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Call for Abstracts--Indigenous Health Conference: Challenging Health Inequities, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine

Deadline June 23, 2014

Indigenous people in Canada (Aboriginal – First Nations, Inuit and Métis) experience significant health disparities on every major health indicator, including lower life expectancies and higher infant mortality rates while Indigenous peoples continue to be under-serviced for health care, and do not have the same access to healthcare providers as other Canadians.

To address some of these needs, we have created the Indigenous Health Conference which is an interdisciplinary event. The Conference Committee primarily consists of members who are Indigenous healthcare providers and/or individuals with extensive experience working with Indigenous populations.

November 20-21, 2014
University of Toronto Conference Centre

This conference would be of interest to healthcare providers (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, community health representatives, rehab, etc.), but also to policy makers, and public health specialists. The conference objectives are to facilitate the translation and dissemination of knowledge and improve cultural sensitivity about Indigenous health in Canada. In addition the Job Fair would help match providers with working opportunities with Indigenous peoples, both rural and urban.

It is believed that through examining the evidence and creating dialogue with Indigenous peoples, experts in the field and healthcare providers, we can help create better educated, more culturally competent health care providers for Indigenous peoples. In turn, this will improve the health care service, improve the understanding of healthcare needs, help formulate community-based research questions and improve advocacy for Indigenous peoples in Canada.

We are pleased to announce that Abstract Submissions are now being accepted.

Topic Themes

  • Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced level
  • Women's Health (including Reproductive and Violence)
  • Children's Health
  • Mental Health (including Substance Abuse)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Chronic Disease
  • Nutrition
  • Determinants of Health (Housing, Poverty, etc.)
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Care Systems
  • Cultural Competency and Safety
  • Traditional Ways and Self-Determination
  • Indigenous Research and Population Health Data

Dates to note

  • Abstract Submissions Open: March 10, 2014
  • Abstract Submissions Close: June 23, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Successful Submission Notification: August 15, 2014
  • Presenter Response: September 5, 2014

For more information and to submit an abstract online, please visit