February 21, 2024

Dal launches week of health‑promotion programming to support Black students – Dal News

Fikayo Kayode is Health Advertising Coordinator at Dalhousie.

Dalhousie’s Scholar Well being Marketing Business launched its very first-yearly Black Wellness Recognition Week (BHAW) now, which will run from February 6-10 on Halifax campuses. 

The aim of the 7 days is to collaborate with associates on university student-centered overall health promotion programs and academic chances concentrated on anti-Black racism in the physical wellbeing and psychological well-getting of Black folks. 

On top of that, the initiative aims to create a feeling of belonging the place students sense they matter by integrating variety and inclusiveness into Student Wellbeing Advertising choices to replicate evolving student needs and identities at Dalhousie. 

The week acknowledges that the overall health demands of Black men and women are usually dismissed and/or misrepresented in Canada’s wellness methods and aims to bring awareness to this truth. 

New functions and existing opportunities will amplify the incredible function that Dalhousie college students, workers, college, and neighborhood users are currently undertaking about these subjects of Black wellness and perfectly-getting.  

Some important gatherings: 

  • The to start with event to kick off the week is Highway to Therapeutic — A Religious and Emotional Health and fitness Workshop, delivered by Crystal Fanatic and Teaira Cain. This session will recognize and promote the variety of well being procedures that exist within just our Black communities. To be inclusive of Black individuals and take into account how intergenerational traumas/wounds can have an effect on our physical bodies, considering about and practicing choice techniques to increase perfectly-currently being, exterior of Western clinical wellness practices, is essential.  When and exactly where: February 8 at CHEB C140 from 6-8pm.
  • A panel discussion on “Centering Black Canadian Health” — a new course offering by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences taught by Michelle Patrick and Dr. Barb Hamilton-Hinch (Program Code – HLTH 2000) — centres on topic regions of Black joy, the wellness effects of systemic racism, trauma-knowledgeable treatment, and a lot more. Panelists will be speaking about some important features of this training course and rising exploration in Black Canadian well being which will carry to mild do the job being finished in the academic areas of Black overall health as nicely as the encounters of Black Canadians providing and/or obtaining healthcare in spaces with ongoing colonizing tactics. When and the place: February 9 at the LeMarchant Place (LMP) Atrium from 6-8pm.
  • Black Overall health Recognition Week will wrap up on February 10th with a Black Health and Wellness Useful resource Truthful, which will attribute Black-led and Black-owned corporations and wellbeing initiatives from the two Dalhousie and broader Nova Scotia group. Associates from the Nova Scotia Brotherhood and Sisterhood, Dalhousie Black College student Advising Heart and the Health Affiliation of African Canadians, will be current This Good will assist in our goals for the 7 days of producing a room for Black Dalhousie students to turn out to be familiar with some of the wellbeing-focused and Black centered individuals and methods that are available to them. Be part of us and get to know different overall health companies available for Black people. When and in which: February 10, LeMarchant Area Atrium from 3-6pm.

The first once-a-year Black Well being Recognition 7 days is about acknowledging and training health from a holistic sense, inclusive of psychological, actual physical, monetary, and religious overall health, and figuring out ways in which anti-Black racism impedes the overall health and well-currently being of Black folks through non-inclusive social techniques. It is also about shining gentle on and rising accessibility to the function users of our communities are executing to aid relieve challenges of systemic racism directed toward Black people today in Canada’s healthcare methods. 

Click on here for additional data and programming of Black Health Awareness Week. If you would like to get associated in teams on campus that are Black-targeted, we have also compiled a checklist of these teams you can join, contribute to, or assist.