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Dialogue McGill 2021 Virtual Conference

Addressing access to health care and social services for language minorities: Best practices and latest evidence

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December 14 & 15, 2021 (virtual), Montréal, Québec
This event was made possible thanks to a financial contribution from Health Canada.

The full conference can be viewed here: Day 1 | Day 2


Local and international speakers presented on the best practices and the latest evidence in access to health and social services for language minorities. Their wonderful presentations stimulated conversations with our audience members who joined us from many regions in Québec and parts of Canada.

We were thrilled to have over 150 unique attendees including members from Health Canada, MSSS, Secrétariat général santé et services sociaux, Health and Social Services Institutions, Community Networks, Educational Institutions, and many others join us in addressing these substantive issues.

Day 1

Day one of the conference can be viewed on our YouTube page by clicking here.

Day one took a broader approach to issues in access to health care and social services for language minorities. International and local speakers presented evidence-based findings in the field, and Dialogue McGill hosted a symposium to introduce initiatives in Dialogue McGill’s Recruitment and Retention Program.

Keynote Speakers:

Frederica Nvqvist, PhD, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Being small and outnumbered: A focus on official language minorities

Sarah Bowen, PhD, Applied Research and Evaluation Consultant, Nova Scotia
Access, quality, safety, equity: Evidence of impact of language barriers on health and health care

Day 2

Day two of the conference can be viewed on our YouTube page by clicking here. Please note that the poster presentations were not recorded.

The presentations on day two focused on adapting to local issues. Quebec-based speakers and researchers spoke on substantive issues of access to health care and social services. English-speaking networks in Quebec held a symposium presenting local initiatives and Dialogue McGill presented on its future directions. A poster session was held to present innovative research in the field.

Keynote Speakers:

Eva Villalba, MBA, MSc, Executive Director, Quebec Cancer Coalition
Value-based and advocacy approaches to improving access in health & social services

Richard Koestner, PhD, Department of Psychology, McGill University
How self-determination theory can help us provide better health care to individuals, families and communities: Understanding the benefits of collaborative autonomy

Poster presentations

Student researchers presented innovative projects related to health care and social services access for language minorities.

Congratulations to J. Davids and B. Lafrenière on winning the best poster presentation award for their poster titled The Benefits of Autonomy Support for the Healthcare Needs of Black Language Minorities in Quebec.

The posters can be viewed in PDF format here

Dialogue McGill 2023 Conference

Our next conference will be held in early 2023. We welcome your input; if you have topics you would like to suggest for Dialogue McGill’s 2023 conference, please let us know by clicking here.

We hope to repeat the success of our 2021 virtual conference.

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