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Accessible Health Care: A Response Framework for a Culturally Evolving Community

This framework was developed by the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC.  It discusses health care access issues faced by immigrants living in BC and highlights enablers for culturally responsive care that are applicable to other provinces. (British Columbia, Canada)

"Certain Circumstances" Issues in Equity and Responsiveness in Access to Health Care in Canada

This site provides a collection of papers and reports prepared for Health Canada that explores health care accessibility issues. Emphasis is given to persistent language and cultural barriers to the provision and/or the utilization of services in Canada. Common themes discussed include: Equity in access to health care, language and barriers to health care, barriers and specific population groups and cultural competence in paediatric health care. A summary of policy related recommendations is also provided. (Canada)

Language Barriers in Access to Health Care

This report prepared for Health Canada, provides an overview of current research describing the impact of language barriers on health care access and quality, and the role that language access programs can play in addressing these barriers. While the review includes studies done in other countries, the report is designed to provide an analysis of the research evidence from a Canadian perspective, and to assess the implications of findings for the provision of health care in Canada. It provides a brief overview of the emerging issues related to models of service provision, interpreter training and service standards. The report focuses on assessment of the effects of language barriers on access to health care, and quality of care received. It also examines a number of indirect effects of language barriers within the health system, including the issues of research participation, effect on providers and health care costs. (Canada)

National Foundation for Infectious Disease: A report on reaching underserved ethnic and minority populations to improve pediatric Immunization Rates

National Foundation for Infectious Disease: A report on reaching underserved ethnic and minority populations to improve pediatric Immunization Rates.This report discusses immunization as a health disparity issue. Focus is given to potential health implications in the United States and Canada.(United States)

National Foundation for Infectious Disease: A report on reaching underserved ethnic and minority populations to improve adolescent and adult immunization rates

National Foundation for Infectious Disease: A report on reaching underserved ethnic and minority populations to improve adolescent and adult immunization rates. This report discusses immunization as a health disparity issue. Focus is given to potential health implications in the United States and Canada. (United States)

The Joint Commission

This website provides a series of recent research reports on cultural competency issues in the American health care system. The reports discuss key challenges hospitals face when providing care and services to culturally and linguistically diverse populations.  It also explores how hospitals across the country provide health care to culturally and linguistically diverse patient populations.  (United States)

The Wellesley Institute

The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute. They focus on developing community-based research and community-based policy solutions to the problems of urban health and health disparities.  They provide information on health equity issues, housing and homelessness and the social determinants of health.  They also fund research on the social determinants of health and health disparities, focusing on the relationships between health and housing, poverty and income distribution, social exclusion and other social and economic inequalities that affect health. (Toronto, Canada)

 

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