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Sex and Gender Working Group Ready for Action in 2021

Posted on January 20, 2021 by Kelly Davison, RN, CPMHN(C), CTSS

Sex & Gender Working Group

2020 was an amazing year on our path toward Health for all. With the help and support of people across the country (and beyond), a great deal of progress was made on our Action Plan to Modernize Gender, Sex and Sexual Orientation Information Practices in Canadian Electronic Health Record Systems. This work was supported by a wide range of amazing and dedicated professionals engaging in learning and sharing, folks with lived experience, and the organizations they work for including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the University of Victoria, Canada Health Infoway, the Canadian Institute of Health Information, the Canadian Health Information Management Association, Trans Care BC, Alberta Health Services, Nova Scotia Health, Rainbow Health Ontario and so many more.

We know that sexual and gender minorities experience stigma, which leads to health inequities in Canada. We know that the Canadian eHealth landscape is still largely composed of outdated, binary, constructs of sex and gender. And we know that this impacts healthcare quality. It’s time to move beyond the binary. It’s time to take action, because inclusion in healthcare is a human right in Canada.

Join us on the fourth Tuesday of each month in 2021 for what promises to be an interesting and challenging year. We have a number of proposals submitted, and a number of key partners assembled -- ready for action -- ready for equity-oriented digital health systems that support safe, quality and effective healthcare for sexual gender minority Canadians.

Kelly Davison

Kelly Davison is a CNA-certified Registered Nurse (BC) that has practiced along the continuum of care in two provinces and has worked with our society’s most marginalized people – folks who live with concurrent disorders, people with chronic and difficult to treat primary mental illness, people with severe trauma and problematic substance use, and people who are homeless. In 2019, he graduated from the University of Victoria’s double degree MN/MSc (Health Informatics) program and the Health Terminology Standards program. In March 2020, he joined the Canada Health Infoway standards team. Kelly brings this wealth of experience to his leadership role in the Sex and Gender working group.

Interested in continuing the discussion? Do you have an idea or question that you want to share with this diverse range of professionals? Post it in the Sex and Gender Working Group forum and get the conversation started.

The Sex and Gender Working Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Join the community to get involved and receive email notifications of all forum posts.

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