Racism in Health Care

Racism in Health Care

Racism is an important determinant of health, contributing to unacceptable health and social inequities. While there is no quick fix to this massive systemic problem, CNA believes ongoing racism and discrimination are root causes of health disparities that need to be tackled aggressively at all levels.

Recent national and international incidents of racism have led to broad recognition of longstanding systemic structures of racism and oppression within society and health care, of which the nursing profession is not immune. In 2020, following the brutal race-based violence that led to the murder of George Floyd in the United States, and the dehumanizing racist treatment of Joyce Echaquan, CNA committed to actively confronting racism and dismantling oppressive systems that have created inequities, both within nursing and broader society.

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Second National Summit on Racism in Nursing and Health Care
Date: November 23, 2022
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET


The Canadian Academy of Nursing presents the Second National Summit on Racism in Nursing and Health Care, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

We are honoured to have Desmond Cole moderate a panel of nursing leaders, including Birgit Umaigba, Lisa Bourque-Bearskin, and Samantha Louie-Poon. To facilitate our action going forward, Cole will first engage our panelists in an in-depth discussion on what we’ve learned from recent research into racism, including its broader impacts on public health and health care. We’ll use this research to propose solutions and discuss next steps.

In the afternoon, we will showcase the work of nursing leaders and organizations actively moving towards an equity-based and anti-racist agenda. This will also be your opportunity to engage with attendees on the solutions that are needed to achieve results.

Register now!