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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 a series of 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. We aim to embed EDIIA principles in all our activities. This ongoing learning journey requires self-awareness, reflection, and action. We are committed to developing approaches to leadership, research, data collection, knowledge mobilization, knowledge translation, and data management that are in keeping with EDIIA. Join us in our journey.

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

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Building Research Projects

with an EDIIA Lens

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

Opportunities for engaging those that are frequently under-represented in research is important to consider when building value-driven and participatory approaches into  research designs. What are the key components and questions to consider when imbedding EDIIA into “re-search”? During this session, you’ll hear from Dr. Viv Ramsden, Professor and Research Director in the Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan who will share her experiences in developing 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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Embedding Equity in Leadership and Teams - Measuring EDIIA

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 12-1pm ET

Dr. Nicole Kaniki  returns for a follow-up presentation to the first POPLAR EDIIA webinar, Embedding Equity in Leadership and Teams (see above). This session will expand on the first one and address the question of how we can measure the effectiveness of our EDIIA efforts. Nicole will share recommended performance indicators and metrics for leaders to consider when developing and implementing strategies for embedding EDIIA into their organization’s work.  


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

Watch the replay here

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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, we hope to learn more about 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.

NOTE: This session is being reimagined and redeveloped in partnership with Indigenous health leaders. We will be scheduling on at a new date, later in the fall. Please stay tuned for more information.

To be notified of when this session is scheduled, please contact

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