By: Colleen Westendorf, Communications Coordinator, Rainbow Health Ontario
Rainbow Health Ontario, a program of Sherbourne Health Centre, is pleased to present the 2018 Rainbow Health Ontario Conference, set to take place from March 21-24, 2018 in Sudbury, Ontario. It is the largest LGBTQ2S health conference in Canada. Rainbow Health Ontario recognizes that during the conference, participants and presenters will be gathering on the territories of the Atikameksheng and Wahnapitae First Nations, who are part of the Anishnawbek Nation.
Devon MacFarlane, Director, Rainbow Health Ontario, says, “We’re eager to welcome new and returning conference participants to Sudbury to connect, share knowledge, and work together to advance LGBTQ2S health outcomes. We’re also looking forward to hosting this conference in a more Northern Ontario setting; the conference’s planning has been hugely enriched by the contributions, expertise and guidance of our planning committee members local to the Sudbury and Sault St. Marie areas, for which we are very thankful.”
LGBTQ2S health and wellness at the intersections
This conference will focus on building partnerships in health and social services to promote the health of Ontario’s diverse LGBTQ2S populations, including those in northern and rural areas. Organizers have emphasized an intersectional approach to health and well-being, streamed according to seven themes:
- clinical practice;
- public policy, activism and human rights;
- community support and development;
- professional education and training;
- organization and systems change; and
- ethics and law.
They have also encouraged content that focuses on Indigenous, Francophone, rural and northern, racialized, and newcomer LGBTQ2S needs and access.
Hazelle Palmer, President & CEO, Sherbourne Health Centre, notes, “For our fifth RHO Conference, we’re proud to present what we feel is our best offering yet—jam-packed with expert, interdisciplinary presenters from across the province. From the Sudbury location to the unique plenaries, inaugural research agenda-building sessions and the conference’s overall focus on an intersectional approach to health and well-being, we’re anticipating a truly impactful 2018 conference that will nurture momentum for LGBTQ2S health in Ontario.”
Keynote speaker, Candy Palmater
Setting the tone for the conference as the opening plenary speaker, is Candy Palmater, who will speak about how love, kindness and self-acceptance matter for LGBTQ2S health and well-being. A recovered lawyer turned feminist comic, Candy is an actor, writer, columnist, international speaker, activist, comedian and multiple award-winning TV and radio personality, who has executive produced three films on Mi’kmaw culture.
Register at www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/conference. Early bird rates are in effect until February 2, 2018.
Contact: Colleen Westendorf, Communications Coordinator, Rainbow Health Ontario (firstname.lastname@example.org).