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Facilitating Access to Health Care for English-Speaking Minorities in Quebec

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What is the focus of the program?

To encourage new and innovative research around accessing healthcare or social services for English-speaking minorities in Quebec through mentorship, training and funding

Who is it for?

  • Advanced undergraduate or graduate students from any Quebec university whose current or future research topics focus on the intersection of language and healthcare or social service provision (Honors thesis, graduate projects, dissertations)
  • Candidates who wish to focus on the financial impact language barriers can have on health or social services are especially welcome

What do students do?

  • Attend training at the IHSP (usually a full day meeting once per term)
  • Develop their research proposals on themes related to health, social services and language
  • Present research with a focus on policy to the IHSP community

Where and when does it take place?

  • Meetings take place at the IHSP (Charles Meredith House)
  • The program runs for the full academic year (Sept-April)
  • Awardees living outside of Montreal may be asked to travel once per term for meetings

How much is the award?

  • $4000

How many awards are available?

  • The award envelope of $20,000 will be divided between up to 5 candidates
  • Note that due to the very specific nature of this program, it is much less competitive than other IHSP programs

Program Overview

The Language and Health: Facilitating Access to Health Care for Linguistic Minorities student program provides a unique opportunity to bring together the expertise of the HCALM-Network community on access to health care and the IHSP’s focus on policy with the goal of supporting young researchers who hope to make a difference in their communities. The purpose of this partnership is:

1. To encourage new and innovative research on facilitating access to health care for English-speaking minorities in Quebec by providing support to students not currently affiliated with the TRHP through mentorship, training and funding.

2. To equip students interested in access to healthcare for linguistic minorities with skills and tools to connect with other researchers and the broader community through training on health systems, the policy process, and knowledge translation.

The research component of the TRHP brings together a network of researchers investigating health care access for linguistic minorities (HCALM- Network). This research is part of a growing movement worldwide to understand patient- practitioner communication and its impact on health care delivery.

Current Students

Topic: AccessHealth: A mixed methods study on the role of knowledge in English-speaking immigrants’ health care seeking behaviour

Supervisors: Dr. Gillian Bartlett and Dr. Ellen Rosenberg

Doaa Farid is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University and CIHR Fellow in Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Research. She obtained her B.Sc. in Dietetics and Human Nutrition from McGill and her M.A in Medical Nutritional Sciences from Boston University.  Her interdisciplinary work focus on the integration of immigrants and minority groups into the Canadian healthcare system. Her research interests include primary healthcare, addressing health inequities, immigrant’s health, chronic disease prevention and management, and evidence-informed decision-making.


Topic: Examination of an inter-organizational collaboration and emerging pilot project for English-speaking Black families reported under the child protection system

Supervisors: Dr. Claire Chamberland, Dr. Nico Trocmé

Alicia Kyte is a doctoral candidate in Social Work at the University of Montreal.  Her general research interests are in the area of child maltreatment.  Her goal is to conduct research that is relevant and accessible to policy makers and service providers.  For her dissertation, she aims to explore and understand how a child protection agency in Montreal and a community organization for English-speaking Black families partnered to reduce the over-representation of Black families within the child protection system. 


Topic: Migrant First Nations, Inuit and Metis (FNIM) Youth Perspectives on Accessing Health Care ithin Urban Montreal

Supervisor: Dr. Beverly Best

Ryan Moyer will begin his M.A. Sociology at Concordia University this coming fall semester under the supervision of Dr. Beverly Best.  His primary focus is putting theory into action through research.  Ryan's most recent fieldwork was conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, where he explored the role of both life-long learning and experiential education in the process of increasing community capacities. Ryan's partnership with the Institute of Health and Social Policy stems from his passion for fostering spaces wherein at-risk populations can engage in honest, conscious and meaningful dialogue in order to enact meaningful societal and/or policy transformation.


Topic: The Community Liaison project: Supporting the vitality of the English-Speaking community of Val-Saint-Francois in the Estrie region

Supervisors: Dr. Claude Charpentier

James Whyte is currently in the 3rd year of a Honours B.A. in Applied Psychology at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, QC.  He entered Psychology at Bishop's in the hopes of pursuing a M.A. in Counselling. The project he is working on is supervised by Dr. Claude Charpentier, and involves interviewing residents of the Val-Saint-François English-speaking community (ESC) with a view to improving English speakers’ access to health care services. He will be evaluating the Community Liaison Project which has been designed to increase the community knowledge of the health care system and the resources available to them.