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Call for Workshops--AOHC Annual Conference 2010: Health Equity: Pushing the Boundaries

Deadline  December 18, 2009

June 10th & 11th
Sheraton on the Falls
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Health equity — everybody’s doing it. Right? It’s the language utilized by some policy makers, researchers, community members, social service providers and healthcare organizations.

But does it mean the same thing to everybody? Where do these values, attitudes, policies, principles, actions and words overlap? How are they different? How do they shape the planning and delivery of high-quality health care? Are they obvious to patients, healthcare workers, boards of directors, policy makers?

If we were to attempt a definition of health equity, it would look something like this:

  • Health equity will seek to put in place policies and practices that
  • Increase access, participation, equity, inclusiveness and social justice by eliminating systemic barriers to full participation;
  • Promote positive relations and attitudinal change by creating a climate where discriminatory or oppressive behaviours are not tolerated.

People in less-advantaged or less-powerful situations — whether measured by gender, socio-economic status or class, race, immigration situation or other intersecting dimensions of inequality — tend to have poorer health. At the same time, there are consistent disparities and inequities in the access people have to health care. This all leads to health disparities or inequities: differences in health outcomes that are avoidable, unfair and systematically related to social inequality and disadvantage.

So lets Push the Boundaries. We’ll have opportunities in these workshops to listen not only to the wisdom and experience of colleagues in our sector (including Community Health Centres, Community-governed Family Health Teams, and Aboriginal Health Access Centres), but also to hear from those in other sectors who are pushing the boundaries in their contexts with a view to not just individual health, but social integration, inclusion and cohesion.

Workshops will highlight how colleagues and stakeholders are meeting the challenge of providing equitable primary health care through anti-oppressive and culturally-competent practices. In addition to sharing case studies of best practices, conference workshops will equip participants with concrete skills and suggest those factors that make for success.

If you would like to deliver a workshop or poster presentation, please complete the attached form. Be as specific as possible about the focus of your workshop, the extent to which you can document concrete outcomes of your initiative and the intended outcomes for participants who attend the workshop.

If you suspect your workshop idea may closely resemble others, we still strongly encourage you to submit a proposal. If the programme that you wish to showcase is delivered in partnership with other member Centres or providers, we encourage you to make a joint submission.

NEW! Poster Presentation--If you would like to have a poster in the main conference area that highlights the work your Centre is doing or a particular programme(s)/service(s) that you offer, please include a one-page, double-spaced description of the documents to be included and originals/copies of those documents if available.

For more information, and to access the proposal submission form, please visit