Addressing health care inequity for children and youth.

The Canadian Children, Youth and Communities (CCYC) In Equity Conference is an interdisciplinary conference designed to bring together pediatric health and allied health care professionals to address health care inequities from birth to adolescence using a family-centred approach.

This conference explores health equity topics specific to marginalized communities in the Canadian health care system and offers approaches that can be implemented to address barriers in accessing healthcare for under serviced, high-risk and economically disadvantaged children and youth.

Target Audience: This conference is for pediatric health and allied health professionals in academic and community settings nationwide who are looking to inform their professional practice with a health equity lens. Those seeking approaches to address barriers in accessing health care and ways in which to implement these approaches may find the conference helpful.

Goals

Overall goals of the conference are:

  1. To develop a network of researchers interested in health equity in children, youth and their families
  2. To bring awareness and address systemic inequities in health from birth to adolescence

Objectives

Throughout this conference, attendees will explore health system inequity issues specific to children and youth. By the end of the conference, they will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an increased awareness of systemic inequities in health from birth to adolescence compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Critically apply an equity lens to addressing social determinants of physical, developmental and mental health for children, youth and their families in the context of their health systems and communities.
  3. Implement innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing barriers to accessing quality healthcare for children, youth and their families.

Conference Themes

  • Race-Based Equity and Children’s Health

  • The Role of Schools and the Community in Child and Youth Health

  • Family Mental Health and Well-Being

  • Optimizing Health from Pregnancy to Preschool

  • Access and Inequity: Rethinking Health Systems for Women and Children