Every Woman Matters!


Notisha Massaquoi - Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre

Date: Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

watch here button - • Building Internal Health Equity at Health Quality Ontario


There is clear evidence that disparities in access to mental health care and successful outcomes are strikingly different for racialized, immigrant and refugee women. The experience of rapid mental health deterioration post-settlement as well as increasing barriers to accessing care caused by racism, sexism, islamophobia, and other forms of social exclusion are reason for concern as policy changes being made in our current political climate will have enormous impacts on access to care and health outcomes for all women. There is a pressing need for us to consider the specific barriers for racialized, immigrant and refugee women accessing the healthcare system and to develop a sound understanding of the facilitators and solutions that will improve access to and the creation of optimal services. The services and research of Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre will act as the foundation for the evidence based interventions proposed in this discussion.

Learning Objectives

  • Determine optimal service provision, quality of care and access to mental health services in relation to determinants of health for racialized, immigrant, refugee women.
  • Explore a more effective and holistic model of mental health service delivery for racialized, immigrant, refugee women.


About the Presenter

Notisha Massaquoi has been an enthusiastic advocate for advancements in racialized women's healthcare globally for the past 25 years. She is currently the Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre – the only Community Health Centre in Canada, which provides specialized primary healthcare for racialized women. She is also a lecturer in the Faculty of Social Work at Ryerson University. Her research and publications have focused on increased access to primary healthcare for racialized women and the impact of systemic racism on the health outcomes of Black women in Canada.


Notisha Massaquoi Headshot

Notisha Massaquoi

Quick links

Upcoming webinars

Past webinars

Past webinar topics


How to use HEIA

Case studies

Tools for using HEIA

HEIA research

Why Health Equity Matters