The University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine, Continuing Professional Development is hosting the 2nd Biennial Indigenous Health Conference at the Hilton Meadowvale, May 26-27, 2016.
This year, the conference will focus on how we can work together towards improving the health inequities faced by Indigenous populations and provide a forum to discuss ways to move towards reconciliation. Health Care practitioners from across the country, as well as some of the best academic minds and community partners working in the field, will converge for two days of informative, 'must-attend' sessions.
"In line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call-to-action items related to health, this conference aims to share the distinct health needs of Indigenous peoples through the voices of Indigenous peoples," says Dr. Anna Banerji, course director and conference chair. "Through this forum, healthcare professionals can become better educated, more culturally competent health care providers for Indigenous peoples".
Attendees from across Canada will gather to hear from some of the nation's most knowledgeable and dynamic speakers including Chief Wilson Littlechild of the TRC; Chief Isadore Day, Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; Dr. Evan Adams; Dr. Cindy Blackstock, and many more.
"Health care providers have a critical role with Indigenous populations in advocating for the improved status of an individual, family, community. Through creating dialogue with Indigenous peoples, health experts. Policy makers and health care providers, there is an opportunity to improve health care service, the understanding of healthcare needs, and advocacy for Indigenous peoples in Canada," says Banerji.
Themes include determinants of health, cultural competency, health disparities, chronic disease and infectious disease, mental health, traditional ways and self-determination, impact of the environment on the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada as well as many others.