Health Care, Health Sciences & Indigenous Health

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About our Toolkits

The overall goal of Empowering Women Leaders initiative is to achieve transformative systemic change in health care, health sciences, and Indigenous health contexts through the increased participation, visibility, and advancement of women in leadership positions.

We aim to achieve this goal by building an active, effective and sustainable network and community of practice among established and emerging women leaders and enhancing their capacity to make transformative systemic change with evidence-informed tools.

We have curated on this platform some of the key evidence-informed tools into a set of OVERLAPPING TOOLKITS.

We have developed a set of EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION toolkits to support inclusive leadership in health care and academic health sciences. Each of these toolkits are organized into two parts.

First, we have curated a toolkit of promising practices mapped to the LEADS Framework:

  • Lead Self
  • Engage Others
  • Achieve Results
  • Develop Coalitions
  • Systems Transformation

Second, we have curated two toolkits to support allies to leaders from diverse backgrounds:

  • Ally Toolkit for Men
  • Ally Toolkit in Support of Diverse Leadership

Toolkits License & Disclaimer

The Project Toolkits are released under the creative commons license Attribution-Share-Alike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Anyone is free to: Share — copy and redistribute the material from the Project Toolkit in any medium or format; Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material from the Project Toolkit for any purpose, even commercially. Dr. Ivy Lynn Bourgeault and the Empowering Women Leaders in Health Project cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Content Disclaimer
The information contained on the LEADS EDI Community for Practice portal (the “Toolkits”) is for information purposes only. The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the contents of the Toolkits. View full disclaimer here.

About Us

Our TEAM includes:

  • Ivy Bourgeault, University of Ottawa Chair in Gender, Diversity and the Professions
  • Karen Lawford, Assistant Professor in Gender Studies, Queen’s University
  • Jamie Lundine, Yvonne James, Billie Jane Hermosura, Doctoral Fellows
  • Ruth Decady, Undergraduate Fellow in the Gender, Work and Health Research Lab

We are supported in this initiative by our three amazing women LEADERS:

  • Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care London
  • Dr. Nancy Edwards, Emeritus Professor, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa
  • Dr. Lisa Richardson, Vice-Chair, Culture & Inclusion, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto

and our key PARTNER organizations:

Funding for this initiative was received from Status of Women Canada (Ontario).

We are grateful to the Canadian College of Health Leaders for their in-kind support of this platform for these toolkits.

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