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Halifax, Nova Scotia: Award-winning Canadian journalists and AstraZeneca exhibit photo essay to celebrate the courage, compassion and ingenuity of health practitioners who have dedicated themselves to working with Canada's most vulnerable populations.

Canada prides itself on its universal healthcare system, however the stark reality is that millions of Canadians have limited or no access to healthcare.
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Canada prides itself on its universal healthcare system, however the stark reality is that millions of Canadians have limited or no access to healthcare. They are the poor and homeless, street youth, victims of domestic violence, Aboriginals, and those living with mental illness and battling addictions. Some live in remote northern areas, others in small towns and in our busiest urban streets.

This exhibition is part of AstraZeneca Canada’s corporate citizenship initiative called Frontline Health, which supports dedicated health professionals who work with Canada’s most vulnerable populations. It’s a program intended to highlight a significant healthcare issue and address a great unmet need across Canada.

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Canada prides itself on its universal healthcare system, however the stark reality is that millions of Canadians have limited or no access to healthcare. They are the poor and homeless, street youth, victims of domestic violence, Aboriginals, and those living with mental illness and battling addictions. Some live in remote northern areas, others in small towns and in our busiest urban streets.

This exhibition is part of AstraZeneca Canada’s corporate citizenship initiative called Frontline Health, which supports dedicated health professionals who work with Canada’s most vulnerable populations. It’s a program intended to highlight a significant healthcare issue and address a great unmet need across Canada.

Helping adolescents conquer addiction

Young people struggling with addiction had nowhere to turn until this residential treatment program began offering free help to adolescents from 12 to 18.
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These stories and images form a narrative map of the people, organizations and communities that make up the frontlines of health in Canada.

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These stories and images form a narrative map of the people, organizations and communities that make up the frontlines of health in Canada.

Click here to view the map

Building a Community Health Centre One Square Foot at a Time: The tough task of keeping health professionals in an area that's economically depressed.

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These stories and images form a narrative map of the people, organizations and communities that make up the frontlines of health in Canada.

Click here to view the map

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These stories and images form a narrative map of the people, organizations and communities that make up the frontlines of health in Canada.

Click here to view the map

Who Works on the Frontlines of Health in Canada?

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Pioneers in their own right, healthcare practitioners working on the frontlines are constantly challenged to find new and creative ways to care for the people in their communities. They are remarkable individuals: driven, dedicated and resourceful. They are often under-supported and isolated from their peers. And they certainly are not recognized for their efforts. They frequently find themselves on the margins of the system, alongside the people they serve.

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Pioneers in their own right, healthcare practitioners working on the frontlines are constantly challenged to find new and creative ways to care for the people in their communities. They are remarkable individuals: driven, dedicated and resourceful. They are often under-supported and isolated from their peers. And they certainly are not recognized for their efforts. They frequently find themselves on the margins of the system, alongside the people they serve.

Educating the next generation of frontline health practitioners in Canada

Where will the doctors and nurses come from who will be willing to work on the difficult frontlines of healthcare in Canada?
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Many Canadians are beyond the reaches of the mainstream healthcare system. They live in remote locations, small towns and in our busiest cities. They are street youth, isolated seniors, the poor and homeless, immigrants or people battling addictions, anyone who is geographically, culturally or socially isolated. Meeting their healthcare needs is a daunting challenge. Learn more …

But throughout the country there are remarkable health and social service professionals who have chosen to respond to this challenge. They work in street clinics, community health centres, inner city hospitals, mobile outreach units, solo rural practices and remote outposts, striving to make a difference where the needs are greatest and the system is stretched most thin. Learn more...

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Many Canadians are beyond the reaches of the mainstream healthcare system. They live in remote locations, small towns and in our busiest cities. They are street youth, isolated seniors, the poor and homeless, immigrants or people battling addictions, anyone who is geographically, culturally or socially isolated. Meeting their healthcare needs is a daunting challenge. Learn more …

But throughout the country there are remarkable health and social service professionals who have chosen to respond to this challenge. They work in street clinics, community health centres, inner city hospitals, mobile outreach units, solo rural practices and remote outposts, striving to make a difference where the needs are greatest and the system is stretched most thin. Learn more...

Caring For Vulnerable Populations in Canada

These stories illustrate the incredible courage, determination and resourcefulness of the frontline health workers who dedicate themselves to finding innovative solutions to the challenges at hand.
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At each of the dialogues, participants shared stories of the challenges they face in caring for vulnerable populations. But at the same time, their stories illustrate the incredible courage, determination and resourcefulness of the frontline health workers who dedicate themselves to finding innovative solutions to the challenges at hand.

Here is just a sample of the inspiring stories that were told around the tables of the Frontline Health Dialogues. To learn more, read the full reports from the Vancouver or Atlantic Canada Dialogues.

