Diverse Dialogues: Stigma & Breaking Barriers explored how negative labels and biases affect our health and health choices. Consider tough questions through the lens of bias, lived experience and intersectionality:

  • How do labels and stereotypes prevent people from seeking healthcare and support?
  • How do factors like income, education, and where we live impact our health?
  • What actions can we take in our daily lives to tackle stigma and help build a healthier society?

Our speakers shared their diverse experiences, insights and perspectives on:

  • The impact of stigma on mental health, substance use and access to care
  • The power of breaking down barriers to create a healthier community
  • And more!

A recording will be posted to TPH’s YouTube channel shortly.

This event was part of the Charles Hastings Lecture Series, hosted by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa.

Featured Speakers

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Dr. James Makokis

Dr. Makokis is a Family Physician at Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alberta & Season 7 Winner of “The Amazing Race Canada”. He is particularly noted for treating transgender people from Cree communities and around the world, combining traditional Cree and Western medical practices. He actively challenges stereotypes and stigmas faced by Two-Spirit individuals, dedicating his efforts to education, inclusivity and acceptance. He currently holds appointments at University of Alberta, CAMH and at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

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Dr. Notisha Massaquoi

Dr. Massaquoi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health & Society at University of Toronto Scarborough. She works with communities to develop advocacy tools, strategies and programs to improve health outcomes in Canadian social systems. She previously served as the Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre.

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Michel Rodrigue

Michel Rodrigue is the President & CEO of Mental Health Commission of Canada. He is the architect of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) new 10-year strategic plan, Answering the Call, which he oversaw from its inception. Michel is driven by his commitment to the principle of mental health for allwhere people have equitable access to recovery-oriented, evidence-based, culturally adapted mental health care, when and where they need it.