As we reflect on the lessons of Black History Month, it’s important we continue to consider the current, lived experiences of Black Canadians. In the Health and Rehabilitation field, providers need to have active equity, inclusion and diversity policies, so that BIPOC clients are supported.
As we have seen with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat.
COVID-19 has demonstrated inequities in social determinants of health that include employment opportunities, housing, access to health care, food security and much more. Large sectors of the economy and forms of work are highly racialized. We see this in the disproportionate rates of infection and illness in the PSW community during the pandemic.
Black History is Canadian History
It is continuous, it is happening today and we all have a part to play to address inequities and confront systemic racism.
As service providers, how are we integrating social determinants of health in our treatment planning? Does your agency/firm take an equity-informed approach?