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Healthy Connections 2008
Health Equity: From Challenges to Solutions



Event Details

This one day Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)-wide conference provided a unique opportunity for front line workers, health administrators, policy-makers, and consumers and family networks to come together and learn about the challenges of health inequities, as well as strategies for creating a more equitable health system that responds to the needs of all.

MORNING SESSION - Rm. ENG 103, 245 Church St.
The morning session provided thought-provoking presentations by leaders in the field that brought the latest thinking and used concrete examples of what is working at the local level.



  • Dr. James Orbinski (St. Micheal's Hospital & University of Toronto)


Speakers (alphabetically)

  • Anthony Culyer (University of Toronto & University of York, UK)
    Bio | Presentation
  • Kerry Bowman (Mount Sinai Hospital & University of Toronto)
    Bio | Presentation
  • Dr. Stephen Hwang (St. Michael’s Hospital & University of Toronto)
    Bio | Presentation
  • Notisha Massaquoi (Women's Health in Women's Hands)
    Bio | Presentation
  • Uzma Shakir (Atkinson Economic Justice Fellow, Atkinson Charitable Foundation)

Click here to view the webcast from the morning session - [ Part 1 | Part 2 ]

AFTERNOON SESSION - Oakham House, 63 Gould St.
After a networking lunch, participants ‘rolled up their sleeves’ and worked together to name and create concrete solutions for the health inequity challenges that resonate most for their community.

  • Laura Visser (Toronto East General Hospital)
  • A. Paul Williams (CRNCC & University of Toronto)

Click here to view the Healthy Connections 2008 Conference Report on Proceedings!

Solutions Healthy Connections 2008 conference, was sponsored by the Toronto Central LHIN; In partnership with Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community, West End Urban Health Alliance, and South East Toronto Organization.

Community Story Slideshow is now available online!


Date and Time

Thursday, June 5, 2008 ~ 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EST)



Follow this link to view the conference agenda!



“Health is a universal human aspiration and a basic human need. The development of society, rich or poor, can be judged by the quality of its population’s health, how fairly health is distributed across the social spectrum, and the degree of protection provided from disadvantage as a result of ill-health. Health equity is central to this premise…”. (WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Interim Statement
The WHO Commission on SDOH states that the vast majority of inequalities in health status and access to health care are avoidable and, hence, inequitable. They arise because of underlying social causes and more often affect the most vulnerable people and groups in our society.



Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (CRNCC) / Réseau canadien de recherche pour les soins dans la communauté (RCRSC)

South East Toronto Organization


Solutions: East Toronto's Health Collaborative

Toronto Central LHIN

West End Urban Health Alliance - Toronto