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Apr 25, 2014

Carranza Conference: Diversity and Health: Avoiding Cultural Malpractice and Promoting Quality Care

Carranza LLP is proud to partner with William Osler Health System and Neuro-Rehab Services Inc. to bring you this very exciting conference.

Please join us for a unique conference for public and private health providers from across the continuum of care (acute care, hospital based rehabilitation, community programming and long term care).

Tuesday September 23, 2014

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Grand Empire Banquet and Convention Centre, Brampton, ON

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This Conference is intended for public and private medical and rehabilitation professionals, as well as administrators, ethicists, legal and diversity specialists, spiritual care providers, palliative care providers and those who wish to learn more about the delivery of diversity and ethics services within health care settings.

Today's medical and rehabilitation practices are not just about the treatment but also include the patient’s beliefs, culture, religion, race, ethnicity, age, gender, language, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, etc. Learn how these and ethical decision making can impact health outcomes and quality care. 

Participants will:

  • Learn how Diversity & Ethics impact quality of care and health outcomes.
  • Become more aware about what is happening to promote Diversity & Ethics within your medical/rehabilitation community
  • Enhance your cultural competence and ethical decision-making skills.
  • Take away practical tools and strategies you can use to enhance quality of care and outcomes within your practice and organization

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  Keynote Speaker:  Dr Joseph Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Betancourt directs the Disparities Solutions Center which works with healthcare organizations to improve quality of care, address racial and ethnic disparities and achieve equity. He is Director of Multicultural Education for Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an expert in cross-cultural care and communication. He advises federal, state and local government, foundations, health plans, hospitals and other institutions on strategies to improve quality of care and eliminate disparities. He is a practicing internist, co-chairs the MGH Committee on Racial and Ethnic Disparities and sits on several health equity boards.


Gurwinder Gill, Director Equity and Volunteer Services has been leading innovative programs in diversity/equity in healthcare and community services for over 25 years.  She is a member of the International Task Force for Culturally Competent Hospitals, co-chairs the CW LHIN’s Diversity & Equity Core Action Group and was instrumental in Osler’s Canada’s Best Diversity Employers Awards for  2013  and 2014.



Dr. Paula Chidwick Director Research & Corporate Ethics and Ethicist publishes and lectures widely on a variety of topics including ethics in transitions, ethics quality improvement, ethics and error, end-of-life, and advance care planning. She is a founding member of the Clinical Ethics Summer Institute (CESI) and the Healthcare Consent Quality Collaborative (HCQC).



Juan Carranza is a lawyer and managing partner of Carranza LLP. He is also the founder of Casa Maiz Cultural Centre and the current chair of the Hispanic Development Council. Juan is a Governor of Centennial College, a Board Member at Osler and a past member of the Steering Committee of Toronto’s Diverse-City initiative.



Patricia Howell is an Occupational Therapist, Case Manager, Life Care Planner and Manager, Communications and Development with Neuro-Rehab Services.  Over the last 27 years, working with adults and children with serious injuries in the community, she developed a keen interest in the area of culturally sensitive programming and has facilitated numerous workshops on the topic.


Dr. Jill Oliver is a Health Care Ethicist on consent, capacity, substitute decision making, and end of life issues in long term care settings. Jill has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo, an Academic Fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Ethics from the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.



Karima Karmali is the Director of the Centre for Innovation & Excellence in Child- and Family-Centred Care at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Karima has over 20 years of leadership experience in healthcare and professional practice with a strong background in strategic planning. She also provides strategic leadership to advance child and family-centred care and health equity.


Marylin Kanee is the Director of Human Rights & Health Equity at Mount Sinai Hospital. She has over 20 years experience in workplace human rights and equity and addresses workplace harassment and discrimination, violence and domestic violence. She also has a background in social work specializing in education and has recently led the first workforce census at a Canadian hospital.


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