On an April 10th briefing, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Williams was asked about collecting race and socio-demographic data. This question was prompted in response to efforts that black leaders in the Black Health Alliance initiated by issuing an open letter – calling for collection of these data informed by long standing advocacy calling for system wide collection of socio-demo-graphic data and in light of what U.S. data is showing about disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and racialized communities.
The CMOH’s response was that all people are considered “equally important” hence the province would not be looking to collect race-based date. This group of Black Health leaders sent a follow up letter the CMOH (https://www.allianceon.org/news/Black-Health-Leaders-Respond-CMOH) and the Alliance issued a statement to the Premier and Minister of Health that was signed by 190 orgs and 1600. See below links to the media coverage received on the issue:
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