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About Us

Our Health Equity Work

Report from the Anti-Black Racism, Anti-Oppression and Health Equity Advisory Committee

“We are working to support transformative change, so all staff and clients feel safe, respected, valued and acknowledged in our organization. No one should feel they need to leave aspects of their identity at the door – everyone should feel that they belong here.”

Tamara Este, Program Supervisor and member of the Advisory Committee

Our Anti-Black Racism, Anti-Oppression and Health Equity Advisory Committee was formed in the summer of 2021.  

The  Advisory workplan was founded on three pillars: 

  • To deepen organizational awareness of the impact of racism on individual lives and on specific communities  
  • To build cultural humility and awareness of the meaning and impact of racialized experience in our service delivery   
  • To foster equity and inclusion within our workforce   

The Advisory has clinical and administrative staff from across the organization as members, and this includes front-line staff and leaders. The Advisory is part of the governance structure at GH-CCMH and develops recommendations – from staff training topics to changing policies and practices – which are provided to senior leadership. These recommendations inform agency priorities and current projects. 

What we have accomplished so far in 2024

  • Recruited an external consultant to review our human resources policies and practices from an equity lens and accepted their final report 
  • Launched our new sociodemographic data questionnaire for clients and participants across all programs 
  • Reviewed and recommended specific staff EDI training and requirements  
  • Adapted our washrooms to be gender neutral 
  • Created the opportunity for two monthly staff guest spots at the Advisory meetings 

What’s current

  • Rolling out staff EDI training  

What’s coming

  • Reporting back to staff on the external consultant results on our HR policies and practices and building a work plan to incorporate key suggestions 
  • Adapting our wellness rooms to allow for smudging to support Indigenous clients 

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July 2024

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Past updates

December 2023

What we accomplished in 2023

  • Launched organizational policy providing clear process to address discrimination in the workplace
  • Built a glossary of terms related to anti-racism, anti-oppression and health equity work to support our organizational learning and create a shared language for staff 
  • Launched safer space and brave space statements with input from our clients and youth mentors 
  • Revised our corporate bylaws to increase community representation on our Board of Trustees 

What’s current

  • Piloting our new sociodemographic data questionnaire for clients and participants
  • Working with external experts to review our human resources policies and practices

What’s coming

  • Launching our sociodemographic data questionnaire across all programs
  • Launching organization-wide EDI training as part of mandatory staff training requirements

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December 2023

May 2023

December 2022