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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 ABRAOHE Advisory Committee

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

The  ABRAOHE 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’ve accomplished so far this year

We are pleased to share several updates from the ABRAOHE Advisory. In 2023 thus far we have: 

  • Launched a new organizational policy focused on addressing discrimination 
  • 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 

What’s next

  • We will review our past year’s client data, which is the first full year we have collected data using updated terms in the areas of gender identity, languages spoken and ethnicity  (see December 2022 update below for more on data). 
  • Our working group is looking ahead for how we can improve our processes related to client data collection from an equity framework. This will better allow us to identify areas of health inequities and then design solutions to address them. 

 Check this page for seasonal updates!

May 2023

What do you think of our ABRAOHE Advisory strategy?

Past updates

December 2022