Health Care

Family at doctors office using sign language to communicate

  • Do people with disabilities have trouble finding a family doctor? – In 2013, CDPA researchers worked with the Health Care Connect program in Ontario to address the question of access to primary care for patients with disabilities. The program was designed to help Ontarians without a primary care provider to find one, particularly people with disabilities and chronic conditions.
  • Public consultation on the Federal-Provincial Health Accord – Based on research over the past 10 years on equity and access issues of people with disabilities in the health care system, Dr. Mary Ann McColl collaborared with Dr. Steven Christianson to submit a brief to the 2012 Senate Review Committee on the Federal-Provincial Health Accord.
  • Making primary care more accessible – Using the CDPA’s signature methodology, Dr. Mary Ann McColl collaborated with community lead Mr. Bill Adair to validate a project to enhance accessibility in Ontario’s Family Health Teams.
  • Scoping review on veteran health – Dr. Alice Aiken, along with summer student Amy Buitenhuis and PhD candidate Steve Rose conducted a scoping review of the main health challenges facing Canada’s veteran population.
  • Disability and health policy scan – Based on the methodology used in A Scoping Review of Disability Policy by McColl & Stephenson (published on this website), students working with the CDPA Health Services Team researched existing health policies at both the provincial and federal levels and examine their impact on persons with disabilities.