Service professionals who provide health and social services to the African, Caribbean and Black populations in the national capital region gathered at The Palace on Cleopatra Drive on Tuesday 18 February, to share best practices and seek solutions to the many challenges facing these communities. Hosted by Somerset West Community Health Centre, the day-long symposium featured diverse presentations on tackling the stigma of HIV/AIDS, community development through participatory research, services for refugees, mental health, impact of war on women and the role of faith-based organisations in community development and diabetes screening. The highlight of the day was a presentation on “The Hub” , a network through which service providers can engage each other in sharing experiences and collaborating on programs or projects related to the social determinants of health. In attendance were representatives from: AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health, Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Black History Ottawa,  University of Ottawa, Centretown Community Health Centre, Youth Services Bureau, Jaku Konbit, Jamaica Ottawa Community Association, Canadian Forces, River Jordan Ministries, Sexual Assault Support Centre, Immigrant Women’s Services Organisation, South East Ottawa Community Health Centre, Ottawa’s Newcomers’ clinic and more.

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