New Shared Knowledge: Interpretation & Anti-black RacismSeptember 16, 2017
The Cost of Not Providing Interpretation
An OLIP study report titled The Cost of Not Providing Health Care Interpretation in the Champlain Region has been released. The report provides an overview of the negative health and health system impacts of not providing professional language interpretation for clients with limited English or French proficiency when they use health services.
The report focuses on the current deficits or budget pressures related to health care interpretation in the six Ottawa Community Health Centres (CHCs), Bruyère Family Health Team (FHT) and at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) both over time and due to the specific impact of the influx of Syrian refugees to the region since October 2015. View the report here.
Addressing Anti-black Racism in Ottawa: Report on Community Forum
On February 23, 2017 we released a report entitled Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa in partnership with the City for All Women Initiative, This report summarizes the findings of a forum co-hosted by the two organizations in August 2016, which discussed Ottawa residents’ l experience anti-Black racism on a daily basis. The report is part of a collective effort to identify priorities and actions that advance racial equity in Ottawa. The report includes recommendations for addressing anti-Black racism cover four areas: social services (with a focus on mental health and gender-based violence); education and employment; policing and justice; and media representation.
Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson joined the report launch event and acknowledged the critical importance of paying attention to residents experiences of racism . Seven media outlets covered the event. More information on the report can be found on our website.