On July 11, the Peer Med Foundation’s Education Committee hosted its first ever workshop, an Intro to Health Equity. Geared towards health care providers and students in Canada, the workshop covered fundamental topics that are essential to understanding and achieving health equity, including how health equity is defined, the social determinants of health, ways to address the social determinants, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on existing health inequities. The workshop also featured guest speaker Dr. Juliet Daniel, a professor and cancer biologist at McMaster University who spoke about her work regarding triple negative breast cancer and its high prevalence among Hispanic women and women of African ancestry.
During the workshop, participants also had the chance to engage in group discussions where they worked together to explore the social determinants of health that affect specific marginalized groups in Canada (specifically, Black Canadians, members of the LGBTQ+ community, Indigenous Peoples, immigrants, and people with disabilities) with the help of guiding prompts such as “does the history of this community influence its health?” and “what is the relationship of this community to surrounding communities?”. Workshop participants were also invited to discuss potential ways to address these different social determinants at the patient, practice, community, and policy levels.
For those who were not able to attend the event, we’ve created a summary which contains the key material covered in the workshop, as well as an abbreviated cheat sheet that highlights the most essential points in a one page document for a quick and easy read.