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Small Steps for Indigenous Health Inclusion in Medical Curricula

Dawn T. Maracle, Angela Mashford-Pringle, Onye Nnorom

by Françoise Makanda, DLSPH After three years of ardent work, the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Program is taking its first steps in Indigenizing its curriculum. But program leads Profs. Onye Nnorom and Barry Pakes are not rejoicing just yet. “We hope to Indigenize or at least decolonize our curriculum,”...

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DLSPH Researcher to Helm $2.5 Million Training and Mentorship Hub in 2SLGBTQ+ Health

Pride flag hanging from building, triangle colours

By Elaine Smith An interdisciplinary research team has received a $2.5 million grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to develop the 2SLGBTQ+ Health Hub: an intersectional training and mentorship platform. This innovative hub will tackle a major training and capacity gap in intersectional and community-informed 2SLGBTQ+ health...

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DLSPH Researchers Study Canadian Vaccine Distribution From an Equity Lens

DLSPH researchers and colleagues from across Canada are studying the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in seven Canadian jurisdictions to learn the best ways of reaching equity-deserving and at-risk populations. Prof. Monica Aggarwal and her team received $500,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for a year-long study that will...

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Meet DLSPH’s New Associate Dean, Public Health Sciences

Prof. Carol Strike in black sweater with white polka dots, glasses, chin length bob, in front of window in her home

By Heidi Singer In the early 90s, Carol Strike was working as an HIV researcher for Health Canada when she met a group of epidemiologists working directly with HIV-positive people to develop research most relevant to the community’s needs. Thirty years ago, the idea of community-based research was still fairly...

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Blake-​Hepburn: Let us Celebrate Black Resilience

by Françoise Makanda, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Denessia Blake-Hepburn hopes this Black History Month, the diaspora celebrates resistance and resilience. The recent MPH graduate worked with DLSPH Prof. Roberta Timothy and fellow student Falan Bennett as co-investigators on the Black Health Matters COVID-19 survey about how Black people...

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Meet DLSPH’s new 2SLGBTQ+ Health Lead

By Elaine Smith Daniel Grace, an associate professor at DLSPH, has been named the School’s new 2SLGBTQ+ Health Lead, effective Jan. 1, 2022. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support the advancement of education and research in 2SLGBTQ+ health,” says Grace, Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender...

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DLSPH Launches New Equity Hub

Dear DLSPH Community, We would like to take a moment to share with you the launch of DLSPH’s first Equity Hub. There is and has been excellent work happening around the school being led by students, faculty, and staff to help move the needle on issues related to equity, inclusivity...

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Dean’s Statement—2022 Black History/​Black Futures Month

Dear DLSPH Community, Today is the beginning of Black History/Black Futures Month. I’d like to share some events that our School is hosting to celebrate Black excellence and some thoughts about what this time means to me, as a public health academic. On Feb. 3 at 6:30 pm, I hope...

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Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Dear DLSPH Community, Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day -- a chance to remember and learn from the Shoah. The conditions that gave rise to Nazism share much with genocides across the world and throughout history. We typically explain them by pointing to factors like political upheaval, extremist ideology and...

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Outreach and Access Program Expands to Runnymede and Westview Centennial High Schools

Student Shamar Small is working with this team

by Françoise Makanda, DLSPH DLSPH’s Outreach and Access Program continues to have an impact on more Toronto high schools. It completed its first semester at Westview Centennial. “It feels great that the program continues to expand and that we’re continuing to develop relationships and reaching more schools, more students, and...

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