CASSA’s 10th Annual

Health Equity Summit

COVID-19 Response: Road to Recovery

Sep 22 - 23

Zoom

RSVP

About the Event

The Health Equity Summit is a recognizable event that addresses health-related disparities, particularly those affecting South Asians and other racialized communities. This year’s Summit plans to address the concerns with reopening society after months of social isolation. The Summit will provide an opportunity for public health professionals, community leaders, researchers, academics, social-service providers, and decision-makers alike to demonstrate our collective capacity to improve health equity in ongoing and future public health crises. 

Speakers

Walied Khogali, Co-Founder - Coalition Against White Supremacy and Islamophobia

Stephen Petersen, Lead Strategic Analyst - Ontario Health

Sana Imran, Registered Social Worker

Keddone Dias, Executive Director - LAMP Community Health Centre

Dr. Amrita Mishra, Project Director - Indo-Canadian Women's Association

Dr. Amit Arya, Palliative Care Physician - Kensington Gardens

Angela Robertson, Executive Director - Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre

Sujane Kandasamy, PhD Candidate - McMaster University

Samiya Abdi, Senior Program Specialist - Public Health Ontario

Maneet Chahal, Co-Founder - SOCH Mental Health

Jayneel Limbachia, Co-Founder - COVID-19 Made Simple

Dr. Vinita Dubey, Associate Medical Officer of Health - Toronto Public Health

Sabina Vohra Miller, Co-Founder - Vohra-Miller Foundation

Corey Bernard, Director of Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Anti-Racism - Ontario Health

Nousin Hussan, Researcher - Public Health Ontario

22

Sept

10:00 AM

Opening Remarks

10:10 AM
Dr. Vinita Dubey, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health
Keddone Dias, Executive Director of LAMP Community Health Centre 
11:10 AM

Plenary Session – Mental Health and Addictions Concerns
Sana Imran
Policy Analyst, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

11:40 AM

 

BREAK
12:10 PM

Plenary Session – Mental Health and Addictions Concerns
Maneet Chahal
CEO & Co-Founder, Soch Mental Health

12:40 PM

Breakout Session – Data Collection and Decision-Making during Public Health Crises
Corey Bernard, Director, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Anti-Racism, Ontario Health
Stephen Petersen, Lead, Strategic Analytics, Ontario Health

Breakout Session – Effective Communication Strategies for Public Health Crises
Jayneel Limbachia, Co-Founder, COVID-19 Made Simple, South Asian Health Researcher
Sujane Kandasamy, PhD Researcher in Knowledge Translation Science

Breakout Session – A Framework for Community Engagement during Public Health Crises
Walied Khogali, Co-Founder, Coalition Against White Supremacy and Islamophobia

1:20 PM

Report Back Session

1:40 PM

Closing Remarks

23

Sept

10:00 AM

Opening Remarks

10:10 AM
Amrita Mishra, Project Director, Indo-Canadian Women’s Association
Angela Robertson, Executive Director, Parkdale Community Health Centre
11:10 AM
Dr. Amit Arya, Palliative Care Physician. Health & Human Rights Advocate
11:40 AM

 

BREAK
12:10 AM
Dr. Amrit Sehdev, Physician & Cofounder, South Asian Covid Taskforce
12:40 PM

Breakout Session – Data Collection and Decision-Making during Public Health Crises
Samiya Abdi, Senior Program Specialist, Public Health Ontario

Breakout Session – Effective Communication Strategies for Public Health Crises
Dr. Sabina Vohra Miller, Co-Founder, Vohra-Miller Foundation

Breakout Session – A Framework for Community Engagement during Public Health Crises
Nousin Hussain, Researcher, Public Health Agency of Canada

1:20 PM

Report Back Session

1:40 PM

Closing Remarks

Summit Proceedings Report

For the first time ever, CASSA hosted our 10th Annual Health Equity Summit using Pheedloop, a virtual event platform. Last year, the summit focused on the beginning phases of COVID-19 emergency care and response. And this year, CASSA continued the conversation across two days, but focused on the concerns with reopening society after months of social isolation.

The overarching theme of the summit was ‘COVID-19 Response: Road to Recovery’. The summit provided an opportunity for public health professionals, community leaders, researchers, academic, social-service providers, and decision-makers alike to demonstrate our collective capacity to improve health equity in ongoing and future public health crises. At this event, we covered many issues including chronic health, mental health, sexual health, maternal health, migrant health, social determinants of health, best practices, policy-making, and advocacy.