A recent awareness of systemic racism in the Canadian health care system has emerged in the public conversation. However, evidence of systematic discrimination and biases, as well as of persistent patterns of inequities in health are abundant and long-standing in our province. How is medical education implicated in the reproduction of these health outcomes? How can the DSA foster conversations about racism in Health education using a framework of equity that establishes measurable outcomes as well as timely mechanisms for accountability? What are the challenges of addressing racial equity in health education?
Join the College of Medicine’s Division of Social Accountability in conversation with its new director Dr. Manuela Valle-Castro.
Dr. Valle-Castro is originally from Chile and has Mestiza (Spanish-Italian and Afro-Indigenous) background. She holds a PhD in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from the same university. Dr. Valle-Castro is an experienced educator both in University and community settings who is deeply committed to social, gender, and racial justice and equity. She has extensive experience developing and delivering anti-racist and anti-oppressive curriculum to a diversity of audiences. For the past three years Dr. Valle-Castro coordinated the Anti-Racism Network. Under this capacity she led coalition building and advocacy work with a range of actors including Indigenous and settler organizations, as well as agencies and organizations that work with newcomers, immigrants, and refugees. She is also a mother of two and a resident of the core-neighborhood.