Producing equity in mental health service provision for Canada's diverse population - what worked and what did not

Dr Kwame McKenzie
Dr Kwame McKenzie, Medical Director CAMH, Professor of Psychiatry University of Toronto, Director of SAMI CIHR Training Program


Canada has one of the most diverse populations in the world. In Toronto 50% of the population are immigrants from non European countries. Excellent healthcare for all is enshrined in health policy at a national and city level but there is no strategy in place to produce improvements in outcomes for ethnically diverse populations.  In 2014 the Mental Health Commission of Canada commissioned the case for diversity>  This major project included systematic reviews of the Canadian literature, best practices through in the international literature and economic analysis and a call for effective innovative services in Canada.   In this workshop we will present the findings of the Case for Diversity and will report on  how effective this study has been in improving services for diverse populations in Canada.


Kwame McKenzie, MD, FRCPsych

Kwame McKenzie is Medical Director of Underserved Populations at CAMH. As a Senior Scientist, he specializes in Systems and Health Equity Research at CAMH. Additionally, Dr. McKenzie is a full Professor and the Co-Director of the Division of Equity Gender and Population in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.

Dr. McKenzie is also CEO of the Wellesley Institute and a member of the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council of the Minister of Health.  He sits on the Board of the United Way Toronto and the Ontario Hospitals Association

Dr. McKenzie is an international expert on the social causes of mental illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems. As a physician, psychiatrist, researcher and policy advisor, Dr. McKenzie has worked to identify the causes of mental illness, particularly in cross-cultural health, for over two decades. He is an active, funded researcher of social, community, clinical and policy issues and has 200 academic publications including four books.