Homeless and street-involved populations
LGBT populations
Patient empowerment in healthcare
Educating the next generation of frontline practitioners
Community engagement
Innovative Approaches to Healthcare Challenges

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At each of the dialogues, participants shared stories of the challenges they face in caring for vulnerable populations. But at the same time, their stories illustrate the incredible courage, determination and resourcefulness of the frontline health workers who dedicate themselves to finding innovative solutions to the challenges at hand.

Here is just a sample of the inspiring stories that were told around the tables of the Frontline Health Dialogues. To learn more, read the full reports from the Vancouver or Atlantic Canada Dialogues.

Homeless and street-involved populations
LGBT populations
Patient empowerment in healthcare
Educating the next generation of frontline practitioners
Community engagement
Innovative Approaches to Healthcare Challenges

Frontline Health Dialogues: Atlantic Canada Dialogue

What will it take to make Canada the best in the world at meeting the healthcare needs of unserved and under-served populations?
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The third instalment of the Frontline Health Dialogue series was the Atlantic Canada Dialogue held in Halifax, Nova Scotia over two days in November 2008. As in previous dialogues, the question discussed by the twenty-five practitioners and thought-leaders in attendance was: What will it take to make Canada the best in the world at meeting the healthcare needs of marginalized populations? The group included nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers, policy makers, academics, non-profit leaders and a family physician from across the four Atlantic provinces. The event built on the proceedings of the National Roundtable on Frontline Health previously held in Ottawa, and the Vancouver Dialogue.

Download full report: The Frontline Health Dialogues: Report from the Atlantic Canada Dialogue

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The third instalment of the Frontline Health Dialogue series was the Atlantic Canada Dialogue held in Halifax, Nova Scotia over two days in November 2008. As in previous dialogues, the question discussed by the twenty-five practitioners and thought-leaders in attendance was: What will it take to make Canada the best in the world at meeting the healthcare needs of marginalized populations? The group included nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers, policy makers, academics, non-profit leaders and a family physician from across the four Atlantic provinces. The event built on the proceedings of the National Roundtable on Frontline Health previously held in Ottawa, and the Vancouver Dialogue.

Download full report: The Frontline Health Dialogues: Report from the Atlantic Canada Dialogue

Frontline Health Dialogues: Vancouver, British Columbia

What will it take to make Canada the best in the world at meeting the healthcare needs of marginalized populations?
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Over two days in June 2008, a group of 20 doctors, nurses, social workers, academics, policy makers and non-profit leaders from British Columbia came together to probe the question: What will it take to make Canada the best in the world at meeting the healthcare needs of marginalized populations? Held in Vancouver, the Vancouver Dialogue was the first in a series of regional dialogues occurring across Canada, building on the National Roundtable on Frontline Health that took place in Ottawa in June 2007.

Download full report: The Frontline Health Dialogues: Report from the Vancouver Dialogue

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Over two days in June 2008, a group of 20 doctors, nurses, social workers, academics, policy makers and non-profit leaders from British Columbia came together to probe the question: What will it take to make Canada the best in the world at meeting the healthcare needs of marginalized populations? Held in Vancouver, the Vancouver Dialogue was the first in a series of regional dialogues occurring across Canada, building on the National Roundtable on Frontline Health that took place in Ottawa in June 2007.

Download full report: The Frontline Health Dialogues: Report from the Vancouver Dialogue

Frontline Health Dialogues: Ottawa Roundtable

What will it take to make Canada the best in the world at meeting the healthcare needs of unserved and under-served populations?
Summary: 

On June 21st, 2007, the first Frontline Health Dialogue occurred in Ottawa. A group of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, policymakers, nonprofit leaders and academics from across the country spent a day together discussing the question: What will it take to make Canada the best in the world at meeting the healthcare needs of unserved and under-served populations? 

Download: The Frontline Health Dialogues: Report from the Ottawa Roundtable

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On June 21st, 2007, the first Frontline Health Dialogue occurred in Ottawa. A group of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, policymakers, nonprofit leaders and academics from across the country spent a day together discussing the question: What will it take to make Canada the best in the world at meeting the healthcare needs of unserved and under-served populations? 

Download: The Frontline Health Dialogues: Report from the Ottawa Roundtable

Overcoming Barriers to Healthcare for Immigrant Women in Toronto: Language, Culture & Long Work Days

Finding new ways to provide access to vulnerable populations is just one of many stories celebrated in Beyond Barriers: Photographs from the frontlines of health
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Beyond Barriers: Photographs from the Frontlines of Health is an eye-opening exhibit of stories and images that form a narrative map of the people, organizations and communities that make up the frontlines of health in Canada.

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Beyond Barriers: Photographs from the Frontlines of Health is an eye-opening exhibit of stories and images that form a narrative map of the people, organizations and communities that make up the frontlines of health in Canada.

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