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Wednesday, June 16

9:00-10:00 am

From Risk to Resilience: Learning from the pandemic and the power of community to achieve health equity

The conference will open on June 16 with a keynote address by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam, discussing the importance of health equity in building back better after COVID-19, and the role of community in that work. Dr. Tam’s most recent report in her role with the Public Health Agency of Canada is From risk to resilience: An equity approach to COVID-19 (October 2020).

10:00-10:30 Networking and Virtual Exhibitor Break
10:30-11:30 Morning Concurrent Sessions
11:30 - 12:30 pm Lunch and Virtual Exhibit Hall
12:30 - 1:30

Into Focus: A Conversation with Sandy Hudson on the Impact of the Black Lives Matter Movement to the Advancement of Black Health

Sandy Hudson is the founder of the Black Lives Matter movement presence in Canada and Black Lives Matter – Toronto; she also co-founded the Black Legal Action Centre, a specialty legal aid clinic, which provides direct legal services and test case litigation for Black communities in Ontario. Sandy currently serves as the Co-Director for Black Lives Matter – Grassroots and co-hosts the Sandy and Nora Talk Politics podcast.

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1:30 - 1:45 Break/Virtual Exhibit Hall
1:45 - 2:45 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
2:45-3:15 Networking

Thursday, June 17

9:00-10:00 am

Dr. Christopher Mushquash

Christopher Mushquash, Ph.D., C.Psych., is Ojibway, and a member of Pawgwasheeng (Pays Plat First Nation). He is a registered clinical psychologist (Ontario), Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Clinical Psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, Associate Vice President Research at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, and Chief Scientist at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute. He is also Director of the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Lakehead University. Dr. Mushquash is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, with expertise in rural and northern clinical practice and the development of culturally appropriate interventions for mental health and addiction difficulties in First Nations children, adolescents, and adults. He is an academic researcher and Indigenous scholar who was born and raised in rural Northwestern Ontario.

10:00 - 10:30  Networking and Virtual Exhibitor Break
10:30 - 11:30 Morning Concurrent Sessions
11:30 - 12:30 pm Lunch and Exhibit Hall
12:30 - 1:30 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
1:30-1:45 Break/Virtual Exhibit Hall

Transformative Change Awards Celebration

Our final plenary in 2021 will be a celebration of excellence in work towards health equity. Alliance for Healthier Communities Board Chair and TAIBU CHC Executive Director Liben Gebremikael will guide a session of recognizing and spotlighting three teams for their Transformative Change Awards, as well as individual awards, including the inaugural Denise Brooks Health Equity Champion Award, the Community Health Champion Award, the Adrianna Tetley Legacy Award for leadership in health equity, and two recipients for excellence in journalism in support of health equity and community health. Bring your own refreshments and join us to toast these amazing innovators and champions of community health and hear some inspiring words to cap off Power In Community.