Stephanie Nixon and the Global Health Summit, Nov 3-5

Stephanie Nixon, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the Faculty of Medicine and at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, is a co-convener on the University of Toronto’s upcoming Global Health Summit, Creating a Pandemic of Health, organized by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health from November 3 to 5.

Along with the other co-conveners, Stephanie was asked: What is the most important way in which power, privilege and politics determine health equity?

Her response:

Head shot of Stephanie Nixon“It is well-accepted that people with certain experiences of disadvantage (e.g., lower income, race) have worse health, but what our fields are often silent on is how advantage and privilege lead to better health.

“We need to be more insightful about the role privilege plays in shaping global health equity, and also how it shapes our own programs of research. Such insights can lead to greater humility about how certain we are in our ‘expertise’.

“It’s not that our work is wrong; I’m proposing there is a blind spot. It can be hard to get one’s head around the idea of privilege when you are in a position of advantage, and it can be very unsettling because it means that your successes might not be solely based on your own hard work. There are big, important, health-defining social structures that you see when you look at things through the lens of privilege.

“Nurturing this understanding will help us all to do more socially just work.”

Event Details

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Institute of Global Health Equity & Innovation will be hosting a summit entitled “Creating a Pandemic of Health”. The event will bring together global health leaders, who will explore how best to create a pandemic of health through our foundational theme “Creating and Spreading Health: What would it take to promote full happy lives from the first to the last breath, for all?”

Date, Location, Registration

This event is taking place November 3-5, 2014 at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Ontario. Registration is required and closes October 27, 2014.


An innovative agenda will emanate through the following 5 sub-themes:

  1. Preventing the Preventable, Treating the Treatable, Transcending the Inevitable: What is the Gold Standard for Health Systems?
  2. Urbanism, Health, and the Growth of Megacities: When is more, more?
  3. Politics, Privilege and Power: What Really Determines Global Health Inequities?
  4. Achieving convergence: What Kind of Life Should Future Generations Experience?
  5. Global Big Data: How can Big Data Accelerate Global Health Progress?

Who will attend?

  • University of Toronto faculty and student community
  • Toronto Academic Health Science Network Hospital Community
  • Other local, national and international partners (including government, academic institutions, community organizations and NGOs)

Why Attend?

The Summit will offer interactive sessions, networking opportunities and serve as a launch pad towards the development of new collaborative initiatives.