Black Canadian communities are disproportionately impacted by HIV. To help address this challenge, we undertook research that engaged heterosexual Black men in critical dialogue about resilience and vulnerability. They articulated the necessity of making health services ‘cool’. We draw on the analyses of focus groups and in depth interviews with 69 self identified heterosexual Black men and 12 service providers who took part in the Toronto weSpeak study to explore what it means to make health and HIV services ‘cool’ for Black Canadian men. This presentation discusses the emerging themes from the study and make recommendations for improving the health of Black Canadians.
Part of the Department of Health and Society Research Seminar Series
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Canada has plateaued in recent years but is expected to increase sharply following the COVID 19 pandemic. Dr. Fazli used administrative health care databases to examine monthly changes in diabetes screening during the pandemic March 2020 February 2021) compared to the pre pandemic period March 2020 February 2021) among adults aged 20-85 without prior diabetes, in Ontario.
Based on preliminary results, a sudden decline (25-65%) was observed in diabetes screening, which varied across different age and income groups. This timely research will help us understand whether the pandemic will accelerate diabetes risk and how we can respond more effectively to prevent the adverse impacts of this and future pandemics on metabolic health through policy interventions.
Hands-on workshop by Sky Cubacub inviting participants to reimagine their wardrobe through a no-sew method and accessibility lens
This workshop, led by #CripRitual artist Sky Cubacub, asks: How do you make/ hack your wardrobe to make it fully celebrate the intersection of all of your identities? Participants will explore the idea of Radical Visibility, a Disabled Queer dress reform movement based on highlighting the parts of us that society typically shuns. Sky will be continuously doing interactive draping demos using a no-sew method of designing, using only the clothing in your closet, which works best to promote creativity and imagination. This is hands on dress up time for all ages!
Despite calls from the World Health Organization and United Nations for more inclusive health care strategies, women with disabilities report being under-served in reproductive health care settings. In this talk, Dr. Brown will discuss pregnancy-related outcomes and health care experiences of women with disabilities in Ontario, with implications for creation of accessible reproductive health care services.