February is Black History Month. Together with the Alliance for Healthier Communities (a network of community-governed primary health organizations) we are celebrating Black Canadians’ resilience and survival through slavery and racism.

Black Canadians have created strong and vibrant communities. Collecting race-based data is an essential step to supporting them and promoting health equity for Black populations in Ontario.

Using data collected in culturally safe ways helps remove gaps and barriers in the health care system to support mental health and wellbeing for Black children, youth and families. When data collection works in tandem with advocacy and policy development, positive interventions occur for Black communities. Read more in a recent essay by Kofi Hope, Senior Policy Advisor at the Wellesley Institute.

Every one of the Alliance for Healthier Communities members, including the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre, is committed to advancing health equity through the delivery of comprehensive primary health care. Race-based data collection is one method to ensure the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.