Webinar: Understanding mental health and addiction system needs of Francophones in Ontario

Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest invites you to attend its next webinar:

Understanding mental health and addiction system needs of Francophones in Ontario: Findings from the Ciel Eclairci report

Date: December 4, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM12:45 PM EST

Register for this webinar.

Francophones are the largest linguistic minority in Ontario and, by provincial law, have special language rights. Yet, they experience substantial health inequities. “As many as 53% of Francophones living in Ontario report having no access, or very limited access, to mental health and addictions services in French.”

In 2016, the Ministry of Health commissioned the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to engage stakeholders to examine the mental health and addiction needs of Francophones in Ontario. The aim was to advance the province’s mental health and addiction strategy by looking at service gaps for Francophones in Ontario and proposing recommendations for improvement. This led to the report, Ciel Eclairci! Toward better access to French Language Mental Health and Addictions Services in Ontario.

Please join us as we discuss the findings from Ciel Eclairci. The webinar will share:

  • the context and methodology of this work
  • some key facts about Ontario’s Francophone population
  • the themes from the engagement sessions, including service gaps and access barriers
  • recommendations to improve access to care for Francophones in the province.

About the presenters

Alexandra Lamoureux has worked in mental health and addictions for over 10 years, first as a clinician serving individuals and families, then moving into roles specialized in health equity and engagement at both the community and provincial levels. She is currently the Assistant Manager of Health Equity and Engagement at CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program. Alex has a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in Community Development. She is queer-identified and Francophone.

Aliou Sene is CAMH’s French Language Services (FLS) Coordinator. In this position, he is currently helping the organization fulfill its mandate of providing FLS to members of the Francophone community. Before joining CAMH, he was the Coordinator of the Glendon Centre for Cognitive Health at York University. Aliou has coordinated numerous health promotion projects and programs at the primary care level. As Project Manager at a Regional French Language Health Network, Aliou was part of a team that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care trusted in playing a leadership role in the creation of the francophone Planning Entities, which advise Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). Aliou’s extensive experience in community development has deepened his understanding of the Franco-Ontarian population and strengthened his knowledge of issues related to health policy and equity. Aliou is an International Medical Graduate (IMG) with a Masters Certificate in Healthcare Management from York University’ Schulich School of Business, and a postgraduate Certificate in Health Equity and Diversity from the University of Toronto.

About the Organization

The Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health works with communities, service providers and other partners across Ontario to move evidence to action to create sustainable, system-level change. With offices in Toronto and across the province, PSSP is on the ground collaborating with stakeholders to build a better system through our work in implementation, knowledge exchange, evaluation, information management, health equity and engagement. Learn more about PSSP.

Learn about the HEIA Community of Interest.

Sign up for our Newsletter