Racism, Health & Resilience: Strategies for Closing Health Inequities

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Ryerson Student Centre

55 Gould Street

Tecumseh Auditorium

Toronto, ON M5B 1E9

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Racism makes people sick. A 2013 Toronto Public Health (TPH) report shows that racism results in increased rates of depression, work and life stress, as well as worse self-reported health. In fact, the more racism a person experiences, the more likely they are to suffer from poor health.


Racism is a prevalent reality in this city. Research shows that two-thirds of Torontonians report having experienced discrimination because of their race, ethnicity or culture. Given Toronto's ethno-racial diversity, racism is a public health issue in this city.


Dr. Kwame McKenize is an international expert in racism and mental health. He will speak about the evidence in this area of research; resiliency factors in communities; and how public health and other city divisions can reduce health inequities in racialized communities.


About Dr. McKenzie

Dr. Kwame McKenzie is the CEO of the Wellesley Institute, Medical Director of Children and Youth Services, Geriatric Mental Health, Dual Diagnosis Services and Health Equity at the Centre for Addition and Mental Health, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is an international expert on the social causes of mental illness, suicide and the development of effective and equitable health systems.

As a physician, psychiatrist, researcher and policy advisor, Dr. McKenzie has worked to identify the causes of mental illness and in cross-cultural health for over two decades. He is an active, funded researcher of social, community, clinical and policy issues and has nearly 200 academic publications including four books.

After completing his medical training at the University of Southampton, Dr. McKenzie undertook psychiatric training at the Maudlsey Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry and Harvard University.

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Toronto, ON M5B 1E9

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