Shehzad Ali asks: Can we develop an equitable health system?

In this video, Dr. Shehzad Ali, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Public Health Economics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, describes how his research uses administrative health data to measure inequality in access, use and outcomes of health care systems across specific geographic service areas. Through his research, he created an interactive tool that helps organizations quantify how different resource allocations or interventions can mitigate inequality and improve patient outcomes.

Find Meaning in Movement

Dr. P. David Howe (Medical Anthropologist and the Dr. Frank J. Hayden Endowed Chair in Sport and Social Impact at Western University’s School of Kinesiology) will speak as a panelist at the Ontario Brain Institute’s Public Talks series on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Dr. Howe’s research focuses on the sociocultural factors that include physical activity, disability sport and to empower marginalized populations through movement.

Date – Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Time – 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST
Register via Eventbrite

We often think of physical activity contributing only to physical fitness – but there is strong evidence to support that movement benefits, protects, and sustains our cognitive fitness as well. Movement in all forms has profound impacts on our brains across our lifespan, from improving mental health to reducing risk of dementia, and more.

Join our panel of advocates, community leaders, and researchers to discover how only a few moments of movement each day is an investment to promote brain health for years to come.

Webinar: Embedding Anti-Racism and Decolonization in University Approaches to EDI

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:00-2:30 P.M.

You are invited to join us for an afternoon discussion on the importance of embedding principles of anti-racism and decolonization in the core missions of Canadian universities, featuring special presentations by Dr. Malinda S. Smith (Calgary) and Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek (York).

Dr. Nicole Kaniki and Dr. Bertha Garcia, Western’s special advisors on anti-racism, will then join us to outline their work to reimagine the current processes for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives at Western, and address how their work will activate the recommendations of the report to the President’s Anti-Racism Working Group.

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Approaching Equity in Global Health during COVID-19

Approaching Equity in Global Health during COVID-19
March 20-21, 2021 – Virtual Conference

Organized by Western Heads East (WHE), Global Health Equity Collective (GHEC), the Faculty of Health Sciences Student Council (FHSSC), Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), UWO students for PIH (Partners in Health), Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR).

This is a 2-day conference, providing participants with the opportunity to explore, connect, and collaborate with the healthcare industry; learn from the keynote speakers, the workshops, and your peers.

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Announcing the Undergraduate Global Health Equity Research Fellowship Program

The Undergraduate Global Health Equity Research Fellowship Program is a program aimed at building the capacity, knowledge and interest of undergraduate students at Western University in health equity research, with a local or global focus, or both. Six fellowship positions are available, valued at $1200 each. Each fellowship will focus on one of the following themes: racism and health; gender-based violence/trauma- and violence-informed care (TVIC); disabilities and equity; newcomer issues/challenges; homelessness and housing security; and, Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ health.

Under the guidance of faculty and community partner co-mentors, the fellow will engage in research, scholarship or creative activities within their respective area of focus.

The program will run between May 3-August 27, 2021.
Application deadline: April 6, 2021
Notice of decisions: April 16, 2021

» Letter of Information (PDF)

» Application form

The Undergraduate Global Health Equity Research Fellowship Program is a collaboration between the Health Equity Interdisciplinary Development Initiative and the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion.