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Commitment to Social Justice and Health Care

It is our intent that as midwifery students progress through the program, it brings them together to better understand one another’s individuality and to better serve those who access midwifery care. Through case studies, scenarios and class discussions, we purposefully try to bring awareness to inequities that exist in our society and to create change in the systems we work and live in. We aim to support all identities by bringing those perspectives to the forefront for respectful discussion and understanding by all. It is our intent to present materials and activities that are respectful of diversity: gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, culture, perspective, and other background characteristics. At its core, one of our first year courses, “Social Justice & Healthcare” lays a foundation in the concept of social justice and how one locates themselves as an individual and healthcare professional within the healthcare setting. The course examines power and privilege followed by an exploration of systems of health including health care systems, social determinants of health as defined by Canadian society and Indigenous populations.

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