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6 practical tips for the recrutment & retention of bilingual human resources in the health sector (Spring 2016)

The practical tips offered in this media campaign are base on the Framework for Recruitment & Retention of Bilingual Human Resources in the Health Sector from Société Santé en français et Réseau franco-santé du Sud de l'Ontario, March 2015.

6 Practical tips for the recruitment and retention of bilingual HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI)

The CFHI has been dedicated to accelerating healthcare improvement in Canada for the last decade. They  are a not-for-profit organization with collaborations across the country that include partnerships with researchers, practice leaders and front-line clinical leaders. Since their inception in the late 1990s, they have established a pan-Canadian reach and built an international reputation.

Canadian Subsidy Directory

This directory, updated on a yearly basis, provides access to over 3,000 Canadian sources of subsidies, loans and Government financing programs. This Subsidy Directory is possibly the most complete and up to date publication for anyone seeking financing. Individuals or organizations must pay a registration fee to access the information.

Community engagement

Health Nexus, Your health promotion specialist

Health Nexus produces multi-media resources on a broad range of health promotion topics, both independently and in collaboration with other organizations and experts.

Our tools include how-to guides, best practices, tip sheets and videos—and we can also link you to the latest sources in heath promotion from around the world.

Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS)

The CNFS is a Canada-wide umbrella organization bringing together 11 university and college educational institutions which deliver training programs in various health disciplines in French, as well as regional partners who facilitate and promote access to these training programs.

Evaluation of the Official Languages Health Contribution Program 2008-2012

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, March 2013

The purpose of the Official Languages Health Contribution Program (OLHCP) evaluation was to assess the relevance and performance of the Program in fulfillment of the requirements of the Financial Administration Act and the Treasury Board Policy on Evaluation (2009). The evaluation covered the period from April 2008 to June 2012.

Funding programs

Centre d'information en resources financières (CIRF), Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario /French only

Complete directory of government and private programs and subsidies available nationally and provincially.

Interventions based on best practices for chronic disease prevention and health promotion

Public health Agency of Canada

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FotorCreated

Get on the right track to diversity and inclusion!

French speaking people are an invisible minority that are not recognized by a last name alone… Let the French speaker come to you.

Clearly place the focus on your bilingual staff using these simple and effective promotional tools. These posters, pins, and promo items have been proven effective by various Ontario organizations working with Francophone Minority Communities.

The models were enhanced in response to trials and recommendations by customers and users in health care settings.
Increase your staffs’ productivity and reduce patient confusion.

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Ontario’s Policy Framework for Child and Youth Mental Health

A Shared Responsibility

As the champion of children and youth, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) has developed a policy framework to provide strategic direction for ongoing improvements over the next decade. The framework applies to all Ontario children and youth up to age 18.

Ministry of Children and Youth Services, November 2006

Project 2008-2013

As part of the call for proposals 2010-2013, $1.4 million was distributed among 12 projets of health promotion for Francophones living in Central-Southwestern Ontario. This funding came out of a $21.5 million funding envelope from Health Canada through the Contribution Program to Improve Access to Health Services for Official Language Minorities, through Société Santé en français (SSF), an umbrella organization of 17 French language health networks. SSF is working to promote the development of healthy French language minority communities across Canada.

In the table below you will find a summary of the projects that have emerged due to the support of this funding. /French only

Tableau-Projets-2010-2013 (in French only)

Project 2013-2018

Human resource strategies for sustaining the continuum of care for francophone populations in central, south-west regions of Ontario.

 

Project Summary:

A Réseau franco-santé du Sud de l’Ontario’s project conducted between January 25th and March 31st, 2013 in partnership with the Rifssso, the four French Language Health Planning Entities (Entities) and the collaboration of the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) of the region and with the support of Sultrem Inc. consulting firm.

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Expected results:

A collaborative project contributing to increase the knowledge baseline and provide a framework for targeted actions in the area of FLS. Findings and observations are based on front line service provider data captured via surveys and interviews.

Regroupement des intervenantes et intervenants francophones en santé et en services sociaux de l’Ontario (Rifssso)

Le Regroupement des intervenants francophones en santé et en services sociaux de l’Ontario (Rifssso) is a not-for-profit umbrella organization of French-speaking professionals working in the fields of health and social services. Its goal is to develop and support leadership among its members by offering them a variety of activities such as continuing professional development, networking, and so forth. In addition, Rifssso works to raise awareness within government of the challenges facing French-speaking professionals working in these fields.

