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Just futures: Systemic anti-racism and youth mental health

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What are the implications of systemic racism in the Canadian healthcare system for youth mental health?

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JUST FUTURES: SYSTEMIC ANTI-RACISM AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

This informal session will include a 25-minute presentation on the topic of systemic racism in the Canadian healthcare system and its implications for youth mental health. The presentation will outline historical and ongoing inequities experienced by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities in Canada, drawing on the speaker’s program of research. The presentation will be followed by conversation on how to mobilize action toward equity, anti-racism, and just futures for all youth.


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Dr. Carla Hilario is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, located on Treaty 6 territory. Her program of research is on equity-oriented health promotion and health services - with a focus on social determinants of youth mental health and co-designing inclusive services with youth. She is the principal investigator of several research projects: (1) Investigating the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of Adolescents in Alberta (funded by the Women and Children's Health Research Institute); (2) Creating Hope: Youth Suicide Prevention through the Co-Design of a Peer Support Program (funded by PolicyWise for Children and Families); and (3) Strategic Foresights for Canada's Reconciliation Futures: Engaging Indigenous and Newcomer Youth (funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada). She was born in the Philippines and raised on the unceded lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations.

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