Black Opportunity Fund Inc.
  • Healthcare in Canada: 

  • The Black Experience

  • September 20, 2020
events details

Healthcare in Canada: 
The Black Experience

Health Care in Canada is an interactive and stimulating discussion designed to provide supporters with exclusive occasions to hear from featured experts..

Focus on:

  • Racism as a Risk Factor for Health
  • Social Determinants of Health/COVID-19 in the Black Communities
  • Mental Health: Access and Treatment
  • Barriers to Admission and Retention of Black Trainees in Canadian Health Care Education

Panel Discussion moderated by: Dr. Ato Sekyi-Otu, Orthopaedic Surgeon William Osler Health System and featuring:

  • Sharon Davis-Murdoch, Co-President, Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC)
  • Paul Bailey, Executive Director, Black Health Alliance
  • Donna Alexander (MSW, RSW), Child, Youth & Family Program, Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian & Caribbean Youth
  • Dr. Hadal El-Hadi
  • Semir Bulle, 3rd year medical student, former Co-president of the BMSA (Black medical students association) and co-founder of Doctors for Defunding the police
agenda
Topic Agenda Time
Greetings From The Black Opportunity Fund

An opportunity to learn more about us, our long-term mission, and where we are in the process

  • Jaqui Parchment, CEO, Mercer Canada & Founding Member of the Black Opportunity Fund
11:00 am - 11:35 am
Health Care In Canada: The Black Experience - Panel Discussion

Moderated by:

Dr. Ato Sekyi-Otu, Orthopaedic Surgeon at William Osler Health System & Founding Member of the Black Opportunity Fund.

Topic 1: Racism as a Risk Factor for Health

Sharon Davis-Murdoch, Co-President, Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC)

Topic 2: Social Determinants of Health/COVID-19 in the Black Communities

Paul Bailey, Executive Director, Black Health Alliance

Topic 3: Mental Health: Access and Treatment

Donna Alexander (MSW, RSW), Child, Youth & Family Program, Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian & Caribbean Youth

Topic 4: Barriers to Admission and Retention of Black Trainees in Canadian Health Care Education

Dr. Hadal El-Hadi

Semir Bulle, 3rd year medical student, former Co-president of the BMSA (Black medical students association) and co-founder of Doctors for Defunding the police

11:35 am - 12:20 pm
Coffee/Snack Break

Please take a break to grab a coffee/snack.

12:20 pm - 12:30 pm
Breakout Rooms

For this session, we split attendees into smaller breakout rooms to allow for a more intimate discussion to take place and to provide you an opportunity to network and connect with peers from across the country. Each breakout room will include a member of the Black Opportunity Fund’s Community Engagement and Health Care Task Force team(s).

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm
Q&A Session

Following a brief synopsis of breakout room discussions, we will then move to a broader group question and answer session where we encourage each and everyone of you to participate. Your voices and input will guide us.

12:50 pm - 1:25 pm
Closing Remarks

Brief closing remarks delivered by:

  • Dr. Ato Sekyi-Otu, Orthopaedic Surgeon at William Osler Health System & Founding Member of the Black Opportunity Fund.
  • Ahmed Ismail, Vice President, Wellington Management and Founding Member of the Black Opportunity Fund.
1:25 pm - 1:30 pm

1City of Toronto/Toronto Public Health (May 16 – July 2020)

Let's Talk About: 

  • The facts: The current COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black Canadians ie., In Toronto, Blacks make up 9% of the population but 21% of COVID-19 cases1
  • The current problem: Black Canadians face inequities and a lack of equal health care access – from treatment to preventative medicine to mental health, the inequities in access and treatment today have led and will continue to lead to poor outcomes
  • Our experiences: Access to health care, mental health, stigma and more
  • A better future: Promoting health, welfare and access to health resources for Black communities across Canada