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Promoting Health Equity:
Action on the Social Determinants of Health

Welcome!

POST CONFERENCE UPDATE:

The Planning Committee would like to thank all conference participants and our distinuguished keynote speakers for attending the conference and making our inaugural conference a success!

Missed the keynote speeches? Watch Stephen Lewis', Nancy Edwards', and Bob Gardner's keynote speeches here.

Here are Dr Nancy Edwards' slides on "Action on the Social and Structural Determinants of Health: Defining a Research Agenda"

Poster and oral presentation abstracts can be found under the "Program" tab.

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WELCOME!

The Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University is pleased to host the Promoting Health Equity: Action on the Social Determinants of Health conference. This conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Ryerson University and the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Community Services (FCS).

This conference, organized by the research centres of the Faculty of Community Services, aims to bring together community and agency partners, undergraduate and graduate students, health and social service professionals/workers, researchers, academics, government and policy and decision makers to share and exchange knowledge, and to generate the creation of new partnerships in research, education, and practice that focus on health equity and action on the social determinants of health across diverse communities.

We are honoured to have the following keynote speakers participate in the conference:

  • Stephen Lewis, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University
  • Nancy Edwards, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health, CIHR; and Professor, School of Nursing and Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Bob Gardner, Director, Healthcare Reform and Policy, Wellesley Institute, Toronto
Conference Goal

To promote health equity by taking action on the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in the following themes: children’s rights, food security and policy, violence against women and children, reducing health disparities, vulnerable populations, health education, and interventions for healthy social change.

Conference Objectives
  • Build community-university partnerships by providing creative venues and networking opportunities to engage participants in the exchange of ideas and dialogue.
  • Explore inter-connections between global and local perspectives on SDOH.
  • Critically analyze areas for work on health equity in relation to the SDOH through the sharing of research, education, policy, and practice initiatives to identify priorities for action.
  • Build meaningful and measurable evaluative criteria related to promoting health equity on the identified priorities.

Call for Abstracts

Promoting Health Equity: Action on the Social Determinants of Health

We are no longer accepting abstracts. If you are interested in attending the conference, please click on the "Registration" tab above.
Goal

To promote health equity by taking action on the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in the following areas: children’s rights, food security and policy, violence against women and children, reducing health disparities, vulnerable populations, health education, and interventions for healthy social change.

Conference Objectives
  • Build community-university partnerships by providing creative venues and networking opportunities to engage participants in the exchange of ideas and dialogue.
  • Explore inter-connections between global and local perspectives on SDOH.
  • Critically analyze areas for work on health equity in relation to the SDOH through the sharing of research, education, policy, and practice initiatives to identify priorities for action.
  • Build meaningful and measurable evaluative criteria related to promoting health equity on the identified priorities.
Call for Abstracts

This conference aims to bring together community and agency partners, undergraduate and graduate students, health and social service professionals/workers, researchers, academics, government and policy and decision makers to share/exchange knowledge and to generate the creation of new partnerships in research, education, and practice that focus on health equity and action on the social determinants of health across diverse communities.

Oral Presentations

We welcome abstracts for oral presentations identified with one of the conference themes listed below:

  • Children's Rights in Relation to Health
  • Food Security and Policy for Health
  • Preventing Violence, Promoting Health: Challenges and Possibilities
  • Reducing Health Disparities in at Risk Populations
  • Professional Education for Healthy Social Change
  • Interventions for Healthy Social Change

Oral presentations are 20 minutes long, inclusive of a 5-minute question and answer session.

Poster Presentations

We welcome poster abstracts on a broad range of priority issues relevant to promoting health equity across diverse communities.  Poster abstracts are to be relevant to the conference focus, but need not be limited solely to the conference themes. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference.

Submission Information

Abstracts for oral presentations and posters are due November 15, 2010.

Abstracts should be submitted online by uploading the abstract and completing the submission form or forwarded by email to doreen.healthequity@bell.net. In order to allow for blind peer review, presenters’ names and institutional affiliation should not be included on the abstract.

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and should include:

  • background and purpose for the program/initiatives/study
  • description of the program/initiatives/study, including participants and approach(es)
  • outcomes where applicable
  • conclusions and implications

Presenters of accepted abstracts are responsible for conference registration and payment of registration fees prior to January 7, 2011 (early bird registration deadline).

