As we ease into the new year, WHCC continues to prioritize our commitment to making the world a healthier and more inclusive place for all through promoting culturally sensitive care. According to the BC Medical Journal, culturally sensitive care involves modifying medical care to account for “language barriers, personal biases and assumptions, and lack of knowledge.”
These practices are especially important in a country with a population as diverse as Canada’s. By respecting and responding to the unique needs of women in Canada, we can create a more effective and equitable healthcare system.
To explore this topic, WHCC hosted a conversation on the importance of culturally sensitive care and healthcare equity between sports broadcaster and health advocate Kayla Grey and Dr. Aisha Lofters, a globally recognized leader in health equity research.
Kayla is the host of TSN’s The Shift with Kayla Grey, a regular anchor of SportsCentre, and a courtside reporter for TSN’s live coverage of the Toronto Raptors. In 2018, Kayla became the first Black woman to host a flagship sports highlight show in Canada when she made her SportsCentre debut. In 2022, she received the Change Maker Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
Dr. Aisha Lofters is Chair in Implementation Science at The Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers at Women’s College Hospital, and an associate professor at the University of Toronto. In 2021, Dr. Lofters co-founded Every Breast Counts, a cancer resource hub for Black women. In 2022, Dr. Lofters was awarded the prestigious Inclusive Excellence Prize for her contributions to promoting equitable and inclusive cancer care in Canada.
Find the first clip from Kayla Grey and Dr. Lofters’ conversation here, where they talk about the need for more women doctors of colour. Stay tuned for more enlightening clips from their conversation on WHCC social channels this month.