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Care, Colour, and the Quality Chasm: Towards Client-Centered Care for African/Black Diaspora Populations in the Context of Structural Racism, Inaugural Centre Talks Black History Month Keynote Address

Toronto, Ontario
February 16, 2018

12:00–1:30 p.m.
Allan Waters Auditorium, 2nd floor, 209 Victoria Street (venue and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible)

“Across the globe, Africans and the African Diaspora continue to suffer inequality and disadvantage because of the legacy of colonialism and slavery.” – The United Nations Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024.

Effective health care interventions for African/Black Diasporic populations must begin by understanding the context and impacts of structural racism, which extend to:

  • The experiences people are having outside of the health care system.
  • The experiences people are having within the health care system.
  • The ways that the health care industry operates.

Dr. LaRon E. Nelson will share examples that illustrate the ways in which his research deliberately intersects with activist-scholars, artists, health providers and policymakers to address these realities.

Dr. Nelson is a public health nurse and a scientist at the St. Michael’s Hospital Centre for Urban Health Solutions. He is also the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Research Chair in HIV Program Science with African, Caribbean and Black Communities. He is recognized as the world’s leading authority on the application of self-determination theory to develop interventions and care models to optimize the HIV care continuum for African and African Diaspora populations. He is also an elected Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Space is limited. Please register by emailing

Presented by the Centre Talks committee from the Centre for Urban Health Solutions in partnership with the High Impact Field-based Interventions Lab (HiFi Lab).