Vulnerable POPULATIONS

"Vulnerable populations include patients who are racial or ethnic minorities, children, elderly, socioeconomically disadvantaged, underinsured or those with certain medical conditions. Vulnerable populations are at risk for disparate healthcare access and outcomes because of economic, cultural, ethnic or health characteristics." Thus, "members of vulnerable populations often have health conditions that are exacerbated by unnecessarily inadequate healthcare".

Source: Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2013 Apr;26(2):186-92. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0b013e32835e8c17

 

This was a page our team really struggled with making. While we made efforts to include a diversity of perspectives on our other pages, we also wanted to recognize that the experience of certain populations is different when it comes to health and healthcare. 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, but we have included it to show how these particular groups experiences differ from the mainstream. We welcome any feedback with regards to this page on the Contact Us page. 

LGBTQ+ 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

 
 
 

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