Healthcare Excellence Canada welcomes new funding from Health Canada to improve equity in access to palliative approaches to care for people experiencing homelessness and vulnerable housing. This extra $2 million in funding over four years from Health Canada will allow us to support up to 20 communities to improve care experiences, access to care and health outcomes, together with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and other partners.
The Federal Action Plan on Palliative Care highlights the importance of taking action to improve access to palliative care for underserved populations. Improving equity in access to palliative approaches to care aims to help people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing receive appropriate care in a timely and safe way without discrimination, reduce emergency department visits and hospital admissions, and allow people to receive palliative care in the environment of their choice. Made-in-Canada palliative approaches to care for people with life-limiting illnesses who are also experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing are widely regarded as leading practices. Driving the rapid adoption and spread of these approaches will help to provide care closer to home and community for people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing.
Join people across Canada committed to creating measurable improvement in access to palliative approaches to care for people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing. Read the Government of Canada’s news release and apply to join the Improving Equity in Access to Palliative Care collaborative by 12 p.m. ET on October 3, 2022.