I am a passionate advocate for social justice and equity in healthcare. As a white woman, this process starts with reflexive practice. I continue to learn about how racism impacts healthcare providers, and people receiving care. Racism creates lasting harm for its victims, and it is the ethical responsibility of all healthcare providers to advocate for a fairer system.

I hope to amplify the messages of people who experience racism, and also use my privilege as an ally and advocate. I presented a workshop on racism and cardiovascular disease at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, and hope that awareness about racism will lead to change.

To learn more about my work in this area, please see the following articles:

Jackson, J., McGibbon, E., & Waldron, I. (2013). Racism and cardiovascular disease: Implications for nursing. Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 23, 12-18. PUBMED id: 24400461

McGibbon, E., Waldron, I., & Jackson, J. (2013). The social determinants of cardiovascular health: Time for a focus on racism. Invited Guest Editorial. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 10, 138-142.