POPLAR EDIIA in Research Webinar Series

Equitably improving primary health care requires research and practice-based learning that are thoroughly grounded in the principles of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Indigeneity, and Accessibility (EDIIA). POPLAR, Ontario’s provincial primary healthcare Practice-Based Learning and Research Network, is hosting four monthly webinars, beginning in July, for anyone who wants to learn more about building these principles into their work.

POPLAR’s vision is to advance equitable primary healthcare delivery and health outcomes for everyone in Ontario. POPLAR aims to embed EDIIA principles in all their activities. This ongoing learning journey requires self-awareness, reflection, and action. POPLAR is committed to developing approaches to leadership, research, data collection, knowledge mobilization, knowledge translation, and data management that are in keeping with EDIIA. 

For more information, and to register for a workshop, visit the POPLAR website.



Embedding Equity in Leadership & Teams

Monday, July 25, 2022, 12-1pm ET

To build a culture that supports EDIIA principles, leaders must embrace an inclusive approach. The transformation necessary for this approach will only happen if new behaviours and organizational practices are “baked-in” to our everyday work.  During this session, you’ll hear from Nicole Kaniki, Director of EDI in Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto who will share her experiences and how her organization is approaching EDIIA into the future.

​Keynote: Nicole Kaniki, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Research and Innovation at University of Toronto

​Special introduction by Cliff Ledwos, Director, Primary Health Care and Initiatives and Associate Executive Director at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Watch the replay here  |  Presentation Slide Deck

Building Research Projects with an EDIIA Lens

Friday, August 26, 2022, 12-1 pm ET

Inequities exist in research for under-represented and under-served groups/communities, and it is important for researchers to consider these inequities and build in value-driven approaches to their research design. What are the key components and questions to consider when imbedding EDIIA in their research?  During this session, you’ll hear from Dr. Viv Ramsden, Director of the Research Division in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan who will share her experiences in co-creating community-led participatory research.

​Keynote: Dr. Vivian Ramsden, Director of the Research Division, Department of Family Medicine at University of Saskatchewan

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EDIIA and Data - Building Capacity

Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 12-1 pm ET

EDIIA concepts should inform the collection, governance and use of health data for reseach, Quality Improvement and system planning. However, all too often this occurs in a tokenistic or performative way, rather than being transformative. During this session, you’ll hear from Dr Andrew Pinto, founder of the Upstream Lab and co-lead of POPLAR’s Clinical Research Committee, as he takes us through key considerations relevant to building capacity in primary care for both applying EDIIA and the conduct of data science, outlining four key recommendations for research teams.

​Keynote: Dr. Andrew Pinto, Scientist and Founder of Upstream Labs at Unity Health

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FNIM data and Indigenous data sovereignty

Date: TBD

It is essential to conduct Indigenous research by or with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities or leadership organizations while engaging with Indigenous knowledge systems in a culturally appropriate manner. Adhering to the principles of respect, relevance, reciprocity, and responsibility is fundamental to building strong research partnerships with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. During this session, you’ll hear from Sujitha Ratnasingham, Operational Lead of the Indigenous Portfolio at ICES, as she takes us through the Indigenous data governance principles ICES has embedded in the protection, use, and sharing of data and knowledge products about First Nations, Métis, or Inuit populations.

​Keynote: Sujitha Ratnasingham, Director Of Strategic Partnerships and Operational Lead, Indigenous Portfolio at ICES

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