OMATalks: Understanding Health Disparities in Indigenous Communities 

‚Äč Event Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022    |    Event Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event Location: Zoom

Indigenous communities have long faced significant health inequities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. On the eve of Truth and Reconciliation Day, the OMA aims to bring greater awareness to these health-care challenges and possible solutions including those in our Prescription for Ontario: Doctors’ 5-Point Plan for Better Health Care.   

Distinguished Canadian journalist Tanya Talaga will host an expert panel on the specific needs in northern Ontario, the path to Indigenous reconciliation in health care and other health gaps/challenges unique to Indigenous communities. 

Speakers confirmed to date include: 

  • Dr. Alika Lafontaine, anesthesiologist and president of the Canadian Medical Association 
  • Dr. Benjamin Lalonde, chief of staff at West Nipissing General Hospital
  • Dr. Chase McMurren, family physician and Indigenous medical education theme lead at the University of Toronto 
  • Dr. Suzanne Shoush, family physician and Indigenous health faculty lead, University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine 

The event is open to all Ontario doctors and health-care stakeholders, all levels of government and the media. The format for the event will be a panel discussion followed by a question-and-answer session.

This panel is the latest OMATalks event, a thought leadership initiative the OMA launched in 2019 to promote discussion of key health-care issues and continue leading the way as Ontario transforms its health care. This is the OMA’s sixth OMATalks


Sorry, registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact Jennifer Csamer at 416.599.2580 ext 3461 or [email protected] for more information.