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Conference on racism and health

June 21, 2012

The “Second Annual Facing Racism in Health through Dialogue and Action” conference, hosted by Health Equity and Race Ontario (HERO), took place on June 19, 2012.

The conference facilitated knowledge exchange and dialogue on how racism impacts the health and well-being of Canadians. It included strategies and resources for reducing health inequities in local communities. The event was open to the general public and free to attend. Speakers included: Marty Mako, Niagara Public Health; Neethan Shan, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA); Denise Brooks, Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre. The keynote speaker was Dr. Sheryl Nestel, PhD, author of the Wellesley Institute report “Canada’s Colour Coded Health Care: the Impact of Race and Racism on Canadians’ Health”.

HERO is a coalition of organizations across Ontario working collaboratively to promote the health and well-being of communities facing systemic racism by addressing barriers to achieving optimal health, through education, community engagement and advocacy.

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