We are listening and we want to make it better.

Is the medical system serving patients from a cultural perspective?

We’re inviting patients and medical experts to weigh in on this question on November 16, 2017.

Patient education and access to health care remains an important topic in the medical community. We recognize and appreciate that all of you, the patients and our fellow community members, are experts in your illnesses/diseases and are well placed to share your practical and useful insights into how the delivery of healthcare might be improved for all concerned.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Kirk Kelly,  Dr. Alan Pavilanis and Seeta Ramdass


Please Share This Event With Family & Friends

Event Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 9am – 4pm. Registration at 9:00am
Location: St. Mary’s Hospital, 3830 Lacombe Ave, (corner of Côte-des-Neiges,  next to Côte des Neiges Metro) in  Auditorium (basement level)
*This is a FREE event and light refreshments will be served, but spaces are limited.
RESERVE SEATS no later than November 1, 2017, HERE.
If you wish to bring another patient / community member with you, please indicate so in your RSVP, and provide us with their contact information (email or phone number) so we can reserve a place for all who are interested.
Background: In 2016, a group of patients and professionals created a community-centered forum called Community Health Montreal (CHM) to discuss the answer to the question above: Is the medical system serving patients from a cultural perspective? We wanted to know about patients’ medical needs in the scope of their socio-cultural contexts, as we (patients, care givers and policy makers) are all affected by the socio-cultural factor. The socio-cultural factor means that all parties involved in health care have diverse values, beliefs, customs, behaviours and linguistic needs that have a direct impact on our health and well-being. In 2016, our participants (patients and health care providers) identified how a number of issues resulted in a gap in the health care system from a cultural context. In early 2017, CHM invited the public to discuss the next steps of this community-based project and we created a CHM Working Group to further this project with research and community outreach. We’re now at another important milestone as we continue to develop CHM as a community-led project. We’re having our third event on November 16, 2017, to explore patient-centered health care. The public is invited to hear guest-speaker presentations and to participate in discussion groups so CHM can identify community issues and work towards patient-oriented care.