The ACB Network would like to explore key issues that impact Health and Wellness for ACB communities locally as well as provincially. One of the primary barriers to understanding Health and Wellness within our communities is the lack of race-based data. The region of Waterloo currently does not collect any health statistics for Black communities thus making ACB communities under-researched.

Nancy Kreiger, an epidemiologist has studied racism as a determinant of health and identified 6 pathways through which racism harms health

  1. Economic and social deprivation
  2. Toxic substances and hazardous conditions
  3. Socially inflicted trauma (mental physical, and sexual, directly experienced or witnessed, from verbal threats to violent acts);
  4. Targeted marketing of commodities that can harm health such as junk food and psychoactive substances (alcohol, tobacco, and other licit and illicit drugs)
  5. Inadequate or degrading medical care and
  6. Degradation of ecosystems, including as linked to systematic alienation of Indigenous populations from their lands and corresponding traditional economies

We will be using these determinants of health as a framework in our approach within the Health and Wellness subcommittee. The committee will be exploring varying approaches and strategies that can be introduced to the community to address health and wellness in the region.

If you would like to take part in the Health and Wellness subcommittee, please fill out your contact information below. In your message, you must specify that this is the subcommittee you are interested in being apart of.