Health Policy Priorities 2

Access to culturally appropriate care for physical and mental health

June 23, 2015 | Areej Al-Hamad and Laurel O'Gorman 

A new briefing note released by Northern Policy Institute identifies access to culturally appropriate health care services as the top health policy priority for the people of Northern Ontario. The briefing note, Northern Ontario Health Care Priorities: Access to Culturally Appropriate Care for Physical and Mental Health, prepared by Areej Al-Hamad and Laurel O’Gorman of the School of Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University, addresses the top priorities of Northern Ontario’s health policy agenda over the next three to five years.

According to Al-Hamad and O’Gorman, the current health care strategy of the province is a patient-centred approach focussing on improving individual’s health behaviours, improving access to family health care, and providing Ontarians with the ‘right care, at the right time, in the right place.’

The authors conclude that access to care and access to culturally sensitive care are the top priorities for the people living in Northern Ontario.


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