6th Annual McMaster Health Advocacy Symposium

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David Braley Health Sciences Centre

100 Main Street West

Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6

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You're invited to the 6th Annual McMaster Health Advocacy Symposium, featuring incredible health advocates and activists from Hamilton and beyond! The day will feature keynotes by Dr. Ritika Goel and Kai Cheng Thom, as well as workshops covering a range of topics including Indigenous experiences in the healthcare system, fatphobia in healthcare, sex work, poverty in Hamilton, harm reduction, and more.

This symposium is open to all but directed towards students in health-related fields from all Canadian universities and colleges — we hope you will meet your future colleagues!

A light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided.

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




Accessibility Information:

We want to support your full participation in this event! For more information on accessibility, please visit our website. We welcome you to share any accessibility supports required in our registration form — please let us know by October 27th, 2019, so that we can do our best to make accomodations. Additionally, no one will be turned away for lack of funds — if this is a concern, please email us at mhas.chairs@gmail.com.

To provide a scent 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 scented 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 this resource.

We also ask that participants do not assume they know the pronouns of other participants. For more information, please visit this resource.




Workshops

When you register, 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 sessions in total). Workshop details will be updated as we recieve more information:


Code Red: 10 Years Later

Steve Buist, investigative reporter and feature writer at the Hamilton Spectator

Ten years ago, the Hamilton Spectator started an important discussion in Hamilton with a project we called Code Red. Using data and maps, we showed the strong connections that existed down to the neighbourhood level between people’s health and people’s wealth. The results were shocking. A decade later, we’re back with new data, asking the question: So what’s changed? The answer, sadly, is not much. Despite a decade of awareness, enthusiasm and initiatives, the gap between rich and poor in Hamilton has actually worsened.


Little Kwe: An Indigenous Patient Journey Through Healthcare

Angela Naveau, Clinic Services Manager, De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre

Angela Naveau shares the story of Little Kwe, an Indigenous patient journey through healthcare. The story follows Little Kwe’s earliest moments of healthcare, the impacts of historical trauma, colonization, and cultural safety.

*we have full consent from Little Kwe and her family to share their story*


Later Life through an Equity Lens: Health Advocacy in Geriatrics

Amina Jabbar, MD

In the first half of the workshop, we’ll discuss five issues in aging from an advocacy lens: 1. poverty, 2. caring as gendered work, 3. being LGBTQ identified, 4. the “livable” city, and 5. aging at home. In the second half, we’ll discuss an approach for organizing for change developed by public policy scholar, Marshal Ganz. We’ll generate a hypothetical example and work through the four-step framework: building relationships, telling stories, strategizing, and acting.


Critical perspectives on anti-trafficking work: Building capacity to better support migrant sex workers

Elene Lam, MSW

Human trafficking has received increasing international and national attention. Health care services providers are being called to participate in anti-trafficking initiatives by identifying “trafficking victims” when they provide health care services. However, anti-trafficking initiatives are often based on anti-sex work, sexist, racist and anti-migrant ideologies which increase the vulnerability of sex workers, causing harm and creating barriers for sex workers to access support and services.

In this workshop health professionals and students will develop a critical understanding of anti-trafficking initiatives, addressing the situation of migrant sex workers. They will come away with some of the practical information and skills necessary to offer relevant and adequate support and services to migrant sex workers and other marginalized communities.


Organizing for Harm Reduction in Hamilton

Keeping Six

Keeping Six - Hamilton Harm Reduction Action League is a community-based organization that defends the rights, dignity and humanity of people who use drugs. It was formed in response to the ravages of the opioid crisis, by people who use drugs and those who love and care for them, for purposes of mutual protection and cooperation. The workshop will begin with an overview of Keeping Six's user led activities in the first year of its formation. We will discuss some of the ways in which people with experience of substance use are stigmatized by the health care system and simple tips for reducing stigma and ways to positively engage professionally with people who use drugs. We will also discuss the ways in which health professionals have supported our work, and how they could be allies going forward. For more information on K6 please visit keepingsix.org.


Fatphobia in Healthcare

Michele Werstuck, RD

Michele is here today to challenge the assumptions under-lying the current weight-centric model, promote a shift in thinking to a more patient-centered Health at Every Size model of care, leave you with tips and tools to reduce weight stigma in your practice, facilitate patient conversations around weight and engage patients and families in the adoption of healthy behaviours to achieve “best weight.”

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David Braley Health Sciences Centre

100 Main Street West

Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6

Canada

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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