Black Health Matters: Responding to COVID-19

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with hosts Dr. Rai Reece and Dr. Roberta K. Timothy

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COVID-19 has increased the impact of Anti-Black racism and colonial violence in our local and global communities. In Canada, the devastating health disparities among Black populations intersect with historical and current socio-political and economical issues facing Black communities.

Black health Matters: Responding to COVID-19 brings together an enlightening and engaging discussion about the ways in which the ongoing response to testing, treatment, and recovery of COVID -19 is critically connected to anti-Black racism.

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In this two-hour forum, we intend to discuss race-based data collection and the government response, along with black service providers' experience during the pandemic, among many topics. The hosts want to engage in a fulsome discussion on a collective community response.

Hosts will open the floor to questions and comments throughout the event.

Speakers (in alphabetical order):

Beverly Bain, Professor Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus

Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Studies at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine

Mercy Lillian Gichuki, Program Manager, VAW sector

Dr. Onye Nnorom, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, DFCM, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Maureen Owino, PhD Candidate Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

** PLEASE NOTE: A link for the Zoom event and password will be sent to you AN HOUR before the live forum **

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Organizer Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Organizer of Black Health Matters: Responding to COVID-19

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is a Faculty of the University of Toronto that originated as one of the Schools of Hygiene begun by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1927. The School went through a dramatic renaissance after the 2003 SARS crisis and it is now the largest public health school in Canada, with more than 850 faculty, 1,000 students, and research and training partnerships with institutions throughout Toronto and the world. With $38.8 million in research funding per year, the School supports discovery in global health, tobacco impacts on health, occupational disease and disability, air pollution, inner city and Indigenous health, among many other areas. For more information, visit the website.

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