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Conversation series: Health equity, determinants of health and COVID-19

This webinar took place in English. Click here to access the recording for Conversation 1 (English only).

This was the first webinar in our conversation series regarding COVID-19, which started in April 2020. To register or see recordings for other conversations in this series, see the listing below.


As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, it continues to follow and amplify lines of existing inequities. We recognize that you — our friends and colleagues in the public health community — are being called to go above and beyond, whether from your home office or on the front lines.

To support equity-informed responses, the NCCDH is hosting a series of community conversations on the topic. This is an opportunity for the public health field to explore equity-informed responses through action on the social and structural determinants of health. The conversation will connect practitioners with each other, and provide an opportunity to share experiences, resources, questions and solutions-focused ideas.


Conversations will be held weekly throughout April 2020. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and adapt our response.

The first conversation occurred  on April 1, 2020.

Other conversations in this series


Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH

Guest speakers for Conversation 1

Dr. Claire Betker, Scientific Director, NCCDH (primary health care responses, social determinants of health) Dr. Yoav Keynan, Scientific Director, National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (infectious diseases, equity, pandemics)
Dr. Kate Mulligan, Director of Policy and Communications, Alliance for Healthier Communities (social determinants of health, policy responses)
Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle, Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (Indigenous perspectives, pandemic planning with First Nations communities)


We are posting resources we believe will be most useful to you on our website, under “Equity-informed responses to COVID-19.” 

We will update the resource page regularly and welcome your questions, comments and suggestions. You can sign-up to receive updates here.

Click here to access the recording for Conversation 1 (English only)

To access the recordings to subsequent conversations, see the listing of events provided above.

  • Presenters:
  • Yoav Keynan, Kate Mulligan, Angela Mashford-Pringle, 
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh
    Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh

    Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, MHSc

    Sume has professional experiences in equity-focused organizational and community development and change, social justice education, HIV/AIDS prevention, research, knowledge translation, evaluation and women's rights with local, provincial and global organizations. Sume has previously contributed to teams at the Program Training and Consultation Centre of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy, the Regional Diversity Roundtable, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Southern African AIDS Trust and the Centre for Social Justice. Sume holds a Masters of Health Sciences in Health Promotion and Global Health from the University of Toronto.

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