McMaster University


McMaster University



Gender and Health Education Initiative


The Gender & Health Education Initiative was established by the Faculty of Health Sciences to support the development of health science education resources that examine the impact of gender on health and healthcare delivery.

As a multi-faceted initiative we offer several opportunities for students and faculty to get involved, including

  • An annual competition that offers research grants to those developing gender and health education
  • The Climb, a resource for female faculty and students to develop professionally in medical academia

The 2020 Resilience: Equity in Gender, Health & Water Conference at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (123 King St. West)  on March 6th and 7th, 2020.


The conference focuses on the intersections of gender, health and water in relation to resilience. The themes include: gender and health equality, holistic health (Indigenous perspectives), gender-based violence prevention, and responding to trauma (resilience interventions). The Annual May Cohen Lecture ('Child sex trafficking and exploitation: A pervasive form of sexual abuse') will be given on the first day of the conference (March 6th) by Dr. Jordan Greenbaum.

Please visit to view our promotional materials and complete registration.

Conference opening presentation #2020Resilience






News and Events

Documentary by physician film makers celebrates the work of Dr. May Cohen

More information about the film, including screening times, is available at


The film is being screened across Canada at various events.

The Gender Lady

  • The Hamilton Spectator wrote about the life and career of May Cohen (emeritus, Family Medicine) who worked to promote the equality and well-being of women, both as providers and beneficiaries of healthcare.






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