The goal of the “Caring for Black Bodies” webinar series presented by the Pan-Canadian Association of Nurses of African Descent (PCANAD) is to dispel the misconception of the association of Black skin to be a biological predisposition for disease development. For centuries, race has been misrepresented to be a biological attribute instead of a social construct. When disparities are identified in health research, researchers label race as a risk factor for the disease or condition under investigation instead of using race as a “risk marker” to explore reasons for the identified disparities. In light of the growing body of genetic evidence, PCANAD aims to address this erroneous non-scientific assertion that has contributed to the discrimination people of African descent have experienced on these lands and beyond.
Join us on November 25th, 2022, from 9: 00 am to 11: 00 am PDT/12: 00 noon to 2: 00 pm EDT to learn more about anemia, with a special focus on sickle cell anemia. Guest speakers include Biba Tinga (President/Executive Director, Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada), Dr. Jennie Haw (Scientist, Canadian Blood Services), Bukola Ibitoye (Doctoral Student, UBC), and individuals with lived experiences.