The Black Experiences in Health Care (BEHC) Symposium was organized and hosted by Sinai Health System’s Human Rights & Health Equity Office and the BEHC Organizing Committee (which includes Black Health Alliance, Wellesley Institute and TAIBU Community Health Centre) with support from Toronto Central LHIN. The Symposium aimed to identify and raise awareness of issues and concerns with a Toronto focus relating to health inequities faced by Black Ontarians. [view]
Supporting Patients First, an Ontario Health Equity and Black Health Strategy
This is the BHA’s response to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care discussion paper, Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario. [view]
A Sound Mind: Mental Health in the Black Community Report
In November 2015, BHA held its first full day forum bringing together mental health professionals, and community organizations and community residents to engage in an open, non-judgemental, honest discussion on the expression and impact of mental illness in the Black community. The forum’s findings are summarized in the linked report. [view]
Community Engagement Project for TAIBU Community Health Centre
In 2006, BHA was approved funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to establish a Community Health Centre (CHC) for Malvern – TAIBU (Kiswahili for “be in good health”) CHC. In June 2007 BHA produced its final report on the Community Engagement Project for TAIBU Community Health Centre. This report formed the basis of the centre’s mission, vision, priority populations, services and programs. [view]
How do Scarborough’s Black Youth Access The Health Care System?
In 2005, BHA completed a significant community-based research project entitled, “How do Scarborough’s Black Youth Access the Health Care System?” This report provided recommendations to health care planners, providers and policy makers to enhance the quality of life of Black youth in marginalized neighbourhoods. The report was selected for presentation at the 2007 Annual Ontario Public Health Association Conference. [view]
Submission to the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada
BHA’s 2002 submission to the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada was one of but a few which not only made recommendations on creating an equitable, feasible and sustainable health care system, BHA also addressed racial disparities in health care and provided workable solutions. [view]
There are a number of documents that further complete the picture of the challenges to the attainment of health and well-being from the framework of the social determinants of health. A few are presented here.
- Canadian Mental Health Strategy 2012
- World Health Organization Final Report on the Social Determinants of Health 2008
- Roots of Youth Violence
- Colour of Poverty
- Bill 152 Poverty Reduction (Ontario)
- United Way of Peel report on health for the Black community
- Results of the Ontario Survey on the Prevalence and Control of Hypertension
- What’s Killing Our Kids? Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario 2009 Annual Report
- “Certain Circumstances” Issues in Equity and Responsiveness in Access to Health Care in Canada. Health Canada 2001. (Note see pages 179 -227).
- Black Experiences in Health Care Symposium 2020
- Diabetes among immigrants in Ontario
- Journal of Black Psychology: Special Issue: The Psychology of Health Disparities Among African Americans: 1 May 2009; Vol. 35, No. 2
- Minority Women More Likely to Experience Severe Pain Related to Metastatic Breast Cancer
- The Role of Public Health in Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health and Mental Illness
- The darker your skin, the less you fit in. Racism in Canada – Toronto Star
- Utilization of physician services for diabetic patients from ethnic minorities
- The social determinants of the incidence and management of type 2 diabetes mellitus: are we prepared to rethink our questions and redirect our research activities?
HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS & INITATIVES
In addition to the informative websites of BHA member organizations, there are a number of online links and resources that offer valuable health information. A few are presented here.
Ontario Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (Ontario)
Toronto Public Health
International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB)
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