Improving Equity in Access to Palliative Care

Improving Equity in Access to Palliative Care is a new partnership focused on improving access to palliative approaches to care with and for people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing. Starting in fall 2022, Healthcare Excellence Canada and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer will support up to 20 communities over four years to improve care experiences, access to care and health outcomes.

Mainstream models of palliative care often fail to consider the unique challenges and barriers that people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing face. This can make it harder for them to access this type of care when they need it most. Improving equity in access to palliative approaches to care can: 

  • Ensure care is delivered in a safe and timely way 
  • Reduce emergency department visits and hospital admissions 
  • Allow people to receive care with dignity in the environment of their choice  

Applications for the Improving Equity in Access to Palliative Care collaborative are currently being reviewed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of November 2022. For more information about the review process or your application, please contact IEAPC-AEASP@hec-esc.ca. We look forward to sharing more information on the successful applicants and their work in the coming months.

Communities participating in the first cohort of the program will:  

  • Receive funding of up to $100,000 over four years   
  • Participate in learning and networking opportunities with peers and experts  
  • Build capabilities to implement, measure and evaluate palliative care solutions and approaches 
  • Create and support meaningful partnerships with people with lived and living experience of homelessness or vulnerable housing, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities   
  • Guide and inform the development of resources to support strategic partnerships and improve equity in access to palliative approaches to care 

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