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Podcast: Disrupting the Status Quo in Public Health

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Disrupting the Status Quo in Public Health

Samiya Abdi has trained thousands of public health practitioners to recognize the power that each of us has to do something different in the face of health inequities and injustice. Samiya has worked at Public Health Ontario since 2015. She is a community leader, a Black and visibly Muslim woman, and a mother from an under-resourced community in Toronto. Listen to this episode to hear Samiya’s story: how she’s learned that all these parts of her identity – wearing all her different hijabs – and her strong ties to her communities contribute to her public health expertise; and how she cultivates creative discontent in herself and others to challenge the status quo of persistent health inequities and injustice. Later in the episode, we hear from Heather Lokko, a public health nurse of over 25 years and the Chief Nursing Officer at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, who champions health equity with intentionality, kindness and persistence. In this episode, you’ll hear from Samiya and Heather – two seasoned public health professionals working at the provincial and local levels – about how to transform public health practice, teams, organizations, and systems from within to support more equitable communities and societies.

  • By

    National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)

  • Published

    Oct 18, 2023

  • Subject Area
    • General Health and Wellness
    • Information, Referral, & Advocacy
    • Leadership, Training, Coaching, Mentoring
    • Organizational Development
    • Referral and Systems Navigation
  • Audience
    • Government (Politicians, Policy Makers) and Health Authorities
    • Service Providers (Non-profits, Community Organizations, Local government)
    • Health Authorities
    • Caregivers, Seniors & Volunteers
  • Category
    • Best Practices
    • Advocacy
    • Evidence-based & emerging practices
    • Policy, Planning, & Procedures
    • Recorded webinar
    • Organizational development


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