The first annual international conference on black health will take place in Halifax in October.
The three-day conference will give healthcare professionals, educators, policy makers and community members from across Canada and the United States the opportunity to discuss the best ways to address and improve health disparities. health in black communities.
“We want to examine the disproportionate structural inequalities that affect Black communities and how this creates health disparities in various Black communities in Nova Scotia [and] more broadly in Canada and around the world,” Ingrid Waldron, Professor and HOPE Chair in Peace and Health at McMaster University in Ontario, told CBC Radio Main Street In Monday.
Waldron, who previously taught at Dalhousie University’s health school in Halifax, is one of the organizers of the event scheduled for Oct. 6-8 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront.
She said the conference revolves around the structural determinants of health.
“In other words, how do education, criminal justice, immigration, unemployment, green spaces, the built environment – how do these things contribute to poor health outcomes?” she says.
“And this term structural competence is really about those things – how do we, as professionals, become advocates for our clients and advocates for people’s health?”
For more on the event, listen to Jeff Douglas’ full interview with Waldron below.
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