2024 CAnD3 Keynote Address: Structural inequities in health: Looking back and to the future

Monday, June 3, 2024 10:30to14:30
Hybrid: Faculty Club, McGill University & Online, 3450 McTavish Street, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E5, CA

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We are excited to welcome you to the 2024 CAnD3 Keynote Address! This hybrid event is the culmination of the 2023-2024 Training Program. CAnD3 is thrilled to have two amazing speakers, Dr. Siddiqi and Dr. Carabali, joining us for what will be a great Keynote Address. We are also excited to host for the first time the Dragon's Den finals in person where the finalists from the 2023/2024 cohort will compete for the grand prize! The Fellows will also give us a glimpse on their work done in data-driven decision making alongside our incredible partners. This will be a moment to celebrate the past four cohorts of CAnD3 Fellows from 2020 to 2024 and welcome the incoming cohort for 2024/2025.

We hope that you will join us, whether in-person or virtually, for this exciting celebration of our program's successful delivery. To learn more about the CAnD3 program and our impact, read our recently released annual report.


10:30 - 11:00 | Registration with coffee

11:00 - 12:15 | Keynote Lecture by Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi and Dr. Mabel Carabali

Dr. Siddiqi will delve into the evolution of investigating structural determinants of health, exploring how data availability, analytic strategies, and causal inference approaches have shaped this trajectory. Her presentation will offer an overview of these influential factors and raise critical questions for the future of this research domain. Following that, Dr. Carabali will focus on contemporary challenges in assessing inequalities, with a special emphasis on methods for evaluating racial disparities, highlighting both the hurdles and opportunities that lie ahead in this important field.

More about Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi and Dr. Mabel Carabali

Circular image of featured speaker Arjumand SiddiqiDr. Arjumand Siddiqi

Professor, Population Health Equity, University of Toronto

Senior Scientist and Edwin S.H. Leong Chair of Child Policy Research, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.

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Dr. Arjumand Siddiqi is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Population Health Equity at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist and Edwin S.H. Leong Chair of Child Policy Research at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. At University of Toronto, she is also appointed in Sociology, Public Policy, and Women and Gender Studies, and is a Senior Fellow of Massey College. She holds Adjunct Professorships at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Dr. Siddiqi’s research focuses on understanding the nature and causes of health inequities, with particular emphasis on how they are influenced by social policies and other societal conditions. Dr. Siddiqi frequently works with organizations, including governments and international agencies, on issues of social determinants of health, health inequalities, and related matters. She was a member of the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health. She is the recipient of the 2022 Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Population and Public Health Mid-Career Trailblazer Award.  She received her doctorate in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Mabel Carabali

Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, & Occupational Health, McGill University

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Dr. Mabel Carabali obtained her medical degree from the Universidad Libre in Colombia, a PhD in epidemiology from McGill University and did her postdoctoral training at the Social Epidemiology Lab at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Carabali held a position as Assistant Professor at Université de Montréal and has more than 14 years of experience in international epidemiological and biomedical research of infectious diseases and social epidemiology. Dr. Carabali is a social and infectious diseases epidemiologist and her current research focuses on assessing the effect of underreporting and misclassification of the outcome and socioeconomic exposures in infectious diseases; and the expansion of statistical methods for the study and understanding of intersectionality. Other projects include fever surveillance studies for emergent pathogens in Latin America, the analysis of social determinants and socioeconomic disparities for different outcomes in urban settings of the Pan-American region, and racial inequalities and spatiotemporal distribution of police fatal encounters in the US. Dr. Carabali is also an Associate Editor at PLosNeglected Tropical Diseases (PLos NTD).


12:15 - 13:45 | Lunch and Poster Session featuring CAnD3 Fellows' research

Stick around for a light lunch and learn about our Fellows' diverse and multidisciplinary research.   

13:45 - 15:30 | Dragon’s Den Finals

15:30 - 16:00 | Coffee & poster session 2

16:00 - 17:15 | Partners & Fellows Showcase 

17:15 - 17:30 | Closing Remarks

17:30 - 19:30 | Cocktail mixer 


This is a hybrid event. The online portion of the event will be held on Zoom, and the in-person portion will be held at the Faculty Club (3450 McTavish Street) at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In-person capacity is limited. If you registered to attend in-person and can no longer join us, please notify us at cand3 [at] mcgill.ca.

Suggested Readings

Basu S, Rehkopf DH, Siddiqi A, Glymour MM, Kawachi I. Health Behaviors, Mental Health, and Health Care Utilization Among Single Mothers After Welfare Reforms in the 1990s. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Mar 15;183(6):531-8. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv249. Epub 2016 Mar 5. PMID: 26946395; PMCID: PMC5013929.

Siddiqi et. al. report for the Broadbent Instute: https://assets.nationbuilder.com/broadbent/pages/7831/attachments/original/1611011661/Addressing_Economic_Racism_in_Canada's_Pandemic_Response_and_Recovery_-_Report.pdf?1611011661

Carabali M, Maheu-Giroux M, Kaufman JS. Dengue, Severity Paradox, and Socioeconomic Distribution Among Afro-Colombians. Epidemiology. 2021 Jul 1;32(4):541-550. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001353. PMID: 33767115.

Bashir H, Ferreira A, Ortigoza A, Carabali M, Ramos D, Slesinski C, Goes E, Barber S. Making the Invisible, Visible: Race, Racism, and Health Data, Lessons from Latin American Countries. The SALURBAL Project, the Ubuntu Center, and the Pan-DIASPORA Project. Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health; January 2023. https://ubuntucenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Race_Racism_Data-Brief_ENG_v2.pdf


What are Lunch&Learn's?

The CAnD3 Lunch&Learn series is designed to introduce our Fellows, team members, and partners to emerging research on topics related to population dynamics and population aging. These modules will cover the Four CAnD3 Population Aging Axes: (1) family and social inclusion; (2) education, labour and inequality; (3) migration and ethnicity; and (4) wellbeing and autonomy.

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