The diversity of Alberta’s population will continue to increase significantly during the next two decades.
Evidence shows that some of the most vulnerable segments of diverse populations – Indigenous, immigrants, refugees, specific visible minorities, French speaking Albertans, and people experiencing homelessness – are disproportionately impacted by chronic disease.
Alberta Health Services and other healthcare organizations are faced with the challenge of caring for patients who experience poorer health and access barriers to health services due to a number of social determinants.
Targeted approaches are being developed and implemented that respond to the local and unique needs of diverse and vulnerable communities in Alberta.
- Patient Centred Care Through a Diversity Lens
This online course looks at providing patient-centred care to Alberta’s socially and culturally diverse population that may impact access, health and well-being of individuals and their families. Unlike traditional courses, there are no penalties for deliberately choosing wrong answers so learners are encouraged to explore several routes through the course, as well as the tools and resources embedded in the course.
- Understanding Diversity: Online Training
- A Picture of Health - Fotonovela
This fotonovela uses storytelling and pictures to guide newcomers, many with very little to no knowledge of the English language, through their journey of the primary health care system. Consider sharing this resource with your newcomer patient population.
Strategies and Frameworks
- Just the Basics - to assist health care professionals in working with this population, an Aboriginal working group has developed variations of the Just the Basics resource in Ojibwe, Plains Cree, Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun to help Aboriginal people make healthy choices – visit Diabetes in the Aboriginal Community
- Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among the Poor and Homeless – What We Know So Far
Charlotte A. Jones, Arjuna Perera, Michelle Chow, Ivan Ho, John Nguyen, Shahnaz Davachi
Curr Cardiol Rev. 2009 January; 5(1): 69–77.
- Feasibility of community-based screening for cardiovascular disease risk in an ethnic community: the South Asian Cardiovascular Health Assessment and Management Program (SA-CHAMP)
Charlotte A Jones, Alykhan Nanji, Shefina Mawani, Shahnaz Davachi, Leanne Ross, Ardene Vollman, Sandeep Aggarwal, Kathryn King-Shier, Norman Campbell
BMC Public Health. 2013; 13: 160. Published online 2013 February 21.