Study Participants Wanted – Black Health Education Collaborative (BHEC) Research Study: Community Stories

The Black People’s Experiences with Anti-Black Racism in the Canadian Healthcare System research is focused on collecting community stories of African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) people’s experiences in the Canadian healthcare system, the impact it has had on them and their overall health.  

The stories and participation will provide a deeper understanding of anti-Black racism and the challenges faced by ACB in accessing healthcare in Canada but also strategies of resistance and wellness. 

This research is being conducted by Professor. Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh and has been reviewed and approved by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Must be 18 years of age or older 
  • Must speak and understand English 
  • Must self-identify as Black 
  • Must have accessed health services in Canada 
  • Must reside in the provinces of Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Ontario 
  • Must be able to participate in an in-person, videotaped interview (30-60 minutes) if selected 

Participation entails: 

  • A 30 – 60 minute video interview where the participant will be asked about their experience with the Canadian healthcare system 
  • All participants will receive a $50 gift card 

The recruitment poster for this research study is attached. To learn more about BHEC, please visit our website 

If you would like to participate in the Black People’s Experiences with Anti-Black Racism in the Canadian Healthcare System research study or have any questions, please email   

Western Heads East Program at Western International – Applications opened: Internship opportunities in East Africa

Applications for internships with the Western Heads East program are now open! This is a great opportunity to gain internship experience while assisting with social enterprise and health sustainability initiatives in Africa. Check out the impact of the program over the past 20th years in this Western News article!

Most internships take place in the Summer of 2023, but it is possible to apply for an internship at any time of the year. With a 90-day commitment, interns can expect to: 

  • Practice sustainable business and social enterprise skills 
  • Collaborate on community kitchens and women empowerment projects 
  • Promote awareness to Western University’s community about health sustainability in East Africa 
  • Rise engagement on social media and in local communities

How to Apply? 

Students that will have completed their second year of studies and that are at least 18 years old by the time of internship placement are welcome to apply. This program is also open to graduate students. 

Check out all the opportunities available on Become an Intern website.   

Interested students are encouraged to visit the Western Heads East website or check out the Instagram page to learn more about the internship and the WHE mission and interns’ experience. Students are encouraged to contact the program coordinator Maria Rodriguez ( for further information.

New report: Monitoring changes in health inequalities through time : A scan of international initiatives and a rapid review of scientific literature

Public Health Agency of Canada’s Health Equity Policy Division is pleased to share the public release of a new report: Monitoring changes in health inequalities through time: A scan of international initiatives and rapid review of scientific literature.

As the lead of Health Inequalities Reporting Initiative, Public Health Agency of Canada aims to begin tracking changes in health inequalities over time. Tracking changes in health inequalities over time can help inform programs and policies and assess if they are working fairly for everyone. It can also provide insights on where to focus health promotion interventions to support those most in need.

This rapid literature review helps fill in evidence gaps by identifying best practices for tracking health inequalities over time. In total, we reviewed 19 international initiatives and 14 Canadian studies that assessed health inequalities over time and identified over 20 promising practices. 

These included:

  • Clarifying the purpose of the analyses for public health practice, and establishing analytic objectives accordingly.
  • Providing a clear rationale for the selection of health and social indicators for monitoring.
  • Selecting data sources with sufficient follow-up time frames to feasibly observe meaningful changes in health inequalities over time.
  • Providing a systematic description of rates and inequalities, by group and time periods, respectively.
  • Tracking changes in absolute and relative inequalities.
  • Providing enough methodological detail to allow for replication.
  • Using various data visualization techniques to convey key findings.

Call for Members: Ontario Public Health Emergencies Science Advisory Committee (OPHESAC)

The Ontario Public Health Emergencies Science Advisory Committee (formerly the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table) is a group of independent, multi-disciplinary experts whose role is to enhance provincial capacity to respond to a spectrum of public health emergencies with the best available evidence. OPHESAC provides independent scientific advice to PHO, and where appropriate through PHO to Ministry of Health, to inform the management of public health emergencies, including COVID-19.

The Ontario Public Health Emergencies Science Advisory Committee (OPHESAC) is currently recruiting members with diverse expertise including health equity and social justice. Interested candidates should send their expression of interest, with a curriculum vitae and complete contact details to by Friday, September 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.