THE IMPACT OF LANGUAGE BARRIERS ON PATIENT SAFETY AND QUALITY OF CARE

Final Report

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Prepared by: Sarah Bowen, PhD
For: Société Santé en français
August, 2015.

KEY POINTS


1. Significant research has been conducted on the impact of language barriers on health and healthcare, particularly over the past two decades. This research, (and several sys-tematic and critical reviews) has provided compelling evidence of the negative impact of language barriers on healthcare access, patient satisfaction and experience, as well as disparities in receipt of care between English (dominant language) proficient patients and those facing language barriers.


2. Those facing language barriers also face increased risk of medication errors and com-plications, and adverse events. The rights of limited English proficient patients to in-formed consent and confidentiality are often not protected.


3. The research on language access does not align that well with the healthcare quality and safety literature; and not all applicable research is published in commonly-cited medical journals. This may contribute to low awareness of the risks of language barriers among providers and managers.


4. Due to data limitations, limited research on impacts of language barriers has been con-ducted in the Canadian setting. However, a review of the pathways through which lan-guage barriers impact quality of care and safety indicates that much of the international research is applicable in the Canadian context.


5. In contrast to the evidence of negative impacts of language barriers on quality of care (including risk of adverse events), there is not evidence of disparities in mortality be-tween English proficient patients and those facing language barriers. This finding is not unexpected, given what is known about the pathways by which language barriers affect care quality, and limitations of methods used to investigate the impact of language barri-ers on health outcomes.


6. There are several barriers to action in addressing the risks of language barriers to quali-ty of care and patient safety: lack of awareness of current research; gaps in Canadian research; lack of language coding in Canadian data; historical framing of linguistic ac-cess as an issue of cultural sensitivity (rather than patient safety); and failure to ade-quately “translate” available evidence into healthcare action.


7. Recent research has begun to outline the complexity of pathways by which language, culture, race/ethnicity and health literacy may affect patient care.
8. Current approaches to addressing the risks of language barriers rely on the dedication and insight of individual providers rather than implementation of effective, evidence-informed strategies at the system level. This is not acceptable in light of current knowledge of effective approaches to patient safety.


9. Implications of available evidence for future research, for the SSF, and for the patient safety movement are discussed.

 

The Welcoming Community Project

maisonA community-support strategy aimed at recruiting, integrating and retaining bilingual health professionals in minority settings.

Based on the national strategic orientation set forth by la Société Santé en Français for 2014-2018 and the 16 French-language health networks. 

Respond to two of the recommendations from the Evaluation of the Official languages Health Contribution Program 2008-2012.

Support strategies for:

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Support identification of students registered in health programs who have a Francophone or bilingual secondary school graduation diploma.

Contribute to the trainee placement and community engagement efforts of health programs for Francophone and Francophile students in the four regions.

HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDERS

Encourage health service providers to approach postsecondary institutions and inform them of their requirements with regard to bilingual and Francophone trainees.

FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITIES

Help the regions promote the importance of supporting Francophone and bilingual trainees as a long-term method
of meeting the challenge of recruiting and retaining bilingual human resources
Establish reception services at the four host agencies and market them to Francophone and bilingual students in college and university level health programs in order to promote and facilitate trainee placements in the four regions.

TARGETED CAREERS

The welcoming community project targets the following professions where there is an urgent need of French professionals according to Health Canada's survey.

Nursing

Social work

Physicians

Psychology

Speech therapy

WELCOMING COMMUNITIES IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO

Region 1: Erie St. Clair / South-West region

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Centre communautaire régional de London

Founded in 1990 the CCRL is a dynamic, inclusive and unavoidable center and francophone hub.

www.ccrlondon.on.ca

Contact: Adeline Le Roy, Coordinator, sports@ccrlondon.on.ca , 519 673-1977 poste 3858  

Welcoming activities   

•Support, enrich and promote French language as well as French-Canadian and Francophone culture in the heart of London area.
•Develop and offer activities and social-cultural programs in French for a real social and community development.
•Encourage consultation and community cohesion to meet the needs of Francophones and Francophiles from various cultures and backgrounds.
Foster a welcoming community and a community engagement for all Francophones and Francophiles in the region.

