This series introduces the tenets and practices of equity, diversity and inclusion for those interested in incorporating these aspects into their research programs. Healthcare researchers, clinicians and administrators at every level are welcome.

Sessions will be held on Thursdays bi-weekly from 2pm-4pm ET (Toronto) from March 18 to July 22.
Each session includes a fireside chat style talk and question and answer component. Attend sessions of interest to hear about a specific topic or the entire series to develop a comprehensive understanding of EDI from multiple perspectives. The total series is equivalent to 20 hours.


  • Session 1 – March 18
    Precision Health Care

    Bringing Health Equitable Outcomes into Focus

    Dr. Ronald Cohn
    President & CEO, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

    Dr. Yvonne Bombard
    Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

    The conversation will be expected to explore issues of genetic discrimination and how models of precision health have the potential to transform the healthcare experience in Canada. Ideally, the conversation would also examine how data governance can be used to effectively tackle social, economic and policy issues which have historically marginalized equity-seeking groups in Canada.

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  • Session 2 – April 1
    Vaccination and Immunology

    Allies in Immunology: An Examination of Structural Inequalities in Health Care

    Dr. Upton Allen
    Division Head,
    Infectious Diseases
    The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

    Dr. Charu Kaushic
    Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine
    Scientific Director
    CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity

    This session is intended to share the ways in which traditional approaches to and research around immunology have amplified long-standing health inequities for historically marginalized and equity seeking groups. Ideally, the session would explore how research and health outcomes could benefit from considerations of structural inequities, through a lens of inclusion.

  • Session 3 – April 15 – SESSION POSTPONED
    Childhood Obesity

    Weighing the long-term consequences and health outcomes

    Dr. Cynthia Maxwell
    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
    Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
    University of Toronto

    This session is intended to examine sociodemographic factors, the structure of social inequities in childhood obesity, and the ways in which serious racial and ethnic health and health care inequities persist for children with chronic health conditions. Ideally, the session would also explore how participation in obesity research and health messaging often does not include disadvantaged populations, further exacerbating the issue.

  • Session 4 – April 29
    Indigenous Community

    Not reinventing the Medicine Wheel: Centering Indigenous approaches to health care and well-being in Canada.

    Elder Little Brown Bear

    This session is intended to examine how traditional indigenous First Nation approaches, perspectives, values, and principles, can be employed to advance a more equitable vision of health and wellness and the delivery of healthcare in Canada. Ideally, the session will discuss how such approaches – framed within the context of anti-oppression, anti-colonialism, reconciliation and partnership – can provide a road map toward health equity across Turtle Island.

  • Session 5 – May 13
    Neurodivesity – Autism / ASD / ADHD

    Life on the Spectrum: Disparities in ASD Diagnosis and Delivery of Care in children and adolescents

  • Session 6 – May 27
    Diversity In Health Care Provision

    STEMming the Pipeline. Enhancing Diversity in the Health Sciences

  • Session 7 – June 10
    The Healthy Immigrant Effect

    Social Determinants of Health, Health Disparities and health outcomes for Canadian Immigrants and their Children

  • Session 8 – June 24
    Accessibility and Accommodation

  • Session 9 – July 8
    Mental Health

  • Session 10 – July 22
    Adolescent Sexuality

    Speaker to be confirmed