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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

7:00 a.m. Registration opens
7:30 Exhibits / Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 

Plenary One | Opening ceremonies and welcome

Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen land acknowledgements become more prevalent when opening meetings, panels, speeches – the list goes on. But why do we do land acknowledgements? And are they helping us do the work of reconciliation? For this year’s introductory plenary, we are expanding on the standard land acknowledgement and diving into ways that we as individuals should be participating in reconciliation. We all have responsibilities to ourselves, our ancestors, the earth, and everything around us. This plenary reminds us of these responsibilities and our histories on this land. It goes beyond a standard land acknowledgement to situate us in the present and clarify our roles when it comes to reconciliation.  

9:30 - 10:15 Networking and Exhibitor Break
10:15 - 11:15 Morning Concurrent Sessions
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Exhibit Hall
12:30 - 2:00

Plenary Two | Empowering Words: Language as a tool for creating, sustaining, and dismantling systems of power

Every day, we unconsciously use language in ways that create and reinforce inequity. We do this by denying people the right to their own language. We do it by talking about the people we serve in words that mark them as “other” or erase unique identities. We do it by using inaccessible jargon that holds them back from being equal partners in conversation. We do it simply by failing to listen. This plenary will challenge us to think about how we can use language consciously to interrogate and dismantle systems of power and oppression. It will explore innovative models for integrating and incorporating anti-oppressive approaches into clinical practice, with a focus on language. It will also call on us to develop a deeper understanding of privilege, to change how we talk about health and the people we serve, and to amplify voices that have been silenced. Attendees will walk away with strategies they can use in their own practices to advance equity in health care. 

2:00 - 2:45 Posters and Exhibitor Break
2:45 - 4:15 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
6:00 - 6:30 Reception with cash bar
6:30 Transformative Change Awards Gala

Thursday, October 1, 2020

7:00 a.m. Registration opens
7:30 - 8:30 Exhibits / Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00

Plenary Three | Another World is Possible: Exploring strategies to address racial bias driven disparities in health

The evidence is clear: racial bias drives disparities and inequities in healthcare. These disparities need to be situated and understood as the products of systemic and structural factors that produce inequitable health outcomes for Indigenous, Black and racialized people in Ontario. With this undeniable evidence in hand, the community health sector needs to ask: What are we doing to transform healthcare? This plenary will explore the impacts of racial bias and inequality on health. It will ask how racial bias shapes institutions and healthcare systems overall. It will also discuss the importance of comprehensive interventions to address these inequalities, such as policies mandating the collection of race-based data used to measure health care inequities. 

10:00 - 10:30  Networking and Exhibitor Break
10:30 - 11:30 Morning Concurrent Sessions
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Exhibit Hall
12:30 - 1:30 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
1:45 - 3:15

Plenary Four | The Future of Healthcare: Digital Innovation

Ontario’s health landscape is undergoing rapid transformation. As our health system changes, digital healthcare will advance access to care, generating opportunities for innovation and promoting creativity. Innovative digital health models have the potential to fundamentally transform how healthcare is delivered and experienced. However, digital technology can also be used to reinforce existing structural and systemic inequalities.

This period of system-wide transformation presents an opportunity to build an innovative and resilient health care system that is responsive to evolving population needs. This plenary will explore advancements in digital health and the role of community-led organizations in the creation of learning health systems, which ensure data and evidence are effectively used to improve client care.