and obligations as African Peoples to be good guests on these lands. We offer thanks to our elders and communities from whom we learn. May your wisdom inform our actions towards a more just future.