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Dialogue Explores Frontline Healthcare Challenges for Canada

Last year, the Canadian Policy Research Networks (www.cprn.org) convened a group of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, policy-makers, nonprofit leaders and academics in Ottawa for the first of a series of dialogues to discuss the issues and challenges in delivering frontline healthcare in Canada. This groundbreaking national roundtable asked the question: What will it take to make Canada the best in the world at meeting the healthcare needs of unserved and underserved populations? Their reports from this dialogue are now available online.

Their discussion was informed by the 2006 CPRN research report, “Frontline Health Care in Canada: Innovations in Delivering Services to Vulnerable Populations.” Key themes emerging from the dialogue included: consider population diversity when developing research, policy work and service delivery models; use a common definition of terms, issues and opportunities to build collaboration and awareness and bring together practitioners; and establish a community of frontline
practitioners to share ideas, innovations and opportunities. “The Frontline Health Dialogues, Report from the Ottawa Roundtable,” co-authored by Nathalie Pierre, CPRN Acting Assistant Director, and Helen Seibel, Senior Consultant with GrantStream Inc., details the roundtable’s proceedings and key conclusions. To download or read the Ottawa roundtable report, go to www.cprn.org/doc.cfm?doc=1806&l=en.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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