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PHO Rounds: Promoting Black Excellence and Evidence-Based Innovations in Mental Health

To commemorate Black Mental Health Week 2024, this Rounds will share findings from a Rapid Review on Mental Health Services and Programs with, and for, Black communities. Speakers will draw on key findings from the review, including strategies uncovered in the literature for reducing barriers to mental health care and promoting meaningful engagement of Black communities. Speakers will present findings in alignment with the ‘Five Priorities to End Disparities’, as highlighted in a community-led and community-informed report on Black health and well-being by the Black Health Alliance. The session will include a practice-based example led by CAMH’s Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY).

Intended audience: Public health practitioners, mental health service providers.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the ways anti-Black racism in Canada has translated to detrimental outcomes and harms, including differential mental health outcomes for Black communities
  • Discuss the diversity and characteristics of mental health services with, and for, Black communities
  • Describe Black communities’ leadership and impact in designing and implementing mental health programs and services
  • Explain examples of meaningful collaborations with Black communities when co-designing and co-implementing anti-racist and responsive mental health supports

Présentateur(s): Aklil Noza, Dr. Chantal Phillips, Kevin Haynes

Aklil Noza, MScPH, has an avid research interest in health equity research and Black health program implementation. She holds an MSc Public Health from McGill University and an Honours B.A. in Health & Society from McMaster University. She is currently on the board of the Black Health Education Collective's Scientific Planning Committee for their Black Health Primer, a Canadian medical schools curriculum for introduction to Black health inequalities and historical anti-Black racism in the medical field. Aklil sees community-led care, grassroots organizing, and a reconfiguration of public funds that prioritizes Black working class communities as integral to mental health care.

Dr. Chantal Phillips, MD, is a first-year medical resident in the Family Medicine Stream of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Program at the University of Ottawa. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto in June 2023. She has worked as a project manager, leading Black community health and mental health projects, for the past three years and is passionate about equitable and community-driven health solutions, with the overarching goal of increasing access to culturally responsive healthcare.

Kevin Haynes, MSW, RSW, is the Senior Manager, Black Health Strategy for the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is responsible for leading the provincial expansion of the Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY), the first-ever Canadian hospital and community partnership focused on advancing care for Black youth. Kevin is also the Co-Chair of the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Panel (MHAAP) with the Toronto Police Services Board where he provides leadership and makes recommendations to the Board related to monitoring and evaluating the implementation of Toronto Police Service’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

Avis de non-responsabilité

The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Mis à jour le 9 mai 2024