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University of Toronto Launching New Degree Program in ‘Black Health’

University of Toronto Launching New Degree Program in ‘Black Health’

“Master of Public Health in Black Health”

Have you noticed that the progressive obsession with race often makes them appear racist?

The Toronto Star reports:

University of Toronto makes history with launch of new degree in Black health

Racism has harmed the health of Black people for generations, and its impact on Canada’s health-care system has often led to worse outcomes.

That’s why the University of Toronto is launching a Master of Public Health in Black Health to specifically train students entering health-care fields on how to improve the system and provide better care, said Roberta Timothy, an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at U of T.

“This is something that’s not only life-changing, but really critical for our community to have, to work differently with Black folks and really address not only anti-Black racism, but wellness and healing in our communities,” she said.

Black communities deserve health care that accounts for their diverse identities, incorporates cultural knowledge and practices, works to dismantle anti-Black racism and ultimately cares for their well-being, said Timothy, who created the program and is the Black health lead at the school.

And since the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected racialized people, it’s clear that inequities in health care that Black communities have faced for many decades must be confronted by the health system, as those communities require continued investment and improved care to combat historical anti-Black racism perpetuates harm, she said.

The two-year program will welcome its first cohort of 10 students in the fall of 2023. Timothy submitted a proposal to the university at the end of 2021 after consulting communities.


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The Gentle Grizzly | June 30, 2022 at 9:45 am

There may actually be something to this. Bad diet, higher levels of diabetes, sickle cell anemia, etc.

I’m sure this course will not address REAL issues of black, we, Black health but will just be more drum-banging for the cause.

    MajorWood in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | June 30, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    You forgot T-bird, weed, and Newports. At least the latter was being addressed as I saw on the front of some birdcage liner that they were going to ban menthol cigarettes because certain “peoples” are more susceptible to them, or something. IIRC, the same finding were published in J. Duh about 50 years ago.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to MajorWood. | June 30, 2022 at 6:47 pm

      Decades ago, a black shipmate I knew was a smoker. Camels. One of the “brothers” asked him why he didn’t smoke Kools. His reply was priceless and really shocked the questioner. “Why would I want to smoke a cigarette-shaped urinal cake?!?”

      I sprayed my coffee quite violently.

JackinSilverSpring | June 30, 2022 at 10:01 am

How about a subdegree in systemic black violence? After all, with 6000 black homicides a year, I would say black violence is a substantial aspect of black health.

henrybowman | June 30, 2022 at 1:10 pm

Didja know they gizzards ain’t in the same place?
While we’re at it, how about some ob-gyns for Vietnamese women? Because the, well, direction of… oh, never mind.

Reminds me of the old days when people believed that there were anatomical differences, including the myth that black people can’t swim.

    artichoke in reply to lawgrad. | June 30, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Is it a myth? Most can’t. Now that doesn’t mean they could not learn to swim, but it seems to be more difficult, not sure why. Maybe they are less buoyant and so it’s more work for them just to stay at the surface, that’s one thing I heard. In other words, an anatomical difference.

    Fast-twitch muscle fiber isn’t a myth either. They may be other differences as well, more related to disease.

      daniel_ream in reply to artichoke. | July 1, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      There are three body types: endomorphs (fat), mesomorphs (muscular) and ectomorphs (skinny). Endo- and ectomorphs float higher, mesomorphs float below the surface. All other things being equal, mesomorphs have to work harder to stay at the surface.

      It seems to be more of a cultural thing, though. Here in Canada everyone learns to swim, because cottaging and going to the closest lake or pool is a big thing in the summer months. The tiny handful of black people I know have zero interest in either, and never learned to swim as children.

      And that’s the other thing: the real story here is “Canada imports another one of the US’ neuroses in an attempt to feel like a Real Country”. We don’t have black people here. We have significantly more Indians (dot or feather) than blacks.

those communities require continued investment

It’s always about the grift, isn’t it.

texansamurai | July 1, 2022 at 10:27 am

potential new-hire: “eyes have a bs degree in black health.”

interviewer: “you sure do.”