Building your toolbox for more equitable healthcare: Guidance on health equity training



Aamna Ashraf – Manager, Health Equity, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Samiya Abdi – Senior Program Specialist, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP), Public Health Ontario

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

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Health equity training is part of a toolbox of methods that organizations can use to support staff to provide more inclusive and equitable services. But how can you incorporate meaningful health equity training into your organization?

This roundtable webinar will discuss ways to enhance health equity training in a healthcare setting. The panelists will share their ideas for improving staff health equity training, drawing upon what they have learned from developing and running health equity training in organizations across Ontario. The webinar will explore the following topics:

  • the functions of staff health equity training
  • what to consider prior to developing the training
  • some features of effective health equity training
  • the role of psychological safety in health equity training.

This webinar supports the use of a resource developed by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Champions Group: “Promising practices for health equity training in a healthcare setting.”

About the Presenters

Aamna Ashraf (she/her) is Manager of Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is a well-known figure in the field of health equity and is an experienced professional in the areas of program and policy implementation, stakeholder development and partnerships. Aamna holds a master’s degree in education (Counselling Psychology) and has worked in the not for profit sector for over 20 years. As an advocate for health equity, Aamna leads the award winning Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project and serves as one of Ontario's Health Equity Impact Assessment Champions. She previously worked as a Senior Program Advisor in refugee resettlement with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Before this she was the Director of the Peel Newcomer Strategy –the Local Immigration Partnership for Peel region. Aamna has also worked at United Way Peel and York as well as leading service development for diverse populations at Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto.

Samiya Abdi (she/her) is a Senior Program Specialist with Public Health Ontario. She holds a master’s degree in public health, as well as a postgraduate diploma in social innovation and systems thinking. Samiya has over 14 years of experience in strategic planning, program development, management, and evaluation within government, non-profits, and corporations. Her practice is grounded in action to challenge multiple and intersecting forms of oppression; in understanding marginalization in knowledge production, research, and practice; and in building equitable systems.

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Aamna Ashraf


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Samiya Abdi

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