Reasonable Accommodation in Health Care Leads to Healthier Patients and Better Outcomes

    Transcultural Health Conference will explore ways health care facilities
    can adapt in order to better serve Canada's increasingly diverse

    MONTREAL, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Over 150 Canadian healthcare
professionals, administrators, educators and community representatives will be
in Montreal on May 10 and 11 to share ideas and explore ways the health care
system can better meet the cultural, linguistic and acculturation needs of new
immigrants and refugees. The conference Advancing Knowledge, Strategy and
Connectedness in Healthcare Across Cultures will look at such issues as:
access to healthcare, diversity in decision-making, and challenges facing
immigrant children. Some 16 speakers will share their recent research findings
and over 30 different posters outlining programs and research in the field
will be on display.
    The keynote speakers are among the leaders in their fields and include:

    - Jeffrey G. Reitz, PhD, FRSC - "Challenges of Canadian Healthcare
      Delivery to Newcomers: Risks & Responsibilities"

    - Rani Srivastava, RN, MScN, PhD - "Organizational Change: From process
      to outcome in achieving diversity"

    Other topics to be discussed are:

    - Interpréter n'est pas traduire. Modèles et aléas d'une pratique
      nécessaire pour des soins transculturels de qualité, Yvan Leanza, MPs
    - Understanding The Immigrant Experience : The Health Connection, Alice
      Chan Yip, MDCM, FRCP(S) and David Este, PhD
    - Culture and ethics in clinical care: Challenges and priorities, Fern
      Brunger , BA, MA, PhD

    The Multiculturalism Program of The Montreal Children's Hospital (MCH) of
the MUHC and partners are organizing Canada's first National Transcultural
Health Conference: Advancing Knowledge, Strategy and Connectedness in
Healthcare Across Cultures. The event is being held in recognition of the 20th
anniversary of the MCH's Multiculturalism Program. The MCH was the first
Canadian pediatric hospital to establish a multiculturalism program and
continues to emphasize "respect for diversity" with plans to expand and
harmonize existing services.

            WHAT:  National Transcultural Health Conference
            WHEN:  May 10 and 11 (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m)
            WHERE: Centre Mont Royal, 2200 Mansfield

    The media are welcome to attend the conference. Preconference interviews
    can be arranged. For more information about the conference and the
    keynote speakers, please go to the MCH website at

For further information:

For further information: Lisa Dutton, Manager, Public Relations and
Communications, The Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC, (514) 412-4307

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