Measures to facilitate access to health care for English speakers


Publié le 25 avril 2017

Plans to make accessibility to health care easier for anglophone clients in the region.

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Last Wednesday (April 19th), over 70 individuals representing some fifty organizations took part in an initial consultation concerning access to health care and social services in English in the Montérégie-Ouest.

The purpose of this consultation, organized by the Centre intégré de santé et services sociaux (CISSS) de la Montérégie-Ouest, was to identify good practices and update the next Access Program for health and social services in English within the CISSSMO.

The subjects discussed, in particular, were the needs and issues encountered by English speaking clients when they make a request for health care or social services. Thanks to the different and complementary expertise of all the participants, a variety of solutions and project ideas were proposed.

Furthermore, the day shed light on innovative initiatives being carried out by the community and the CISSS to improve access to health care and social services in English.   

It is estimated that 20% of the population in the Montérégie-Ouest is English speaking, which includes 32% in the Haut-Saint-Laurent, 28% in Vaudreuil-Soulanges and 24% in the Châteauguay-Mercier sector.

This meeting was made possible thanks to the Centre d’aide et référence en santé et services sociaux, the Montérégie-Ouest Réseau communautaire, the New Frontiers School Board as well as the Réseau emploi entrepreneurship.

Translated by Cathleen Johnston