Abstracts will be in the conference program which will be available both on line and at the conference.

 

Program

Keynote Speakers:

  • Stephen Lewis, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University
  • Nancy Edwards, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health, CIHR; and Professor, School of Nursing and Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Bob Gardner, Director, Healthcare Reform and Policy, Wellesley Institute, Toronto
DAY 1 : Friday, February 11, 2011
8:00am Registration
8:15am Buffet Breakfast 
8:45am Welcome Remarks 

9:15am

Keynote Address:  Stephen Lewis, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University

10:30am - 10:45am Coffee Break 

10:45 am – 12:15pm

Concurrent sessions

 

"Children's Rights in Relation to Health"
Introduction by:
FCS Centre for Children, Youth & Families

Oral Presentations:

"Food Security and Policy for Health"
Panel Discussion hosted by:
FCS Centre for Studies in Food Security

Oral Presentations:

12:15pm – 1:30pm

Lunch

1:30pm - 2:00pm Poster Presentations (Click here for Poster Abstracts.)

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Concurrent sessions

 

"Reducing Health Disparities in at Risk Populations"
Introduction by:
FCS Centre for Health in at Risk Populations

 

Oral Presentations:

 

"Preventing Violence, Promoting Health: Challenges and Possibilities"
Panel Discussion hosted by:
FCS Nursing Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children

Oral Presentations:

3:30pm – 5:00pm

"Wine and Cheese" Networking Reception

 

DAY 2 : Saturday, February 12, 2011
8:00am Registration
8:15am Breakfast Buffet 
8:45am Welcome Remarks 

9:00am

Keynote Address:  Nancy Edwards, Scientific Director,  Institute of Population and Public Health, CIHR; and Professor, School of Nursing and Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa

10:00am-10:15am Coffee Break 

10:15am – 11:45am

Concurrent sessions

 

"Professional Education for Healthy Social Change"
Introduction by:
FCS Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Paper Presentations:

"Interventions for Healthy Social Change"
Introduction by:
FCS Health Intervention Research Centre

Paper Presentations:

11:45am - 12:45pm

Lunch Buffet

12:45pm - 1:15pm Poster Presentations (Click here for Poster Abstracts.)

1:15pm – 2:20pm

Keynote Address :  Bob Gardner, Director, Healthcare Reform and Policy, Wellesley Institute

 2:20pm – 3:45pm

Roundtable Discussions
“Strengthen Existing Partnerships and Building Relationships"

3:45pm - 4:00pm Coffee Break  

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Integration
“Future Possibilities"

Panelists:

  •  
    • Nancy Edwards, Scientific Director,  Institute of Population and Public Health, CIHR; and Professor, School of Nursing and Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa
    • Bob Gardner, Director, Healthcare Reform and Policy, Wellesley Institute
    • Elizabeth McCay, Associate Professor and Research Chair in Urban Health, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University

The program is accurate at the time of print and is subject to change.

Registration

Registration is now open. Click here to register.

Registration Fees

Standard                                                        $250.00
“Early Bird” (January 7, 2011 deadline)         $200.00
Conference Registration Scholarship            $50.00           

Full conference fee includes:  Admission to all sessions for two days, conference materials, breakfast, lunch and breaks on both days, and a reception on Friday. HST are included in the abovementioned fees.

Early booking discounts are available for any registrations completed prior to January 7, 2011.  Standard registration fees apply to registrations from January 8, 2011 onwards.  Registration will be accepted on site, depending on availability.

Conference Registration Scholarship: A limited number of partial conference registration scholarships are available to front-line community workers, unwaged, low-income, and/or students. Applicants of the conference scholarship will be considered and notified on a rolling basis. Recipients of the Conference Scholarship should commit to paying a minimum of $50.00.

We are no longer accepting applications for the Conference Scholarship. -- February 3, 2011.
Refund Policy

As some expenses are incurred prior to the start of the conference, it is necessary to impose the following cancellation policy:

Date                                               Penalty
Up to January 15                            $50.00
January 16 onwards                      No refund

There are no refunds after January 16, 2011, however, a substitute attendee from the same organization is permitted at any time at no additional charge.  All cancellations must be received in writing via mail, email or fax.  Refunds will be issued by cheque or credit card.  Delegates who do not attend meals, receptions or coffee breaks that are included in the registration fee will not be entitled to partial refunds. 

