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The Coin Model of Privilege (Video)

Stephanie Nixon

The Coin Model of Privilege (Video)

The George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) Grand Rounds feature a range of speakers addressing a variety of topics September through May of each year. CHI Grand Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. More info at

Learning Objectives:
- To understand the concepts of privilege and oppression, and their relationship to health equity
- To analyze the application of these concepts to one's own social locations
- To understand the principles of allyship, and how they relate to one's positions of privilege and oppression
- To apply the principles of allyship to one's own life, work and advocacy

SEEK Commentary

This video was assigned to my MPH class. It is an excellent introduction to understanding the concept of "privilege" in its many forms. Understanding privilege and power-imbalances is critical in work toward equity. For myself, my growing awareness and ability to recognize instances of privilege allows me to pause and reflect on my own (or a research team's) positionality within research and highlight the need for community expertise in recognizing and addressing systemic barriers.

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