HC Link Conference: Linking for Healthy Communities: With Everyone, For Everyone

PAD was a member of HC Link and was lead for this conference.

On November 20 and 21, HC Link’s 2017 conference, Linking for Healthy Communities: With Everyone, For Everyone brought together 110 people at the BMO Institute for Learning in Toronto to learn and share experiences and ideas about how to work across difference to build more inclusive communities.

The event provided a safe, open space for curiosity, self-reflection, and conversation to:

  • Build understanding of equity, diversity, cultural humility, inclusion, and allyship.
  • Ask questions, reflect and learn in a safe space for open conversation.
  • Learn to work across difference with diverse groups to advance collective efforts.
  • Gain practical strategies to build inclusive communities.
  • Connect and share with conference participants from many sectors and from across Ontario.

The conference program offered an amazing line-up of inspiring presentations, interactive workshops, and engaging activities to explore how communities can work with everyone to create communities healthy for everyone. Ophea’s Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) was the conference physical activity partner.

Conference Resources

Linking for Healthy Communities 2017 Conference Highlights

Final 2017 conference program

Presenter bios

Keynote Address from Kim Katrin Milan

Kim Katrin Milan is a dynamic community organizer and advocate of equality and inclusion who helps people build their ability to relate to others – especially to those who, on the surface, may seem quite different than ourselves. Kim’s keynote address deepened our understanding of the concepts of equity, bias, intersectionality, cultural competency, allyship and inclusion.

Opening Keynote Address – Centring the Margins

Video interview with Kim

Workshop Materials

What Successful Partnerships Do: An equity and inclusion lens (HandoutPartner Contribution Matrix)

Reflection and Action on the Impact of Power & Privilege in Health Equity Practice (Slides)

Practicing Equity with Cultural Humility (Slides)

Nation to Nation: Strengthening Relationships with Indigenous Communities (Slides not available – contact www.ofifc.org)

Actionable Knowledge & Helpful Tools for Engaging Young People from Diverse Backgrounds (SlidesBlog post)

Working With the Priorities of People Living In Poverty (Blog post)

Facilitating Community Conversations on Inclusion (Slides)

Reflecting on Equity and Inclusion in Leadership (SlidesWorkshop materialsBlog post to come)

Vers le développement de partenariats dynamiques, effectifs et durables (SlidesHandout)

Les 5 disciplines de la gouvernance synergique (Slides not available – contact www.monassemblee.ca)

Franco Pavilion

The French Pavilion at the conference helped connect participants to French speakers and service providers through mini-presentations and an open marketplace.

Patient Priority: An overview (English Slides)

How to engage with francophone communities (English Slides)

Socio-demographic changes within the Francophone community of Ontario (French Slides)



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