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In collaboration with CHNET-Works!, we are delighted to present the following series fireside chats relevant to Population Health. Details for registration is provided below. We are looking forward to your participation.

Adverse Health Outcomes of Labor Market Discriminations and Employment Insecurity faced by Racialized Groups in Toronto


Hosted by: Dot Bonnenfant
Starting: Apr 07, 01:00pm EDT
Ending: Apr 07, 02:00pm EDT

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This Fireside Chat presentation will discuss how different forms of discriminations that racialized groups face in the labor market intersect with their experiences of employment precarity and income insecurity to produce adverse health outcomes.

The discussion draws on findings from the second phase of the Income Security, Race and Health project; eight focus groups were conducted with diverse groups of precariously employed racialized people (n=78), and three focus groups conducted with service providers to map the links between labor market discriminations, employment insecurity, and negative health outcomes. Popular education techniques were used to invite participants to critically assess systemic causes and impacts of labor market discriminations and the strategies they utilize to overcome these discriminations and the negative economic and health outcomes. Study data show that forty percent of participants self-rated their current health as being less than good. Results indicate that the prevalent health outcomes of labor market discriminations, employment precarity and income insecurity include mental health issues (stress, depression, hopelessness, addictions), digestive disorders (e.g., ulcers, constipation, diarrhea), physiological (e.g., fatigue, exhaustion, weight gain/loss), and cardiovascular impacts (e.g., hypertension, high blood pressure), work place injuries, and negative impacts on family relationship and children's wellbeing.


Drawing on a critical social determinants of health framework the presentation will examine

(1) the intersections within the varied forms of discriminations that different racialized groups face in the labor market;

(2) the direct, indirect and mutually reinforcing pathways through which these systemic discriminations and economic insecurities result in multiple negative health outcomes, cumulative 'health strain,' and long-term deterioration of health; and

(3) the ways these negative experiences affect how racialized groups perceive and respond to discrimination and inequity.

*Policy implications for overcoming racialized health disparities will be discussed.


Co-Principal Investigators: 

Yogendra Shakya, Patricia Landolt and Grace-Edward Galabuzi

Presenter Bio:

Yogendra B. Shakya is a Senior Researcher at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services and Adjunct Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Yogendra's research expertise includes social determinants of health for newcomer and racialized groups. He is a Co-Principal Investigator in a number of research projects including the Income Security, Race and Health project.


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