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Health equity, determinants of health and COVID-19: Conversation 4

This event took place in English, with closed captioning and simultaneous American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Click here to access the recording (English only).

This is the third webinar in our ongoing conversation series regarding COVID-19. To see the full listing of conversations, click here.


Join us for a conversation on community impacts and responses related to food insecurity, disability and ethics.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, it follows and amplifies 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 frontlines.

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.


Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH

Guest speakers

Dr. Valerie Tarasuk, Professor, University of Toronto; Founding Investigator, PROOF (food insecurity)
Nelly Bassily, Manager of the Youth Initiatives and International Relationships, DisAbled Women’s Network Canada (DAWN) (girls and young women with disabilities)
Michael Keeling, Scientific Advisor, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) (ethical issues in the pandemic as they intersect with equity)  


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 page regularly and welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions. You can sign-up to receive updates here.

Visit the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy website to learn more about ethics frameworks and guidance for pandemics and public health emergencies.

Click here to access the recording (English only)

  • Presenters:
  • Valerie Tarasuk, Nelly Bassily, Michael Keeling, 
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh
    Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh

    Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, MHSc

    Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist

    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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