Advocacy and Mobilization Program for Healthcare Professionals

Medical doctors are among the most trusted voices in Canada for reliable information. With the relevant skills and knowledge, healthcare professionals can use their voices as powerful advocates and organizers to mobilize strong environmental and climate action.

The Advocacy & Mobilization Program (AMP) is a capacity-building program that aims to empower and enable healthcare professionals to act as environmental and climate leaders by:

  1. Training healthcare professionals (HCPs) on advocacy and organizing skills
  2. Educating HCPs on the health impacts of environmental issues
  3. Providing HCPs with opportunities to mobilize on existing campaigns or initiate their own

What to expect

The first cohort will engage 50 HCPs across Canada from June 2022 to February 2023. We will kick off with a mandatory two-day virtual conference—June 18th and 19th 2022—during which participants will get the opportunity to build relationships with one another, acquire advocacy and organizing skills, and learn how to mobilize the health lens to address environmental issues. 

This will be followed by monthly programming with a variety of skills workshops and learning sessions. Participants will also be invited to a virtual engagement platform to access resources and engage with peers on projects and issues. At the end of the program in February 2023, participants will be invited to a federal lobby day to advance environmental and climate priorities ahead of the federal 2023 budget. 

Participants should expect to dedicate around 3-5 hours to the program per month: 1-2 hours for training sessions, 1-2 hours to meet with peers in the program, and 1-2 hours for personal learning and project organizing. 

Who can apply? 

Applications are open to physicians and HCPs. In the context of this program, a healthcare professional is defined as someone who treats patients directly and is certified by a regulated college or board, or is a student/in training on this process. Applicants should be based in or have a current connection to what is currently Canada, as the program is rooted in policymaking and advocacy in Canada.

Cohort 1 applications are now closed. Please look out for Cohort 2 applications to come.

Registration Costs

Healthcare professionals: $300

Medical learners: Free

If this cost should be a barrier to your participation, please contact the Program Director, Kiemia Rezagian, at kiemia@cape.ca for financial assistance. 

This cost includes: 

  • A 2-day virtual conference with several interactive workshops and relationship-building / networking opportunities
  • 9 months of ongoing programming (workshops, sharing of resources and opportunities)
  • Support for participation in a federal Lobby Day / Day of Action with MPs and Senators
  • Access to micro grant funding
  • Ongoing organizing support as-needed

The cost is to be paid after your application has been approved. 

Justice and Equity

Social and structural determinants of health (eg. housing, income, race, etc.) make it such that certain communities and individuals are more vulnerable to environmental harms and face systemic barriers to accessing healthcare. This program is committed to anti-oppressive principles and practice—a justice-lens will be applied to the structure and offerings of this program. Participants should expect to learn about disproportionate environmental and social harms and how to support the work and needs of communities who face systemic barriers. 

Questions and support

If you have any questions or need any support, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Director, Kiemia Rezagian, at kiemia@cape.ca.

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