2017 HCALM International Conference

Language and Health – Ethical and Policy Issues (with special focus on consent)


September 28-30, 2017

Hôtel de l'ITHQ


For almost a decade Health Canada has been funding important and innovative research on linguistic issues in healthcare provision, through HCALM (Health Care Access for Linguistic Minorities) Network – an interdisciplinary and interinstitutional community of researchers. The project comprises the research capacity of the larger Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project (TRHP), based at the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University.

The HCALM network will hold its 2017 annual conference on the topic of ‘language and health – ethical and policy issues’ in September 28-30. Language and health are interrelated in myriad ways, ranging from issues of physical and mental healthcare provision in multilingual societies, to health literacy and communication among patients, practitioners and policymakers, and to discourses of health and wellbeing. In accordance with the strong interdisciplinary nature of HCALM’s community of researchers, the conference brings together theories, frameworks, concepts and methods from a broad range of disciplines in the medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Similarly, it addresses the significant ethical and policy issues at the interface of public health and language (including sign language) policy, broadly interpreted. The third day of the conference is dedicated specifically to the topic of consent in the context of language and health.


Plenary speakers:

·         Chad Katsenhakeron Diabo, MHFA youth trainer and first responder (Kahnawake)

·         Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, bioethicist (Gallaudet)

·         Marc Zaffran, M.D., physician-writer (Montreal)



Please click here for the English version of the program; the French version will be posted shortly.



The registration is now closed. It might still be possible to register as day delegate. For further details please contact the organizers.



A limited number of rooms has been reserved for participants at the conference hotel (Hôtel de l'Institut) located at the conference venue. The rooms are available at a preferred rate for the dates September 27-30 (three nights). Please note that the rate is only valid until August 27th. The rate (per night, pre-tax) is as follows:

·         Standard rooms: single occupancy $150; double occupancy $170.

·         Superior rooms: single occupancy $170; double occupancy $190.

·         Each additional person: $25.

To book your accommodation, please contact the hotel directly at either 1-855-229-8189 (toll-free) or 514-282-5111 ext. 1 (local number) with the promo code MCGILL2709. If you experience any difficulties with the booking, please contact the hotel at hotel [at] ithq.qc.ca to seek further assistance, and include the promo code in your message.


Further details:

Please direct any queries related to the conference to the organizers Daniel Weinstock (daniel.weinstock2 [at] mcgill.ca) and Yael Peled (yael.peled [at] mcgill.ca).