HCALM-Network

The Health Care Access for Linguistic Minorities Network

The Health Care Access for Linguistic Minorities Network (HCALM-Network) is an interdisciplinary, interinstitutional community of researchers that is part of a growing movement worldwide to understand patient-practitioner communication and its impact on the delivery of health care and social services. In particular, the network investigates communication between patients and health professionals, where the health professional has to use a second language and where this poses a potential language barrier that may compromise equitable access to health care. HCALM-Network is administered by the McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project whose objective is to render health and social services more accessible to English-speaking Quebecers for whom potential language barriers exist.

The objectives of the HCALM-Network are to:

  •  Understand the ways in which access to health care or social services by linguistic minorities may be limited by linguistic and cultural barriers.
  •  Identify and develop strategies through which identified barriers may be overcome or reduced.
  •  Increase dissemination and adoption of knowledge, strategies or best practices which can address the health concerns of minority language communities.
  •  Expand this emerging field of study.

Useful Links:

Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project: https://mcgill.ca/hssaccess/trhpp

TRHP’s Research Development Program: https://mcgill.ca/hssaccess/trhpp/research

Definitions of Quebec's English-speaking population: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-642-x/2010002/article/section1-eng.htm