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4th Annual McMaster Health Advocacy Symposium

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You're invited to the 4th Annual McMaster Health Advocacy Symposium, featuring some of Canada's most influential health advocates! The day includes an opening keynote by Dr. Andrew Pinto & Deena Ladd, a closing keynote by Dr. Carys Massarella, and participation in two of six interactive workshops on key topics in health advocacy. It is open to anyone studying in a health-related field from all Canadian universities. Light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided.

Note: An IPE Exposure Credit is available for McMaster students attending this event!

To provide a chemical and fragrance free event, we request that participants refrain from the following before or during the event: smoking; wearing colognes, perfumes, or scented oils; and using chemical based laundry detergents or fabric softeners. We ask participants to wear something that has had limited exposure to the items above. For more information on how to achieve this, please visit http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.html.

We also ask that participants do not assume they know the pronouns of other participants. For more information, please visit http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/11/pronoun-etiquette/.




When you register, you will have the option to let us know about any dietary needs and accessibility support requests. You will also be asked to rank your workshop preferences. Here are the session options (they will each be run twice — once in the morning, and once in the afternoon — so that you can attend two separate ones in total):


The Health Advocacy Toolkit: Strategies for Participating in the Movement for Decent Work and Health

Dr. Andrew Pinto & Deena Ladd

In this workshop, participants will learn how to engage right away in health advocacy focused on employment as a social determinant of health. Building on a case study of the Decent Work and Health Network and the Fight for $15 and Fairness, the workshop will offer participants the opportunity to see how the social determinants of health can be addressed at the policy level. We will examine how precarious work is linked to poor health, and will share strategies that health providers and workers' rights organizers have used to influence policy decisions, most notably the Ontario government's Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Participants can expect to bring their own experience and ideas to the conversation, and will emerge with new tools to participate in the movement for decent work and health.


Making Advocacy Engaging: Infusing Artistic/Creative Practices into Health Advocacy Work

Keisha Williams

Art has the power to engage people from many varying backgrounds and experiences both in its creation and consumption. This makes it an accessible tool to many which can be used to change the hearts and minds of people on large scales. This is a participatory workshop that looks at the concept of advocacy work from a unique lens. It is focused on building health advocacy skills, while exploring concrete examples of advocacy work currently taking place. Come ready to share, learn and get those creative juices flowing.


Understanding, Awareness and Action: Advocating for Change in the Field of Eating Disorders

Carly Crawford

This workshop will be a snapshot into the work being done by Carly Crawford and NIED (National Initiative for Eating Disorders) putting eating disorders on the mental health radar. Carly will review her experience as a patient and now psychotherapist working in the field of eating disorders. Key points identified include: the gaps in services, barriers to treatment, stigma, and current work being done by NIED to help rectify these issues.


Health Justice, Medical Legal Partnerships, and You

Johanna Macdonald & Dr. Rami Shoucri

In this workshop, you will meet Rami Shoucri (clinical champion) and Johanna Macdonald (onsite lawyer) with the St. Michael’s Hospital Health Justice Initiative. You will learn about medical-legal partnerships and gain insight into the Health Justice Initiative’s collaborative primary care practice. Through a case study, you will practice identifying advocacy opportunities in a clinical setting.

This workshop aims to attract individuals interested in exploring the creation of health justice partnerships and the practical application of clinical interventions on the social determinants of health and access to justice.


The Power of Social Media, Digital Network Building and Advocacy to Advance Health Equity

Anjum Sultana & Fatima Mussa

Sustaining momentum from a successful conference can be tricky, but social media is an effective tool to keep conversations going online, and off! Fueled off the energy created from the 2016 Dalla Lana Student-Led Conference, the Racial Health Equity Network was developed by Anjum Sultana in 2016 as a platform on Facebook to broaden a small group where Master’s of Public Health students shared relevant articles, news, events, and job opportunities related to racial health equity in Canada, and globally. The group has grown from a few dozen, to over 1100 members! The group serves as a support group for early career public health professionals interested in racial health equity issues, and a platform to turn values into action and advocacy.

This workshop will inspire participants interested in social justice and health equity on useful strategies to transform hashtag movements into action and empowerment for the communities that we are a part of and intend to advocate for. Through a series of case examples and interactive activities, we will demonstrate the impact social media, digital network building and advocacy can have on driving policy change to advance health equity. By the end of the session, participants will learn about strategies, opportunities and best practices to jumpstart their careers as budding health advocates.


Supervised Injection Sites: Studying Need and Feasibility in Hamilton

Lydia Cheng & Dr. Laura Bourns

A comprehensive approach to drug and substance misuse includes prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement. This workshop will explore harm reduction strategies with a focus on supervised injection sites (SISs). SISs are legally operated indoor health facilities where people can inject their pre-obtained illicit drugs under the supervision of medically trained staff, who can respond in the event of an overdose as well as connect clients to social services and medical care. While there are over 90 SISs internationally, a limited number currently exist in Canada, but the need for SISs is being explored by many cities in Canada including in Hamilton. In May 2017, Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) in collaboration with McMaster University’s Master of Public Health program began a study to assess the need and feasibility of one or more SISs in Hamilton.

This workshop will increase participants’ understanding of harm reduction services in relation to drug and substance misuse, as well as awareness of what services are currently offered by PHS in Hamilton. This workshop will also walk participants through components of the SIS Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study conducted by PHS, including engaging a wide range of community members, including people who inject drugs. The session will also encourage participants to consider strategies for working with members of vulnerable populations.

Learning objectives:

  • Explore risks and challenges faced by people who inject drugs
  • Learn what a harm reduction approach is and examples of harm reduction
  • Increase knowledge about supervised injection sites (SISs)
  • Learn about Hamilton’s SIS Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study
  • Increase awareness of considerations and strategies to engage with community members and members of vulnerable populations
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