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Webinar: Actionable ways to address anti-Black racism & police violence through public health practice

This webinar took place in English. 

The ubiquitous anti-Black racism within law enforcement has led to the loss of many innocent Black lives at the hands of police officers. Andrew Loku, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor, Regis Korchinski-Paquet and George Floyd are among the many Black lives that were taken too soon. These lives are but a fraction of the toll of persistent structural violence that impedes and threatens Black life. 

This webinar places anti-Black police violence in context of ongoing anti-Black racism.

Speakers from within the Black health and legal community discuss the impact of state-sponsored violence on health and provide an opportunity to discuss actionable ways to address anti-Black police brutality and violence in the Canadian public health community. 

The webinar creates the space to have discussions that focus on how public health institutions and the community as a whole should address anti-Black police violence through public health practice.

Listners will learn about:

  • the impact of anti-Black racism and anti-Blackness on health;
  • anti-Black racism and police violence in the Canadian context; and
  • a public and population health response to anti-Black police violence.


Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
Dr. Notisha Massaquoi, Principal Consultant, Nyanda Consulting; former Executive Director, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands
Nana Yanful Gaynor Watson-Creed
Nana Yanful, Staff Lawyer and Legal Team Lead, Black Legal Action Centre
Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, Nova Scotia Health Authority


Related resources

For all participants: 

Addressing law enforcement violence as a public health issue Let’s talk: Racism and health equity Key public health resources for anti-racism action: A curated list

For participants who are just beginning to learn about anti-racism, please consult one or more of the following webinars as a primer: 

  • Presenters:
  • Dr. Notisha Massaquoi, Nana Yanful, 
  • 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.

    [email protected]
  • Gaynor Watson-Creed
    Gaynor Watson-Creed

    Gaynor Watson-Creed, (Co-Chair) MSc, MD, CCFP, FRCPC

    Chief Medical Officer for Nova Scotia