The work of organizations and institutions in the health care and mental health sectors is rooted in using science-based medical intervention to treat illnesses of the body and mind. These services are developed and offered on an assumption that all people share largely similar physiology, and thus, health care is a neutral space. This is far from the case. Many of these organizations and institutions in this sector function without context, dismissing the idea that social analysis is necessary in science-based medical models. However, research has proven that social determinants of health like gender, culture, ethnicity, economic status and other socio-economic factors have a direct impact on the way that different groups experience health care.
For example, studies have shown that Black, Latino (US) and Indigenous (US and Canada) patients admitted to hospitals are less likely to receive effective services like cancer screenings, and more likely to be given unnecessary and potentially harmful tests and interventions. These same patient were also more likely to be uninsured. Research also suggest that health care professionals often underestimate the pain levels of racialized patients even when they provide the same descriptions as their white counterparts. Similar issues arise when you examine mental health. Children of colour are less likely to receive diagnoses of ADHD despite showing symptoms at the same rate as their white counterparts, but they were more likely to be placed in special education. Meanwhile, some doctors are prescribing ADHD medications to low-income children, purely as a means of improving poor academic performance, despite uncertainty about the long-term effects of these drugs.
As with any of our strategies for more equitable outcomes, the Kojo Institute approach to the health care and mental health sectors begins with the use of disaggregated identity data. We help organizations and institutions to analyze this data to determine who they are serving, who are being underserved, and what factors are contributing to those outcomes. We supplement these findings with the feedback of service recipients and racialized staff and students on where the systems are falling short.
Additionally, we provide decision-makers with important social context by educating them on the way that factors like oppression, violence, and low income can both cause physical and mental health problems and create barriers to care for racialized and minority groups. This information is used to develop strategies to make health care policies and practices reflective of the communities they serve, culturally safe for racialized groups, and accessible regardless of income or social status.
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We thought we already had a pretty good handle on equity, diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias, but Kike’s presentation was enlightening. I have used her concepts several times since. Her style is energetic and engaging and she has a very positive manner. Our thirteen board members were engrossed by her work. Extremely effective.
Kike Ojo has the depth, knowledge and experience to engage participants of diverse backgrounds with highly complex subject matters that are relevant to all organizations. The sheer brilliance of her mind and ability to connect ideas is masterful, which allows everyone in the room to powerful moments of learning.
Kike’s style of facilitation and training is extremely effective; she provides the raw truth wrapped in empathy and understanding. She helped Peel establish a strong and lasting focus on anti-oppressive practices resulting in Peel leading the way across the Province.
I rate Kike’s influence as one of the most substantial in the development of MSW students. She engages them with interesting ideas and invites their participation in dialogue, stretches them to consider what needs to change in organizations to ensure that children and youth of colour get a fair start in life.
The Diversity & Equity training session delivered by Kojo Institute had our participants locked, leaning in and totally focused. Kike was phenomenal!
Often people say Anti-racism and Anti-oppression training does not work. After Kike’s training session for OCAD University academic leaders, we have had hard follow up conversations about “where are the fences” in our institution. This was possible because of the foundation, concepts and language that Kike provided us.