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Webinar: Trends in income-related health inequalities - How data is being connected to interventions to drive community action

This is the second in a four-part webinar series exploring current Canadian issues associated with equity-integrated population health status reporting, equity indicators, local data and health equity outcomes. The focus is on data to drive community action to improve health equity. Each webinar features special guests to showcase the diversity of strategies and approaches being undertaken across Canada. 

This webinar will focus on two examples of how equity reporting is connecting to interventions to drive action on addressing health inequities. It will showcase the Trends in Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada report from CIHI, as well as the recent The Unequal City 2015 report by Toronto Public Health.

This webinar will explore:

  • The Trends in Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada report from CIHI, including a quick demonstration of the E-Tool and a discussion of the approach to finding and including evidence-based interventions, with a focus on diabetes.
  • The Unequal City 2015 report by Toronto Public Health and how it was used, along with other local health equity data, to support the development of diabetes prevention interventions to address health equity issues in Toronto.

Advisors on tap:

  • Erin Pichora is a Program Lead with the Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). CPHI carries out research and analysis, evidence synthesis and performance measurement with the aim of supporting policy makers and health system managers in their efforts to improve population health and reduce health inequalities in Canada. As part of this team, Erin played a lead role in the development the Trends in Income-related Health Inequalities Canada project released in 2015. She is currently involved in stakeholder engagement activities to advance the measurement of equity in healthcare in Canada. Prior to joining CIHI in 2010, Erin worked as an Epidemiologist with the Populations Studies and Surveillance branch at Cancer Care Ontario.
  • Erika Khandor is an epidemiologist at Toronto Public Health. Her work focuses on health equity, the health status of marginalized populations and the social determinants of health. Projects she has recently worked on have explored the relationships between income, immigration, aging and health.  Erika holds a Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) degree in public health (health promotion) from the University of Toronto. Before working at Toronto Public Health, she conducted community-based research, advocacy, program planning and evaluation in community-based organizations.
  • Lisa Swimmer is a Manager of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention with Toronto Public Health and a Registered Dietitian.  Her areas of work have included diabetes prevention, heart health, student nutrition, early childhood nutrition, healthy public policy and menu labelling. Prior to working in the public health system, she worked as a Food Access Coordinator and Community Dietitian at a Community Health Centre. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition and completed a Master of Health Science in Community Nutrition at the University of Toronto.


  • Lesley Dyck, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist
  • Dianne Oickle, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist

Who should attend?

This webinar is intended for public health stakeholders at all levels working in public health organizations on health equity issues. Cross-disciplinary groups are encouraged to attend to stimulate conversation at the local level.

Click here to register.

For more information on the webinars in this series, please contact Lesley Dyck, NCCDH knowledge translation specialist.

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