SHN’s second cohort of the Health Equity Certificate Program made a resounding success of their time in the course. On Wednesday, June 8, we celebrated their achievements with a virtual graduation ceremony. The convocation ceremony featured words of congratulation from members of our network’s senior leadership, program sponsors and facilitators. We were also joined by Dr. Notisha Massaquoi, our keynote speaker, who delivered passionate and thoughtful insights on the study of health equity from her own work in the field, as well as a motivational call to action for our participants to apply what they have learned in their work going forward.

Beginning the program in 2021, our participants experienced a tumultuous year of local and global conditions that created a fascinating and important backdrop for their study of the impact of social determinants of health and how to address them, as they took part in sessions on a range of topics, from Indigenous health, disability and social exclusion, to the study of refugee and immigrant struggles.

Designed to empower those involved in delivering health care to promote health and develop strategies to reduce health disparities, after a year of diligent study, our graduates now have a strong understanding of the impact of social determinants of health and how to address them. Equipped with this knowledge, they will surely go on to make a positive difference in the community.

We asked some of our grads to reflect on the impact this course has had. Check out this video for what they had to say:


Who should apply?

This certificate program is open to teams and individuals interested in enhancing their ability to reduce disparities and promote health in our community. This program accepts applicants across all disciplines and sectors delivering care to the Scarborough community.


Dr. Mruna Shah,
​​​​​​​Director, Global Health, Diversity and Health Equity, Department of Family Medicine, SHN