Region 2:Waterloo/ Wellington and Hamilton, Niagara Haldimand Brant Regions

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Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara

Recognised provincially as a leader in making health services available to the French speaking population and to those wishing to have access to French services.

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Contact:Rachelle Anderson, Volunteer Resources Administrator,  rachelle.anderson@cschn.ca

Welcoming strategies

•Establishing a central access point to meeting students, and community needs;
•Offering assistance to find housing;
•Helping with finding and accessing all services in the region;
•Coordinating educational field trips to discover  the region;
•Connecting to social and  professional regional networking;
•Introducing  to French and bilingual organizations within the region;
•Promoting a sense of belonging through various activities.

Region 3:Greater Toronto Region

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Le Regroupement des intervenants francophones en santé et en services sociaux de l’Ontario (Rifssso)

A dynamic network assisting professionals and volunteers in the health and social service fields and supporting the community in all its diversity.

Contact: Christiane Fontaine, Executive Director,  christiane.fontaine@rifssso.ca , 1 800 265-4399         

Welcoming strategies

•Assembling and distributing "Welcome Kits" containing information on: existing services, active community groups and regional resources;
•Offering assistance for easier integration;
•Avoiding isolation by encouraging  students participation in French activities, whether social, artistic, cultural or professional;
•Creating a matching-body system with members of the intervening staff to validate and/or evaluate the acquired academic knowledge and the work done during their internship;

Region 4: York Region and its surrounding

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Association des francophones de la région de York Inc. (AFRY)

An organization with the mission of getting the French and Francophile Community to flourish by promoting a larger access to quality French services in its region.

Contact: Marie Martel, Coordinator,  mariemartel@afry.ca, 905-727-4631 extension 76550 

Welcoming strategies

•Assembling and distributing community information kits
•Organize meet and greets (breakfasts, coffee, dinners)
•Offer students opportunities and venues to present their internship project or to describe their experience within the French community. Their French exposés could be presented in schools or at career fairs, etc.

 

 

Welcoming community

 

Trillium Foundation

The Trillium foundation encourages the development of healthy and dynamic communities in Ontario, by investing in community initiatives that strengthen the capacity of the volunteer sector. Deadlines for requesting funds from the community program and the provincial program are March 1st, July 1st and November 1st.

VIDEOS ON THE ACTIVE OFFER OF FRENCH LANGUAGE HEALTH SERVICES

Le Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario (RMEFNO)

This new tool, created with funding from Health Canada through an important partnership with Société Santé en français, is designed primarily for health care professionals and providers. It aims to raise awareness regarding the importance of proactively offering quality services in French to health care recipients.

All active offer videos

 

Active Offer Introduction from Shebafilms Kelly Saxberg on Vimeo.

Active Offer of French Language Health Services in Ontario

Joint Position Statement on the Active Offer of French Language Health Services in Ontario The Regroupement des Entités de planification des services de santé en français de l’Ontario and the Alliance des Réseaux ontariens de santé en français March 2015

Health Human Resources Strategy

Wales taking interest in the Canadian HHR Strategy Framework

  Quote from Mrs Gwerfyl Roberts, Senior Lecturer, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University, Wales "I was particularly taken by the Framework (HHR Strategy) because it meant so much to us in Wales… I was able to identify so clearly with the Framework and what you were trying to do. Here was a comprehensive, evidenced-based piece of work which was very easy to read… It made an awful lot of sense to us in Wales because it’s the kind of steps that we are taking to look at the big challenge that we have in terms of workforce planning and workforce development, which of course is such a huge aspect of active offer. Unless we have the workforce there, we simply cannot make that active offer."

 WWW.HHRSTRATEGY.CA

An online platform to guides health organizations in recruiting and retaining bilingual staff to offer services in both official languages throughout Canada. This resource is currently available in English and at no cost. All resources, promising practices, and testimonials are available in English and French. Tools can be downloaded and adapted to managers and HR personnel’s needs and goals. The content will be updated regularly and is aligned with the LEADS in a Caring Environment Capabilities Framework, which is a foundational element for health leadership development in Canada. SIGN-UP TODAY:  www.HHRstrategy.ca

For additional information: HHR Overview PDF The online resource model is based on the structured six-step framework from the Health Human Resource Strategy as presented in the Framework for Recruitment & Retention of Bilingual Human Resources in the Health Sector published in 2015. This platform is funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.