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Why Anti-Racist Healthcare Matters:

with a focus on Black Health and anti-Black racism in healthcare

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2024, the Black Health Education Collaborative held an online session that explored “Why Anti-Racist Healthcare Matters” and celebrated the launch of our Black Health Primer

About the event

Held on March 21, 2024, the online session explored how anti-racist and inclusive practices improved the healthcare system and patient care for all. The Black Health Education Collaborative shared how, through the Black Health Primer, we are working to transform medical and health professional education to improve the health of Black communities across Canada. 


Improving Black health is a critical piece of the "ecosystem of change" in healthcare and public health to improve quality care for all patients. During this event, speakers discussed how health systems that support the provision of anti-racist care are more responsive to the realities of communities that experience injustice and oppression and are better positioned to provide high quality care to all.

Through building capacity, individual health practitioners explored how understanding anti-racist and inclusive practices:​

  • Are key to providing dignified care and benefits all patients and populations - for Black, Indigenous and racially marginalized peoples and beyond

  • Make for better healthcare and public health professionals and practitioners overall 

  • Improve the healthcare and public health systems overall 



Professor Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh

Executive Director, Black Health Education Collaborative
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto


Eliminating racial discrimination in health care for a better future

Dr. Onye Nnorom

Co-Founder, Black Health Education Collaborative
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto​

"Building more just worlds for Black life" & Introduction to the Black Health Primer

Dr. OmiSoore Dryden

Co-Founder, Black Health Education Collaborative
James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University

Interim Director, Black Studies Research Institute (in STEMM)

Remarks from

Dr. Patricia Houston

Dean, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. David Anderson 

Dean of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University


Sharon Davis-Murdoch

Founding Member & Co-President, Health Association of African Canadians

Dr. Marcia Anderson

Vice-Dean Indigenous Health, Social Justice and Anti-Racism, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Hendrick Paquette Ambroise

Québec Regional Director, Black Medical Students Association of Canada

Second Year Medical Student, McGill University

Leila Springer

Founder & Executive Director, The Olive Branch of Hope

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