Shining a Light on Black Health and Wellness: A 4-Part Series for Black History Month 2022

February 3, 2022

By Sandra Sualim, President and CEO, Humber River Hospital Foundation and Barb Collins, President and CEO, Humber River Hospital

With this year’s theme of February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day for Black History Month, we see an opportunity to bring even more awareness to the work of Humber River Hospital (HRH) and our Foundation.

The past 2 years have shown us that while the COVID-19 pandemic is partially an equalizer, it also exposed massive divides between different communities. The Black community has different needs, frames of reference, and history with healthcare that impacts beliefs and experiences. Many racialized communities still generally struggle with healthcare partially due to a lack of trust in the system, and radically different access to services.

Quality of care is always paramount. Toronto communities are some of the most diverse in the world and to deliver the best this needs to be noticed. We are all worthy of respect, of excellent care, and the effort to solve the medical challenges for every age, gender, and race.

This year, we are showcasing current topics in healthcare that directly impact the health and wellness of black people. HRH knows a community must feel confident in its hospital and we are actively brightening up our Hospital’s path. We invite you to join us each Thursday in February as we explore these topics – Sandra will bring her perspective as a black leader in Toronto and Barb as an ally and champion for the community:

  • Fighting COVID-19: Vaccinating the Northwest (coming: Feb 10th)
  • Research: Pioneering Research on the Impact of Long-COVID for Black People (coming: Feb 17th)
  • Next Steps: Defining next steps for a better tomorrow for Black Health and Wellness (coming: Feb 24th)

Each year as Humber reflects during Black History Month, we are reminded of its origin. It is about highlighting the successes of black people to go beyond racism and to support a future where all are involved in achievements. We know the road ahead is always partially in the shadows but walk with us as we light new ways in healthcare for our black community.