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Addressing Anti-Black Racism: Mentorship and Building the Capacity of Black Communities
Speaker: Dr. Bukola Salami from the Faculty of Nursing.

Black people are a growing population in Canada. In 2016, ~1.2 million Black people lived in Canada. Nevertheless, Black Canadians experience poor social, health and economic outcomes in Canada. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the need to address the health of Black populations. National- and provincial-level data indicate that Black people have the highest prevalence of COVID-19 infection in Canada. Anti-Black racism is an underlying reason for the high prevalence of COVID-19 infection in Black populations. Also, anti-Black racism has been implicated in the poor educational outcomes of Black youths and their involvement in the justice system. A report of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Decent states that “the cumulative impact of anti-Black racism and discrimination faced by African Canadians in the enjoyment of their rights to education, health, housing and employment, among other economic, social and cultural rights, has had serious consequences for their overall well-being”. The report identified the need to address anti-Black racism in partnership with affected communities. This presentation will highlight a program of research centred on addressing anti-Black racism with a focus on mentorship and building community capacity. The first study conducted was on parenting practices of African immigrants. Following up on the project, we organized a stakeholder engagement day to engage Black communities in addressing important priorities. The stakeholder engagement day led to the creation of an implementation committee and laid the groundwork for the delivery of the mentorship program for Black youths. We also delivered a series of conversation cafes for Black parents and Black youths. This research program provides valuable insight into how to address anti-Black racism by building the capacity of Black communities as veritable actors in improving outcomes.

Jun 14, 2021 04:00 PM in Edmonton

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Bukola (Oladunni) Salami, RN, BSCN, MN, PHD
Associate Professor @Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
Dr. Salami is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing. She received her BSCN in Nursing from University of Windsor, her MN and PhD from University of Toronto. Her doctoral research was on migration of Philippine-educated nurses to Ontario through the Live-in Caregiver Program. Prior to her academic career, she was a pediatric oncology nurse and subsequently an interprofessional educator at the New Immigrant Support Network of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Salami’s research program focuses on policies and practices shaping migrants’ health. Over the past few years, however, her focus has also included mentoring Black students and creating the African Child and Youth Migration Network. She is the founder and lead of a relatively new UofA Black Youth Mentoring program. Dr. Salami, herself, was once a student in the UofT mentorship program and is convinced it made a huge difference in guiding her academic career.
Eniola Salami, BHSc (Hon), MD, CCFP
Black Health Lead, MD Program @Family Medicine, University of Alberta
Dr Eniola Salami is the inaugural Black Health Lead for the MD Program at the University of Alberta. She is a recent graduate of the Family Medicine residency training program, having completed her medical school here at the University of Alberta. Prior to that, she studied at the University of Calgary, completing an honours degree in Health Sciences with a major in Health & Society. Her prior research interests include interdisciplinarity in health sciences research, treatment of obesity in primary care as well as prior studies on ableism. Currently, Dr. Salami works as a clinical associate at the Grey Nuns Family Medicine Center in addition to her educational commitments.