[The term] “‘under-served' places the explanatory burden for the differences in health not within a group (e.g., vulnerable) but on Canadian society” (Arya & Piggot, 2018).
We use the term “under-served” as a reminder that most health disparities are not due to inherent vulnerabilities of individual or groups, but flow from lack of appropriate and sensitive service provision. This terminology prompts us to consider why particular groups are under-served, and orients us towards our duty to change this system.
We direct you to this important book, which questions frequently used terms we ourselves have employed in previous iterations of this page. We welcome your reflections as we simultaneously revisit and critique our own language.
This page was the subject of much reflection and discussion on the part of our team. While a diversity of perspectives is rightfully included throughout this resource, we also wanted to create a dedicated space to recognize that due to systemic and societal failures, certain groups face unique challenges navigating the healthcare system.
Like with our other pages, we recognize that this page is not an exhaustive or complete list of perspectives, nor do the groupings represent mutually exclusive categories.
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