CHEO to create a National Navigator Network to help newcomers to Canada

The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is launching a new project focusing on breaking down barriers faced by newcomers. This includes linguistic and cultural hurdles to accessing health care, as well as helping newcomers learn about Canada’s universal health-care system.

CHEO’s Newcomer Navigator program helps newcomers navigate the pediatric health-care system. The hospital has also created a toolkit for other newcomer-serving organizations to use to support clients who want to access health care.

The funding was announced on May 30th, by CHEO CEO Alex Munter, The Honourable David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South , and The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

The program is led by Dr. Sahar Zohni and Christine Kouri at CHEO, who along with Suelana Taha, presented the CHEO Newcomer Navigator Program on our Spark:Live webinar series in 2018. You can click here to find a recording of that presentation on our Knowledge Exchange Network.

To read the full press release from the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, click here.