december, 2017

5dec12:00 pm- 1:30 pmIND-equity: moving from benevolence to a rights-based health care approach for Indigenous populations


Event Details

When: Dec. 5th, 12 – 1:30 pm

209 Victoria St, Rm 211, venue is wheelchair accessible


RSVP: Space is limited. To register, email:


Speaker: Dr. Bernice Downey


Details: Health equity is upheld as a way to assist people to reach their full potential and receive high quality health care that is fair and appropriate to them and their needs. Where they live, what they have and who they are is not supposed to matter.


The literature supports a need to balance the implementation of universal measures for improving population health with targeted approaches aimed at improving health outcomes for marginalized populations.


As federal/provincial health system planners further engage in the development and implementation of strategies to improve health equity, how will the needs of Indigenous people be considered? The notion of  ‘IND-equity’ is proposed in an effort to explore this question within the current reconciliation and rights-based environment.


Presented by the Centre Talks committee at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions.


Bio: Dr. Bernice Downey


Dr. Bernice Downey is a woman of Ojibwe and Celtic heritage, a mother and a grandmother. She is a medical anthropologist with research interests in health, health literacy and Indigenous Traditional knowledge and health/research system reform for Indigenous populations. Bernice is currently cross appointed to the School of Nursing and Department of Psychiatry and Neuro-Behavioural Sciences and is the Indigenous Health Lead for the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University.  She is also the Regional Aboriginal Cancer Lead for Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto-Central Region. She is a life-long advocate in the work towards addressing the serious health inequities among Indigenous populations in Canada.


(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


209 Victoria Street, RM 211


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