In November 2020, the Black Health Committee (BHC) recognized the importance of advancing a Black health strategy to address the structural barriers and social determinants of health for Black Ontarians. Focus was given to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Black racism, and its impact on Black communities in accessing health services and maintaining good health. Having done a preliminary scoping study, the Black Health Committee endorsed the development of a multi-year strategy to address Black health issues in the health system planning, the design of health services, and policies to improve Black health outcomes. The strategy, a culmination of months of consultation and research, will be launched in September 2021. It will outline the principles, goals and strategies the committee will take to advance sustainable long-term action to improve the health and wellbeing of all Black Ontarians.
A summary of the report’s findings can be found here, and the report can be found on the Alliance website here.