A Culture of Health


WHEREAS the myriad examples of racial inequities in health, not only in access to care, but also in life expectancy, mortality, morbidity, health status, disease prevalence and incidence, utilization of services, clinical outcomes, process of care, adequacy of pain management, do-not resuscitate orders, and end of life care - even under conditions of equal access to medical care, should be of concern to countries with a universal health-care system such as Canada ;


WHEREAS it has been found that reliable health-related research on racialized populations in Canada is relatively rare with one such reason being that the care registry data in Canada does not regularly record race or ethnicity statistics ;


WHEREAS the Key Determinants of Health omission of listing ‘Race’, restricts further research into the connections between racial inequities and adverse varying degrees of health, illness and the distribution of economic and social resources on racialized Canadians ;


WHEREAS concerns for the absence of African – Caribbean Canadians at senior management and executive levels in health care organizations, including at board levels remains formally unaddressed ;


WHEREAS research studies have found that bias, discrimination, and stereotyping in health-care delivery is an ongoing issue affecting racialized Canadians and also contributing to their underutilization of the health care system;


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ontario Liberal Party aim to invest and urge the Government of Canada to invest, in conducting research that utilizes race, gender and class analysis of data collection, and makes a commitment to act upon inequities revealed through a Provincial and National Health Equity Strategy.


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Idea No. 461