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  • September 27, 2021 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Join the lecture and panel discussion that will foster a dialogue on health equity, as it relates to community advocacy, community engagement and community-level work. From targeting community-based and engaged perspectives to work with Canada’s Indigenous and Black communities, the discussion will emphasize the importance of tackling inequities in healthcare amongst other issues.


The Vohra Miller Lectures in Critical Public Health Issues in collaboration with the Institute for Pandemics aims to foster a dialogue and engage the public health and health system communities on significant issues facing the health of Canadians. In doing so, it positions the Dalla Lana School of Public Health as a hub of public health and health systems experts and thought leaders who are having a positive impact on health locally and globally.

Host and Moderator:

Arjumand Siddiqi, Canada Research Chair in Population Health Equity; Professor and Division Head of Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Keynote Speaker:

OmiSoore Dryden, PhD, Associate Professor, James R. Johnston (JRJ) Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University

Featured Panelists:

Corey Bernard, Director, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Anti-Racism, Ontario Health

Dr. Suzanne Shoush, Primary care physician, St. Michael’s Hospital and Inner City Health Associates (ICHA); Lead Physician of Nameres, Ode’i min, and Call-Auntie Clinics

With remarks by:

Adalsteinn Brown, Professor and Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Dr. Nelson Lee, Professor and Interim Director, Institute for Pandemics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health