Dismantling Structural Stigma in Healthcare in Conversation with Dr. Javeed Sukhera

Published on January 18, 2024

To kick off Season 3 of The HQ podcast, we are honoured to welcome an internationally distinguished expert in mental health, Dr. Javeed Sukhera. As Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living (IOL) and Chief of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, Dr. Sukhera brings invaluable insights to our discussion about structural stigma in the healthcare system, as it relates to those who live with mental health and/or substance use challenges.

Structural stigma impacts our ability to provide high-quality, equitable care and service, across all parts of the health system. So, why does it persist – and why does it persist in our healthcare organizations and systems? What is getting in the way of equitable care and unbiased treatment for all?

In this episode, Dr. Sukhera explores with us the nuances of structural stigma, identifies key structural barriers that exist within the health system, and discusses strategies that can help us dismantle these barriers at a systemic level to improve care for all. This episode is a must-listen for healthcare professionals, policymakers, and anyone who is passionate about transforming mental health care in Canada. Tune in to The HQ Podcast Season 3 for this eye-opening discussion and join us in creating a future where mental health care is free from stigma and bias.

Don’t miss out – listen, learn, and be part of the change!

About Dr. Sukhera

Dr. Javeed Sukhera is the Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living (IOL) and Chief of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. In his role as Chair/Chief, Dr. Sukhera is responsible for advancing the IOL’s clinical, research, and educational missions including training programs in psychiatry, psychology, social work, and nursing, as well as several endowed research centers.

Dr. Sukhera is an internationally recognized health professions education researcher and thought leader. His research program explores novel approaches to addressing stigma and bias among health professionals and he has also been involved in advocacy and cross-sectoral work in education, policing, and community services. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Canadian Medical Association Journal and Deputy Editor of the journal Perspectives on Medical Education.


Mental Health Structural Stigma In Healthcare Online Course


Helpful Links

Dr. Javeed Sukhera | LinkedIn: Click Here

Dr. Javeed Sukhera| Twitter: Click Here

Mental Health Commission of Canada | Website: Click Here

FREE Mental Health Structural Stigma in Healthcare eLearning Course | CHA Learning: Click Here


Additional Resources

Champions and Changemakers: Real-World Examples | MHCC Website: Click Here

Dismantling Structural Stigma: An Implementation Guide | MHCC Website: Click here

Structural Stigma: Resources | MHCC Website: Click Here


Tell Us What You Think

We welcome your feedback about the HQ Podcast so we can continuously improve and create episodes that our listeners want to hear. Please take a few moments to fill out our short survey: Click Here

Don’t forget to subscribe to The HQ on your favourite podcast player and leave us a review!


About this Episode