The University of Ottawa’s Department of Family Medicine is working to improve primary healthcare for Francophone minority populations in Ontario, with the creation of a new chair in family medicine. The partnership is a collaboration between uOttawa, the Institut du Savoir Montfort (ISM) and the Montfort Foundation.
To keep the project going, the Family Medicine Research Chair will get $2 million in funding over a ten-year period. The first million will come from both the Institut du Savoir Montfort and the Montfort Foundation ($500,000 each), while the other million will come from the Department of Family Medicine.
According to the university, the chair is the first of its kind in Ontario as it seeks to enhance the lives of all Ontarians, while paying special attention to French-speaking minority populations.
“There is a disparity in terms of access to healthcare services for Ontario's Francophone community, and the creation of a bilingual chair like this one will support research on health services and help to reduce the inequities experienced by Franco-Ontarians," says Dr. Clare Liddy, the interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine at uOttawa. "We are very proud to increase our research capacity in this way and to contribute to improving health care delivery for the general population.”
Though the collaboration is not the first time Montfort and the university have joined forces, it is the first partnership between the Department of Family Medicine and the Institut du Savoir Montfort.
“This new and unique collaboration was spearheaded by Dr. Dianne Delva, the past Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and our researchers are already helping to transform care for Canadians by working on rigorous and relevant research,” says Dr. Liddy, adding, “I am thinking in particular of Dr. Barbara Farell's work in the area of deprescribing, Dr. Kevin Pottie's research on the best recommendations and guidelines for immigrants and refugees, and Dr. Claire Kendall's promotion of primary health care for people living with HIV. This new Chair will join a team of dynamic researchers and together, they will contribute to improving the health of the population.”
For more on this initiative, visit the uOttawa’s Department of Family Medicine website.