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

Quick Facts | Program Description | Current Students

What is the focus of the program?

To encourage new and innovative research that addresses issues that arise around accessing health care or social services for English-speaking minorities in Quebec by providing support to students not currently affiliated with the TRHP 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 language (Honors thesis, graduate projects, dissertations)
  • Candidates who wish to focus on the financial impact language barriers have on health or social services are especially welcome

What do students do?

  • Attend seminars at the IHSP approximately once per month
  • 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?

  • At the IHSP (Charles Meredith House) for the full academic year (Sept-April)
  • Awardees living outside of Montreal can participate via Skype

How much is the award?

  • $4000+ (the total funding envelope for the program is $35,000 for 2015-2016)

How many awards are available?

  • The award envelope will be divided between up to 8 candidates
  • Note that due to the very specific nature of this program, it is much less competitive than other IHSP programs

Program Description

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 health care 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 Cohort

Emmanuelle L. Bolduc, Masters in Psychiatry

Supervisors: Dr. Lucie Nadeau and Dr. Cécile Rousseau

Topic: Access to Youth Mental Health: A comparison between English- and French-speaking immigrants and non-immigrants in a Montreal urban area

Emmanuelle Bolduc is a M.Sc. Student in Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University. She holds a B.A. in Psychology (2010) and a MBA specialized in International development and Humanitarian Action (2012) from Université Laval. Her research project aims to examine the differences and similarities in terms of access to Youth Mental Health (YMH) care services for immigrants and non-immigrants, comparing between English- and French-speaking individuals in a Montreal urban area. Her work will also document case studies of complex linguistic portraits of families requesting YMH services and the professional perceptions of the obstacles to access in terms of language barriers and the use of interpreters in Health & Social Service Centres. Results from this study will help finding tools to promote optimal communication in YMH settings, including interpretation services.

Rosalie Dumas, B.A. in psychology

Supervisor: Yvan Leanza, Université Laval        

Topic: Exploring Patients’ Experiences, Expectations and Needs Regarding Health Care Access and Use: A Comparative Study of Francophone and Anglophone Patients in Quebec-City

Rosalie Dumas will complete her bachelor degree at Laval University in April 2015. She works in collaboration with another undergraduate student, Claudia Tremblay, under the supervision of Yvan Leanza, PhD. and Rhéa Rocque, a doctoral student. Rosalie’s work focuses on the elaboration and validation of an interview grid for Rhéa’s doctoral research. This particular research aims to investigate the experience of migrant patients and Quebecker patients and more precisely, explores what patients appreciate or depreciate about their relationship with their doctor. The two groups will be compared to investigate possible intercultural differences. Her project with the IHSP consists to explore patients’ expectations and needs regarding healthcare access and use in Quebec-City whilst comparing Anglophone and Francophone patients’ experiences.

Rhéa Rocque, PhD in Psychology

Supervisor: Yvan Leanza, Université Laval        

Topic: Exploring Patients’ Experiences, Expectations, and Needs Regarding Health Care Access and Use: A Comparative Study of Francophone and Anglophone Patients in Quebec-City

Rhéa Rocque is a doctoral student in Psychology at Laval University. Her general research interests are in the fields of intercultural psychology and health psychology. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Her honours thesis explored the way Sub-Saharan African immigrants and refugees conceptualize mental illness, and the potential influence these representations may have on their health service use and their adaptation in Canada. Her PhD research explores intercultural communication in healthcare settings. More precisely, she is interested in exploring Anglophone and Francophone patients’ experiences in accessing and using care.   

Claudia Tremblay, B.A. in psychology

Supervisor: Yvan Leanza, Université Laval        

Topic: Exploring patients’ experiences, expectations, and needs regarding health care access and use: a comparative study of Francophone and Anglophone patients in Quebec City

Claudia Tremblay is a bachelor student in psychology, at Laval University. She works on a research project in the Psychology and Culture laboratory. This project is supervised by a doctoral student, Rhea Rocque. Anglophone and Francophone patients are interviewed about their experiences regarding health care access and use in Quebec City. With her colleague Rosalie Dumas, Claudia works more specifically on developing and testing the interview grid and on conducting qualitative analysis. She is also interested in cultural diversity, immigration, humanitarian projects and intervention in those situations. Claudia aspires to do a Masters in social work and to continue studying the immigrant population.

Yue Zhao

Originally from China Mainland, I am undertaking PhD studies in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University, Montreal. My research interests are to examine: the psychological adaptation processes of acculturation experienced by people moving from one culture to another; the effect of language barriers on access to healthcare services for linguistic minorities; and cross-cultural differences in psychopathology. I embarked on clinical psychology training to better comprehend the human psyche, to identify and explain individual and cultural differences, and to note how these are reflected in mental health.