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Concurrent Sessions

Call for learning session proposals

Across Ontario and beyond, health equity and community health and wellbeing are top of mind like at no other time. It’s encouraging to see conversations shifting, and recognition of the power in community to solve challenges and address barriers.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its effects continue to expose the social and health inequities faced by communities across Ontario and Canada. We know that disparities in resources and access to care disproportionately affect marginalized people and communities, especially Black and racialized populations; Indigenous people across Ontario, including those who live in urban areas; people living on low incomes; and isolated seniors in rural areas, among others. In laying bare these inequities, the pandemic highlights the imperative for urgent action like never before. Recovering to the status quo is no recovery at all.

We are ready to take the next steps to move us towards real, sustainable systemic change. This is why we’re excited to invite you to join us at Action Now! Building Equitable Futures Together, our comprehensive primary health care conference, June 8-9, 2022. Together, we will imagine, design and build the equitable futures we know are possible and necessary today.

Our annual health equity-focused conference will bring together clinicians and other health and social service providers, researchers, policy-makers and others to learn and discuss all the local change happening in the broader contexts we are working in right now.

  • These contexts include decolonization efforts in health and other systems and the development and adoption of a Black Health Strategy for Ontario.
  • We are also seeing surges in need for mental health care, primary care and action on the social determinants of health, such as housing and food security.
  • Digital equity is in the spotlight as more services and pathways to connect move to virtual spaces.
  • Rapid health system change and transformation is an ever-present backdrop.

Collective action at local levels – as we’ve seen in many ways between community partners during COVID-19 – points to the power and potential in community to change systems and policies that impact people’s lives and health. That is what real change can look like.

Join us, and let’s seize this opportunity together to take action now for health equity and a more equitable future for everyone. 

Deadline for submissions is Call for workshop proposals now open! Deadline for submissions is January 10, 2022.

Before you submit your proposal, please review the conference criteria, priority topics, formats and terms and conditions.

Submit your proposal

Those submitting proposals will be informed of acceptance on or after February 1, 2022.

Criteria for proposals

  1. Relevance to conference theme. Priority will be given to proposals that include both systemic and community-based perspectives on the conference theme.
  2. Priority will be given to proposals that include perspectives from one or more (intersectional perspectives) from the Alliance’s priority groups including: Indigenous, Black, Francophone and LGBT2SQ+ communities.
  3. Well organized proposal with clear description of the intended learning objectives and outcomes.
  4. The initiative, program or project includes evidence or research-informed decision-making and has achieved, or is on-track to achieve, measurable results.
  5. The proposal includes perspectives from clients and/or communities with lived experiences.

Conference Priority Topics

The Alliance invites proposals of concurrent sessions and posters that showcase work on various topics, including (but not limited to):

  • Anti-Black racism,
  • Community-centred governance,
  • Primary care in interprofessional health teams,
  • Francophone health,
  • Digital equity,
  • Harm reduction,
  • Temporary seasonal agricultural workers,
  • Indigenous health in Indigenous hands,
  • Francophone health,
  • LGBT2SQ+.


Program and Practice Spotlights (10 min): 10-minute story presentation about an effective approach, applied research initiative or an innovative practice or program.

Panel Presentations (60 min): A coordinated presentation by up to three panelists, and possibly a discussant, providing an in-depth, theme-based exploration of a current issue facing community-centred primary health care.

Skill Building Workshops (60 min): The presenter teaches or demonstrates a specific skill or practice required in a primary health care setting. These sessions will include an engaging interactive component that enables participants to explore how they might apply such skill or practices in their setting.

Practice and Research Posters: Present the work your team is doing, research or other innovation in a poster format.

Terms and Conditions

Notification of acceptance

The deadline to submit a proposal is January 10, 2022. All proposals will be acknowledged with a confirmation number upon submission. Please print/save a copy of your confirmation screen.

All authors of accepted proposals will be notified on or after February 1, 2022. They will then have three days from the acceptance notification to confirm their participation in writing. 

Please note: The conference program will include sessions from both the call for proposals and from invited speakers relevant to the conference themes. To achieve diversity and balance in the conference program and address time and space constraints, the conference team may suggest changing the session format or combining similar sessions into one.

Registration fees for presenters

If accepted, it is understood that the presenter(s) agree to complete and submit an online conference registration form, pay the appropriate conference registration fee, and make the presentation as scheduled.

Presenters are responsible for all expenses related to presenting at the conference.


For questions related to the terms, conditions and logistics, please email