Webinar: Work and Health: Using HEIA to analyze the implications of Bill 47

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Webinar: Work and Health: Using HEIA to analyze the implications of Bill 47

Employment is an important determinant of health. From inadequate pay to occupational hazards, poor jobs can contribute to increased injuries, disease and mortality. Alternatively, healthy and safe work can be a source of income, meaning and social connection that contributes positively to workers’ health and wellbeing.

Rebecca Cheff and Malaika Hill, researchers from Wellesley Institute, will share how the HEIA tool was used to identify potential health equity impacts of recent changes to workers’ protections in Ontario.

Date/Time: Wednesday 

You will learn:

This webinar will outline how a rapid desktop health equity analysis was conducted on the changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act introduced by the Making Ontario Open for Business Act (Bill 47). It will also discuss how results were disseminated using a report, blog, infographics and social media to highlight the potential harms to the health of workers and families.

Wellesley Institute is providing this workshop through the Public Health Training for Equitable Systems Change (PHESC) project. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, this project supports the development of a comprehensive training plan to improve knowledge, skills, and performance of Ontario’s public health workforce while integrating a health equity approach. Subscribe here to learn about upcoming PHESC training opportunities.

Who should attend?

The webinar is suitable for those who have a basic understanding of the HEIA tool. If HEIA is new to you, watch this short video to get a basic introduction.

About the Presenters:

Rebecca Cheff is a researcher at the Wellesley Institute, where she leads and contributes to a range of health equity research projects with a focus on promoting decent and healthy employment and increasing equitable access to health care. As the co-chair of the Health Network for Non-Insured Clients, she works with advocates, service providers, researchers and policy specialists to reduce barriers to health care for Toronto residents without public health insurance. Rebecca has a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Health Promotion from the University of Toronto. She has experience in community-based and partnered research related to healthy cities and communities, LGBTQ health, and newcomer health and employment security through her work at Access Alliance, CAMH, St. Michael’s Hospital, and Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Malaika Hill is a policy researcher at the Wellesley Institute. Malaika holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University and a BA in Legal and Women’s Studies from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining the Wellesley Institute, Malaika worked in a number of non-profit organizations where she was involved in initiatives that worked to improve the quality of life for at risk populations. Her research interests lie in the areas of employment, anti-black racism, access to equitable mental health services, children and youth and health. During her time at Wellesley, she has been involved in several research projects that explore emerging social challenges across the GTA including the Black Experience Project, Supports for Success, Mental Health and Cities and Thriving Work. Malaika is passionate about improving health equity and building stronger and healthier communities across the GTA.


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