Location

Venue

Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
525 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2L2 Canada
Phone:  1 416 597 9200

Proceed down the escalators to the Conference Floor – lower level

Parking

At the Marriott
On-site parking, fee: $9.00 hourly, $25.00 daily
Valet parking, fee: $30.00 daily

Nearby Parking
GreenP Municipal Parking
110 Queen Street West, Nathan Phillips Square (New City Hall)

Enter from:
- Queen Street west of Bay on north side
- Bay Street in southbound lane only on west side south of Dundas

Rates:  $2.25 per half hour

Monday to Friday
- daytime maximum for 7:00am to 6:00pm - $14.00
- evening maximum for 6:00pm to 7:00am - $6.00

Payment may be made by cash or major credit cards.

Getting to the Marriott

Public Transit Fares
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates bus, streetcar, subway and light rapid transit routes inside the city.   Cash fares are accepted on all transit.  Tickets or passes may be purchased at subway stations and some shops.  Fares are currently:

Adult cash fare per journey         $3.00
Tickets                                       5 for $12.50 or 10 for $25.00

Transit Routes
Subway - Yonge Line – Exit at Dundas Station & walk westbound to Bay Street.  Turn south (left). 
Subway - University Line – Exit at St. Patrick Station & walk eastbound to Bay Street.  Turn south (right). 
Bay Bus – Take the Bay Bus to Dundas Street.
Dundas Streetcar – Take the streetcar to Bay Street.  Walk south.
The Marriott is one block south of Dundas on the east side of Bay Street.

Airport Transportation

Airport Bus Service
www.torontoairportexpress.com
The Airport Express services all three terminals and major hotels in the downtown core.  It does not stop at the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre.  The nearest drop-off / pick-up point is the Toronto Coach Terminal at Elizabeth & Edward Streets.  Exit the Coach Terminal and walk eastbound on Edward Street.  Turn south (right) on Bay Street.  The Marriott is about two blocks south on the east side of the street.  For a full list of pick-up and drop-off points visit their web site.

This service operates every 20 to 30 minutes:
From the airport to downtown between 5:00am and 12:55am
From downtown to the airport between 4:00am and 11:45pm

Allow one hour for transit time.  Tickets may be purchased online or at the airport, hotel, or bus depot.  Adult fares are:
- One way                                                                           CD$21.95
- Return                                                                               CD$36.25
If booked online a 10% discount applies.

Limousines and Taxis
Limousines and taxis are readily available at all three terminals at the airport.  The flat fare for limousines is $54.00 and for taxis is CD$49.00 (including tax but not gratuity) from the airport to downtown hotels.  Allow 30 minutes transit time.  Payment is accepted by major credit cards or Canadian dollars cash.

Driving from Toronto Pearson International Airport - YYZ (15.5 miles)
Take Highway 427 South to the Queen Elizabeth Way, (Q.E.W.)  Go east on QEW which becomes the Gardiner Expressway East.  Exit at York/Bay Streets. Take Bay Street north. The hotel is on right just north of Queen Street.
This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Information About Toronto

Please visit the following web sites for information on Toronto, what to do, where to eat, public transit, and more.

 

Toronto Tourism

  • What to see and do, hotels, restaurants, shopping, calendar of events

City of Toronto

  • Museums, parks, special events, maps, information on City Hall

Toronto Life Magazine (restaurants)

  • Restaurants with ratings, prices, photos

Toronto Airport

  • Limos & car rentals, airport information & maps, airport parking & rates, flight arrival & departure information, currency exchange
  • Shopping

Toronto Transit Commission

  • Public transit routes, fares & maps

For further information please contact:
Doreen Ostrowski
Conference Coordinator
Tel. 416-465-8756            
Fax. 416-465-0418
Email:  Doreen.healthequity@bell.net

About Us

The Promoting Health Equity: Action of the Social Determinants of Healthconference is jointly organised by the research centres of the Faculty of Community Services. The 6 centres are:

About Ryerson

Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-focused education and a university clearly on the move. It is a distinctly urban university with a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community.

Click here to find out more about Ryerson.

The organizing committee members are:

  • Janice Waddell (Chair)
  • Heather Beanlands
  • Rachel Berman
  • Linda Cooper
  • Margaret Malone
  • Beth McCay
  • Souraya Sidani
  • Wan-Yee Tan
  • Fiona Yeudall