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Posts from the ‘Health Equity’ Category

Attempted suicide: Should police ever share this personal health information?

Remember Ellen Richardson’s story? She’s a Canadian citizen who was denied entry into the United States because of her history of mental illness.

When Ms. Richardson shared her story with the media, others came forward with experiences of discrimination based on their medical histories.  The incidents highlight the pervasive prejudice faced by people with mental illness every day.

How are U.S. border guards getting access to personal health information in the first place? This question was the focus of the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s (IPC) report, Crossing the Line: The Indiscriminate Disclosure of Attempted Suicide Information to U.S. Border Officials via CPIC, that was released today.

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How Race Can Affect Your Health

Gathering statistics and research on race and ethnicity makes some people feel uncomfortable. But we need data to identify and address health differences between population groups. What better place is there to investigate disparities in health than Toronto – one of the most diverse cities in the world and home to over a million people from racialized groups. Read more

Citizens Transforming Mental Health

Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Senior Scientist in Social Equity and Health Research at CAMH, blogs about one idea he believes could improve health and reduce health inequalities.

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Food Insecurity in Canada

In a country of relative wealth, the fact that 1 in 8 Canadian families struggle to get enough food comes as a shock. This Q&A, with food policy and food systems expert Dr. Catherine Mah, takes a close look at how food insecurity affects Canadians, and what we can do about it. Read more

Homicide among young Black men in Toronto: An unrecognized public health crisis?

Although the City of Toronto has recently witnessed an ongoing decrease in crime, the situation for its low-income Black communities is gravely disconcerting. With a Black community homicide victimization rate about four times that of the average city rate and a Black male homicide victimization rate almost 12 times that of the overall population, the Black Toronto community in general, and low income young Black male residents of Toronto in particular, face unacceptable risks of excess mortality and/or early death. Read more

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