International Black Health Conference

Improving Black Health Outcomes Across The African Diaspora

About this event

The International Black Health Conference will be the first of its kind in Canada and represents an unprecedented opportunity for a local, national and international gathering for the sole purpose of improving Black health outcomes across the African Diaspora, informing clinical practice, policy change, showcasing achievements and promising practices.

Conference Goal:

The overall goal of this conference is to develop a report outlining best practice approaches for identifying and leveraging strategic multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral partnerships and targeted knowledge mobilization approaches for addressing health disparities in diverse Black communities in Canada and globally, through research, clinical services, health policy, community mobilization and recommendations.

Therefore, the main audiences for this project include professors, researchers, students, clinicians, health policymakers, community organizations, government officials, and diverse Black communities in Canada and globally.

International Black Health Conference:

In-Person Event
Oct. 6 - 8, 2023

Date and time

Thu, Oct 6, 2023, 12:00 PM –
Sat, Oct 8, 2023, 6:30 PM EDT


Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel 1919 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J5
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Event Schedule

10:00am - 4:30pm
Afternoon space held for community tours
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Welcome Ceremony: The Black Cultural Centre

*Transportation will be provided to the Black Cultural Centre (BCC)*

5:00pm - 9:00pm
Meet and Greet (Drumming)
5:30pm - 5:50pm
MC - Barb Hamilton-Hinch
Elder to open event conference
Barb Hamilton-Hinch - land acknowledgements
Zamani Millar and Amariah Bernard-Washington sing The Black National Anthem
African Libation - Wayn Hamilton
DPAD welcome everyone - tells who we are, how we work, why the conference exits, what is going to happen over the next two days
Owen 'O' Sound Lee - performs his song
Opening remarks (HAAC - Sharon, ABSW - Rachelle, HPI - Dr. Barb)
Her Honour Mayaan E. Francis
Ministers of Health - DHW (3)
Federal Minister of Health - remarks
ADM Provo
Damilola Iduye introduces the Keynote Speaker
Keynote speaker - Notisha Massaquoi - includes Q&A
Damilola Iduye thanks the Keynote Speaker
Barb introduces Dr. Ron - NS Brotherhood/Sisterhood - Dr. Ron Milne - slide presentation
Barb to introduce tomorrow's agenda & provide closing remarks
8:20pm - 9:00pm
Networking time (piped in music from the hotel)
8:00am – 9:00am
Barb to provide opening remarks - Housekeeping matters
Barb introduces the Keynote Speaker
Keynote by Dr. Jonathan Metzel: Structural Determinants of Health (Includes Q & A)
Interdisciplinary Centre for Black Health - Dr. Jude Mary Cenat
Peer Review HPI Journal and call for papers - Tari
Sign up for table talks
Evaluation conversation
(Lead by community fitness/students) - Joy Chiekwe
Table Talks - What Does Black Health Mean ( Guiding Questions for facilitators ) - Cafe Style (Discussion)
- Health Policy - Rhonda Atwell - Raven (notetaker)
- Health Services - Camilla Watkins
- Health Education - Dr. Ifeyinwa
- Mental Health - Robert Wright
- Mental Health - Lana MacLean
- Gender Violence & Youth - Dr. Adwoa Onuora
- TriCouncil Research SSHRC - Dr. OmiSoore/Dr. Barb - Brooklyn (notetaker)
LUNCH (presentation of Interpretive Dance)
- Plenary with the graduate students and recent graduates - Terrance Lewis - Facilitator, Tari Ajadi, Keisha Jefferies, Chelsea States, Korede Esan, Dele Bello
STRETCH BREAK (Lead by community fitness/students)
Toronto Presentations - Morris Beckford and Jacqueline St. Kitts
John Ariyo - Race Based Data, MSI Data, Health Equity Framework, Health Equity Metrics and Indicators
Steve Ashton - IWK
Refreshment Break (need to budget it)
Sharon introduces US Consul General
US Consul General - Lyra S. Carr
Closing Remarks by Barb
Dinner on your own & free time
End Time 5:00pm
Table Talks: What Does Black Health Mean?

Note: Attendees are responsible for their own evening dining

7:45am - 8:45am
Barb to bring greetings/land acknowledgement
DPAD - Michelle Williams - short presentation on historical context (15 minutes)
- how our history has led us to where we are today
Dammy introduces Dr. Gwenetta
Keynote: Dr. Gwenetta Curry (University of Edinburgh)
Mr. Dorbrene O'Marde (Reparations - UWI) - virtual
NETWORKING BREAK - ( Lead by community fitness/students )
Local projects - Moderator - Dr. OmiSoore
- ABSW/HAAC - COVID-19 Initiatives - virtual
- African Nova Scotian Health Strategy Update - Rhonda
- ABSW - Tanya
- HAAC - Sharon (7-10 minutes presentation and Q & A time)
LUNCH (presentation from PLANS - Dr. Barb/Dr. Haase & Timi)
Community Table Talks (Concurrent/Cafe session)
- Justice - Robert Wright
- Housing - Land Titles - Curtis Whiley
- Education - BEA President - Karen Hudson/DBDLI - Sylvia Parris-Drummond
- Immigration - ADAM - Babs, UACWA - Daisy During
- Employment - Jenvere Gordan
- Child Welfare - Emma Beukema
- Environment - SEED - Vanessa Hartley/Louise Delisle
- Determinants of Healthy Eating
- Spirituality - Reverend Debbie Simmonds
- Youth - ACCE - Lindell Smith
STRETCH Break (Joy Chiekwe)
Facilitator - Timi Idris
Black health professions plenary - Black Physicians of Nova Soctia - Chad Williams
Pan-Canadian Association of Nurses of African Descent - Damilola Iduye, Keisha Jefferies - Black Nurses Association of Nova Scotia, Shelly Philip-LaForest - Ontario Black Nurses Network)
Justin Brook - Chiropractor
Conference wrap -up
Closing Dinners and Thank-You's
- Beechville Baptist Church – Beechville
- New Horizons Baptist Church - Halifax
- Emmanuel Baptist Church – Upper Hammonds Plains
- Victoria Road United Baptist Church – Dartmouth
- Cherry Brook United Baptist Church – Cherry Brook (Dartmouth)
- East Preston United Baptist Church – East Preston (Dartmouth)
- St. Thomas Baptist Church – North Preston (Dartmouth)
- New Beginnings Ministries – Cherry Brook (Dartmouth)
- St. Thomas More Catholic Church – Dartmouth (African Mass)
- Anglican Church Service – Halifax/Dartmouth
- African Church Services
- Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) – Spryfield, Halifax and Dartmouth
- Pentecostal Options – Halifax and Dartmouth
- Mosques

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Dr. Notisha Massaquoi

Day 1 - Keynote Speaker

Dr. Notisha Massaquoi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Society at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, with a graduate appointment in the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. She is also the founder of the newly created Black Health Equity Lab (The BHEL).

Dr. Johnathan Metzl

Day 2 - Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jonathan Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the Research Director of The Safe Tennessee Project, a non- partisan, volunteer-based organization that is concerned with gun-related injuries and fatalities in America and in Tennessee.

Check out his latest book Dying of Whiteness:

International Black Health Conference: In-Person Event Oct. 6 - 8, 2023

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3J5