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[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.

We welcome and value any feedback: Contact us

LGBTQ2S+ Health

I'd rather have a living son than a dead daughter

Erica Jasper and her son, Drew Adams and their story through gender transition on WNYC's Only Human podcast

The Remedy

An anthology of stories from queer and trans North Americans and their experiences in healthcare that challenges us to imagine how to build healthy, resilient and thriving LGBTQ communities


Indigenous Health 

'You don't belong here': Integrating Indigenous cultural humility into health care

Dr. Shannon McDonald talks about systemic racism against Indigenous people in the Canadian healthcare system on CBC The Current's segment on Facing Race in Canada

“Etuaptmumk - Two-Eyed Seeing is explained [by Rebecca Thomas as] learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing ... and learning to use both these eyes together, for the benefit of all.”

Dr. Evan Adams and others: A system of wellness

Thunder Blanket is a 5-part series that explores the battle of Roxann Karonhiarokwas Whitebean, a young Mohawk mother and independent filmmaker, against breast cancer and the complexity of being a traditionalist searching for a cure in a modern world

Thunder Blanket is a 5-part series that explores the battle of Roxann Karonhiarokwas Whitebean, a young Mohawk mother and independent filmmaker, against breast cancer and the complexity of being a traditionalist searching for a cure in a modern world


Sexism in Healthcare

'Voices silenced' - systemic sexism in healthcare needs to be addressed in the North and beyond

CBC interviews Sarah Frey and other women to talk about how the healthcare system often silences women, and doctors don't always believe their pain

A Thousand Voices for Women's Health

Women's College Hospital in Toronto compiles the stories of hundreds of Ontario women to look at what women need from our healthcare system

TRIGGER ALERT: this story talks about Josh’s experience surviving a suicide attempt. Josh shares his experiences with depression and his suicide recovery from story six years ago. HeadsUpGuys is a Vancouver-based organization that aims to encourage more men to talk about their mental health

How Doctors Take Women's Pain Less Seriously

Joe Fassler reflects on the sexism his wife faced in the emergency department


Healthcare & Domestic Violence

What it's like to live with PTSD after escaping domestic violence

Several women share their stories of the long term effects domestic violence has had on their mental health


‘Fat People’ and Healthcare

Health of Newcomers to Canada

The story of Jamaican migrant worker Delroy, who has spent 6 months per year away from his family for 30 years.

The story of Jamaican migrant worker Delroy, who has spent 6 months per year away from his family for 30 years.

Newcomers to Canada living with HIV face challenges in accessing healthcare and treatment

What Happens When OHIP is Denied to Children, Youth and Pregnant Women

Stories from tax-paying Ontarian residents who have been denied OHIP due to their citizenship status


Ableism in Healthcare

Zach Anner shows us how a simple task can become much more complicated when faced with barriers to wheelchair access

Dear Everybody

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital imagines what a world without stigma for kids with disabilities could look like with stories from Zach, Gavi, Jadine and more!

 

Health in Low-Income Settings

"Unlearning" Medicine to Treat Vulnerable Patients

A physician's approach to learning more about patient's situations, as told through graphics

Street Health Stories

The stories of 28 men and women living without housing in Toronto


Racism in Healthcare

"The challenge in Canada is a failure to acknowledge the impacts of racism and white supremacist logic in health care encounters"

LaRon, a public health nurse, talks about the differences between healthcare for black communities in Canada as compared to the United States

Does the Canadian healthcare system treat everyone equally? Faiza Amin looks at the stories behind the Black Experiences in Healthcare symposium report

Does the Canadian healthcare system treat everyone equally? Faiza Amin looks at the stories behind the Black Experiences in Healthcare symposium report

'The unspoken ones': how race and culture complicate Asian-Canadians' access to mental healthcare

The Current's Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Sally Lin, Queenie Choo and Dr. Hiram Mok on CBC's Town Hall series on Facing Race in Canada


Health of People Living in Prison

The mental health crisis in Canadian prisons

Soleiman Faqiri, who died after a confrontation with prison guards, is just the latest case of an inmate with mental illness dying inside a Canadian prison

Why Do Obese Patients Get Worse Care?

Many doctors don’t see past the fat.