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Beyond Barriers: Photographs from the Frontlines of Health ON DISPLAY NOW

The Frontline Health Program is a commitment by AstraZeneca Canada to help improve the capacity to serve those Canadians who face barriers to healthcare.
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Canada prides itself on its universal healthcare system, however the stark reality is that millions of Canadians have limited or no access to healthcare. They are the poor and homeless, street youth, victims of domestic violence, Aboriginals, and those living with mental illness and battling addictions. Some live in remote northern areas, others in small towns and in our busiest urban streets.

This exhibition is part of AstraZeneca Canada’s corporate citizenship initiative called Frontline Health, which supports dedicated health professionals who work with Canada’s most vulnerable populations. It’s a program intended to highlight a significant healthcare issue and address a great unmet need across Canada.

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Canada prides itself on its universal healthcare system, however the stark reality is that millions of Canadians have limited or no access to healthcare. They are the poor and homeless, street youth, victims of domestic violence, Aboriginals, and those living with mental illness and battling addictions. Some live in remote northern areas, others in small towns and in our busiest urban streets.

This exhibition is part of AstraZeneca Canada’s corporate citizenship initiative called Frontline Health, which supports dedicated health professionals who work with Canada’s most vulnerable populations. It’s a program intended to highlight a significant healthcare issue and address a great unmet need across Canada.

Addressing Frontline Healthcare Concerns - With A Laundromat

"What we really do is try to improve the health of individuals who face barriers, which include poverty, social isolation, substance abuse, mental-health and physical-health issues."
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These stories and images form a narrative map of the people, organizations and communities that make up the frontlines of health in Canada.

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These stories and images form a narrative map of the people, organizations and communities that make up the frontlines of health in Canada.

Click here to view the map

How was this small town of Kelowna in Canada suppossed to help the homeless access healthcare? It would take two simple decisions; to work collaboratively and to focus on one individual at a time creates a culture shift on the frontlines.

Like so many mid-sized cities in Canada today, Kelowna has a growing number of homeless and street-involved people. With a population of just over 100,000 there are an estimated 500 absolutely homeless and 5,000 more under-housed persons in the city - and
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These stories and images form a narrative map of the people, organizations and communities that make up the frontlines of health in Canada.

Click here to view the map

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These stories and images form a narrative map of the people, organizations and communities that make up the frontlines of health in Canada.

Click here to view the map

Have a research idea to help frontline populations receive healthcare? Submit a funding application to AstraZeneca

In the spirit of the Frontline Health program's collaborative nature, consultations with leading academics have led to the Frontline Health program actively supporting or pursuing research initiatives in these critical areas.
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A critical issue for marginalized populations is the lack of healthcare providers on the frontlines. This is made worse by the rapid turnover of those who begin, but soon leave, a frontline practice. The end result? A system - already stretched thin - that is approaching the breaking point. One solution to this problem is to improve the recruitment, training and retention of healthcare providers in frontline settings. Canadian medical schools have implemented a variety of curriculum and training approaches to address this issue but many of these programs are in their infancy and are just being evaluated for their effectiveness.

Over and above training, several studies have looked at the factors that affect attraction, recruitment and retention of frontline healthcare providers (most of these studies have focused on rural and remote areas of practice). And while certain predictors of success have been identified, the broader factors are not well understood.

If you have any research ideas that will help frontline populations, we encourage you to submit a funding application here.

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A critical issue for marginalized populations is the lack of healthcare providers on the frontlines. This is made worse by the rapid turnover of those who begin, but soon leave, a frontline practice. The end result? A system - already stretched thin - that is approaching the breaking point. One solution to this problem is to improve the recruitment, training and retention of healthcare providers in frontline settings. Canadian medical schools have implemented a variety of curriculum and training approaches to address this issue but many of these programs are in their infancy and are just being evaluated for their effectiveness.

Over and above training, several studies have looked at the factors that affect attraction, recruitment and retention of frontline healthcare providers (most of these studies have focused on rural and remote areas of practice). And while certain predictors of success have been identified, the broader factors are not well understood.

If you have any research ideas that will help frontline populations, we encourage you to submit a funding application here.

How do we reach street youth, isolated seniors, the poor and homeless, immigrants or people battling addictions with healthcare? Good question - here are 3 areas to consider.

Some of the most powerful and inspirational stories in healthcare come from the frontlines. They are amazing stories that deserve a broader audience. More Canadians need to know about the issues, challenges and triumphs on the frontlines.
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Frontline Health is a program with an admittedly ambitious goal: improving the capacity of Canada's healthcare system to serve marginalized populations. Across Canada, many people are beyond the reach of our mainstream healthcare system. Some live on the margins of society. Some live far away. Some live just around the corner.

Throughout the country, there is a remarkable group of healthcare practitioners who have chosen to respond to this challenge. They are innovators, providing not only critical healthcare but health promotion and community services aimed at keeping people well.

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Frontline Health is a program with an admittedly ambitious goal: improving the capacity of Canada's healthcare system to serve marginalized populations. Across Canada, many people are beyond the reach of our mainstream healthcare system. Some live on the margins of society. Some live far away. Some live just around the corner.

Throughout the country, there is a remarkable group of healthcare practitioners who have chosen to respond to this challenge. They are innovators, providing not only critical healthcare but health promotion and community services aimed at keeping people well.

Is Canadian Health Care really available to everyone? Recent research reveals critical and pressing disparities between those who can access free health care, and those who cannot

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Frontline Health Research

The frontlines of health are extensive. They can be on busy city streets, just around the corner in our towns and suburbs, and in remote spots in Canada's far north. Add to that the remarkable diversity of the people who occupy the frontlines and you have healthcare barriers and opportunities that can be difficult to understand, much less categorize. That is where research comes in.

Research is essential for both defining and overcoming the challenges on the frontlines of health. By systematically analyzing and understanding frontline issues through various research initiatives, Frontline Health can help governments and healthcare providers develop better solutions for our marginalized populations. And, in turn, reinforce Canadian leadership in this important field.

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Frontline Health Research

The frontlines of health are extensive. They can be on busy city streets, just around the corner in our towns and suburbs, and in remote spots in Canada's far north. Add to that the remarkable diversity of the people who occupy the frontlines and you have healthcare barriers and opportunities that can be difficult to understand, much less categorize. That is where research comes in.

Research is essential for both defining and overcoming the challenges on the frontlines of health. By systematically analyzing and understanding frontline issues through various research initiatives, Frontline Health can help governments and healthcare providers develop better solutions for our marginalized populations. And, in turn, reinforce Canadian leadership in this important field.

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