International Collaboration Webinar Series

October 23, 2020 – Social Inequities in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Join our expert panel on Friday, October 23 2020 for our first FREE accredited live webinar in our International Collaboration Webinar series: Social Inequities in the COVID-19 Pandemic. The webinar will be presented in English, however participants will be able to ask their questions in French.

Webinar: Social Inequities in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Date: Friday, 23 October 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm DST


•    Katie Carr, Program Manager, Ottawa Neighbourhood Study
•    Dr. Darlene Kitty, Director, Indigenous Program of the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine
•    Suzanne Obiorah, Director, Primary Health Care and Regional Programs

Dr. Raywat Deonandan, Epidemiologist and Associate Professor, uOttawa Faculty of Health Sciences

Panel Biographies

Katie Carr is an MBA candidate at Telfer’s School of Management and is the Program Manager for the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study (ONS). ONS strives to better understand the physical and social pathways by which neighbourhoods in Ottawa affect our health and well-being, and to provide citizens in Ottawa with facts that support evidence-based decision-making. Katie has 8 years of experience supporting data-based decision making in the community. She has a passion for data analytics & visualization, and using these to understand and help address social inequities. She’s collaborating with Ottawa Public Health to provide neighbourhood-level maps for COVID-19 to assess the impact of the pandemic on neighbourhoods, and to explore the social and structural inequities that may contribute to the disproportionate effect of the pandemic on some neighbourhoods.

Dr. Darlene Kitty is a Cree woman and family physician practicing in Chisasibi, the largest of 9 Cree communities in northern Quebec since 2006. She is the Director of the Indigenous Program at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, leading the efforts to recruit, admit and support of Indigenous students to become physicians. She is involved in Indigenous health curriculum, including academic activities and Grand Rounds in Indigenous health as Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She has published and contributed to several articles in Indigenous health and has made presentations at many conferences over her career.

Suzanne Obiorah is the Director of Primary Care and Regional Programs at Somerset West Community Health Centre.  With her work strongly anchored in health equity, she is actively engaged in a variety of regional and provincial leadership tables aimed towards narrowing health disparities in racialized communities. Alongside Black leaders in Ottawa and Toronto, Suzanne is working to build a national health equity agenda for the African, Carribean, and Black community.  Most recently, Suzanne co founded the Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition, bringing key stakeholders and community partners together to create a regional mental health strategy for the Black community Ottawa.  Her goal- to achieve a more equitable mental health system, to decrease the number of people and families in Black communities suffering in silence, and improve access to culturally appropriate mental health resources.

Dr. Raywat Deonandan ( is an Epidemiologist and Science Communicator, specializing in Global Health. His research involves the creative analysis of administrative data, the epidemiology and ethics of assisted reproductive technologies, most prominently the emerging global industry of so-called reproductive tourism, and the exploration of novel avenues of medical education.

As the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
•    Describe the impact of COVID-19 on the social inequities affecting marginalized populations 
•    Explain how to improve data to inform policy change
•    Identify measures to advance equity and improve the pandemic response

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This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 1.5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits.

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