Cultural Humility

CRHESI co-coordinator James Shelley blogs about the concept of ‘cultural humility’… and the perspective it sheds on the idea of ‘cultural competency’:

Applied to healthcare in a cross-cultural context, we might imagine that a true master of cultural competency would be the last person to think of themselves as a ‘master’ at all. In fact, such a person might be hesitant to even self-describe themselves with the word ‘competent’. ‘Competency’ suggests a certain level of achievement, but an appreciation for the subtleties and prevalence of culture leaves one ever-questioning their ideas about what ‘the other’ person — the patient, for instance — truly needs, wants, and believes.

Read the full blog post here.

Event Calendar

Upcoming learning opportunities related to health equity and social inclusion:

Community Mental Health Experts Panel (September 29, 12-1:30pm)
“Join us as our community’s experts in mental health service delivery provide valuable information about the array of services, resources, expertise and referrals we and our clients can access.”

Inaugural Forum on Population Health Equity (October 18-19, 2016; Boston, MA)
“The 2016 Forum on Population Health Equity will focus on innovative, community-based, public health practice.”

Learning Challenges Symposium (October 19, 2016)
“This symposium has been organized for front-line staff to help raise awareness of learning disabilities and other disorders that can contribute to learning challenges… Topics covered include Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mental Illness (Anxiety, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.)”

Health Equity in Action Professional Learning Event (October 18-19, 2016; Toronto, ON)
“Sharing Leading Practices; Business Intelligence Reporting Tool For Quality Improvement; Population Needs-Based Planning; Health Equity Charter; Health Equity Impact Assessment Tool and more”

National Conference on Ending Homelessness (November 2-4, 2016; London, ON)
“The National Conference on Ending Homelessness arms policy makers, funders, researchers, advocates, community leaders and front line workers with the inspiration, information, tools and training they need to end homelessness.”

OPHA Fall Forum: Health For All – Closing the Health Equity Divide (November 8, 2016; Toronto, ON)
“Vibrant health should be achievable by all. Yet, this is not true for far too many Ontarians who may be unfairly and unjustly disadvantaged due to their income, education, race, or other markers of social status. At this year’s Forum, you will join leaders and professionals from across the health system to explore how together we can effectively address these health inequities and pursue a vision of health for all Ontarians.”

Long Range (Looking to 2017)

Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth (February 15-17, 2017; London, ON)
“A conference for policy makers, youth advocates, educators, mental health, youth justice and social service professionals involved in the prevention of relationship violence and promotion of youth well-being in families, schools and communities.”

Organizing Equality (March 24-26, 2017; London, ON)
“Organizing Equality is a major international conference hosted by members of the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University, and will take place at Museum London between the 24th and 26th of March 2017.”

Global Implementation Conference (June 20-21, 2017; Toronto, ON)
“The GIC is the leading international implementation conference in the world and aims to promote implementation science, practice, and policy and their active application in human services in order to contribute to demonstrable and socially significant benefits to individuals and society.”

Gender Summit (Nov 6-8, 2017; Montreal, QC)
“Close to 600 advocates of gender equality policy from science, innovation and development fields will participate in the Gender Summit North America 2017, to be held in Montréal, Canada.”

Are we missing something from this list? Let us know!

Understanding and Responding to Family Violence in the Context of Migration

This past June 29 saw 70-plus attendees convene at Western’s Faculty of Education for a community of practice conversation on family violence in the context of migration. Organized by CRHESI, the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) and the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children, the event brought multiple disciplines and research/practice perspectives together for a full day. The program included individual and panel presentations, including:

  • Gender-based violence in European and Migrant Contexts, by Dr. Lydia Potts, Oldenburg University, Germany.
  • Differential Responses to Family Violence in a Context of Pre- and Post-Migration Stressors, Dr. Mohammed Baobaid, MRCSSI, London ON.
  • Supporting Refugee and Immigrant Families through the Stress of Transition, by Dr. Lloy Wylie, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Our attendees provided thoughtful feedback at the end of the event. One of them said: “As a Ministry representative, this event helped me shape internal thinking and conversation on how to support this work.” Another attendee said: “This was a wonderful opportunity to hear from different perspectives.” And: “The time given and content shared permitted reflection of current practice and how to change in the future.”

We will share slideshows and a video synopsis of the symposium over the coming weeks.

Reminder: OTF Seed Grants Deadlines

Stay up to date with Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed Grants schedule for the year. Remember: the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion is interested in supporting community organizations who are making an application.

  1. Organization registration deadline: June 8, 2016, 5 p.m. EST.
    Application deadline: July 6, 2016, 5 p.m. EST.
  2. Organization registration deadline: August 17, 2016, 5 p.m. EST.
    Application deadline: September 14, 2016, 5 p.m. EST.
  3. Organization registration deadline: December 7, 2016, 5 p.m. EST.
    Application deadline: January 4, 2017, 5 p.m. EST.

If CRHESI can support your organization in the process of an OTF application, please let us know. We are here to support community-university partnerships, strengthen the scholarly research aspects of your application, and provide a community-academic research lens to initiatives that promote health equity and social inclusion. Email us at to start the conversation.