Skin Spectrum Summit
Saturday, June 11, 2022
The Indigenous Skin Spectrum Summit is dedicated to improving the cultural competence of Canadian healthcare providers and giving practical advice on providing dermatologic care to Indigenous patients.
First held in March 2021, the Indigenous Skin Spectrum Summit is a special session of the Skin Spectrum Summit addressing specific challenges in treating Canada’s Indigenous community.
The second Indigenous Skin Spectrum Summit will be held during National Indigenous History Month in Canada. As we recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada, we must also acknowledge the persistent health gaps that these communities experience.
Be able to identify skin disorders in richly pigmented skin and recognize prevalent dermatologic disease in Indigenous populations
Improve diagnosis of dermatologic conditions in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis patients
Understand how historical and systemic factors contribute to health gaps for Indigenous people
Understand how NIHB program coverage works for treating skin conditions
Adopt experience-based approached to more effectively manage Indigenous patients and the unique treatment challenges they may face
Indigenous communities in Canada are chronically underserved, with less and poorer access to medical expertise than other Canadians.
Quality of life in Canada, as measured by the United Nations Human Development Index, is "very high"—it ranked 12th globally in 2016. But the on-reserve Registered Indian population in Canada, by the same metrics, would place 78th globally. This severe inequality is unacceptable in a fair society.
The approximately 1 in 20 Canadians (4.9%) who identify as Indigenous have worse health outcomes than any other population group. It's past time to close the gap in access to healthcare and quality of life for Indigenous people in Canada.
We are proud to partner with community and industry sponsors. Support of this event is an opportunity to show strong leadership in the Canadian community and prove your commitment to improving healthcare in Indigenous communities in Canada.
For information about how to become a sponsor of this event, please contact us.