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Diversity and Equity in Mental Health and Addictions Conference

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To celebrate our 40th anniversary, Hong Fook, together with 12 collaborating hospitals and community mental health agencies, re-launched the biannual Diversity and Equity in Mental Health and Addictions Conference, with the theme Pandemic Recovery for All: Promoting IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, anti-racism) and System Transformation through Institutional and Community Collaboration. Over 130 service partners, health professional students/trainees, and individuals with lived experience attended this two-day virtual conference on Thursday May 12 and Friday May 13, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Led by an Organizing Committee, the biannual conference has been an exemplary academic-community partnership in bringing together a wide range of academics, frontline service providers, managers, policy makers, consumers, and other stakeholders to have critical reflection, dialogue, and mutual learning on equity, diversity, and inclusion issues to improve the mental health and wellbeing of diverse communities. The conference receives excellent feedback and draws an attendance of about 200 participants each time.

May 12, Thursday, 1pm-5pm

1:00pm-3:00pm: Opening and Plenary Session

Promoting IDEA in Mental Health and Addictions

3:15pm-5:00pm: Concurrent Workshops

  1. Fundamentals of an Equitable Black Mental Health Recovery
  2. Cultivating Relationships with Indigenous Youth and Families in Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario: Growing and learning from the Provincial Indigenous Youth and Family Advisory Circle
  3. Community-Led Response to Racialized LGBTQ+ Needs in the Pandemic
  4. Project PROTECH: Community-Based Project in Response to the Pandemic for the Chinese community
  5. Supporting People Experiencing Homelessness through the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

May 13, Friday, 1pm-5pm

1:00pm-2:45pm: Concurrent Workshops

  1. Working with Survivors of Gender-based Violence in a Global Pandemic
  2. Reimagining Toronto's Crisis Response
  3. Virtual Mental Health Services for Immigrants and Refugees: Ensuring Access for All
  4. EDIIA from Academia to the Clinic: Primary Care Supporting Access to Mental Health Services in the community
  5. Caring for Uninsured Clients: Improved Access to Care for Those Without OHIP

3:00pm-5:00pm: Plenary Session and Closing

Recommendations for an Equitable COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery


Accreditation Information:

This continuing professional development activity was held under the auspices of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Hong Fook Mental Health Association.

College of Family Physicians of Canada – Mainpro+: (CFPC CERT+ ID# 197270-001)
This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 7.5 Mainpro+ credits.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim a maximum of 7.5 hours.

The American Medical Association - AMA PRA Category 1
Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama

European Union for Medical Specialists (EUMS) ECMEC
Live educational activities, occurring in Canada, recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) are deemed by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) eligible for ECMEC®.