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Webinar: Intersectionality and health equity: Exploring opportunities for public health practice and policy

Presented by the National Collaborating Centres for Determinants of Health and Healthy Public Policy.

This webinar will also be delivered in French on December 13, 2016 at 1-2:00 p.m. EST.

Watch and listen to a recording of the webinar. Duration: 1.5 hours. Format: YouTube video

Intersectionality is an approach that puts forward the idea that multiple social positions (e.g., age, culture, (dis)ability, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, immigrant status, race, sexual orientation, social class, and religion) intersect at the level of individual experience to reflect multiple interlocking/intersecting systems of privilege and oppression at the macro, social-structural level (e.g., racism, sexism, heterosexism). With its focus on multiple historically oppressed populations, alongside an explicit analysis and intervention on systems of power and privilege, intersectionality is a natural fit for equity-oriented public health practice and policy.

An intersectionality-based framework fosters a deep understanding of the lived experiences of marginalized populations and explores the complexities of health inequities.  Furthermore embracing intersectionality will help  practitioners better identify public health problems and generate meaningful and lasting solutions.

This webinar will introduce participants to the concept of intersectionality and discuss opportunities to incorporate intersectionality into the theory, design, analysis, and interpretation of public health actions to improve health equity. This will be of particular interest for those seeking to influence the structural determinants of health/causes-of-the-causes.

The presenters will discuss their understanding of intersectionality and how it can be applied in public health practice, policy and research focused on the social determinants of health and health equity. They will identify opportunities to better integrate an intersectional lens into various aspects of equity-oriented public health activity.


  • Natalie Clark, Violence Counsellor and Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Thompson Rivers University
  • Ruth Cameron, Executive Director, AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area
  • Samiya Abdi, Health promotion consultant, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Ontario
  • Dr. Olena Hankivsky, Professor & Director, Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy, Simon Fraser University


  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
  • Val Morrison, Research Officer, NCCHPP

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  • Presenters:
  • 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.

    [email protected]

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