2013 Research Conference

Healthcare Access for Linguistic Minorities: Breaking the barriers

On Sunday, March 24th and Monday, March 25th, 2013, the McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project’s hosted a research conference entitled Breaking the barriers: Overcoming language and cultural barriers to the delivery of equitable health care services to linguistic minorities—Bringing together research and practice. The focus of the conference was to discuss the challenges encountered in attempting to address language and cultural barriers in the delivery of equitable healthcare services to linguistic minorities and to find ways to bring together research and practice in this area. The goal of the conference was to articulate the nature of the newly emerging field “the study of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural barriers in healthcare communication” by bringing together leading thinkers and scholars from various complementary disciplines.

>>> Click here for the conference program & online slideshow. To view videos and posters from the conference visit the
McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project site.

Organizing Committee

André Costopoulos,
Former Principal Investigator, McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project (2010-2013), and Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, McGill University

Norman Segalowitz,
Director, Health-Care Access for Linguistic Minorities (H-CALM) research team, and Professor, Department of Psychology, Concordia University

James Carter,
Program and Policy Advisor, Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN)

Estelle Chamoux,
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, and member of the Psychological Health and Well-being Research Cluster, Bishop’s University

Leif French,
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Eva Kehayia,
Director, Graduate Program, and Associate Professor, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University, and Scientific Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation (CRIR)

Andrew Ryder,
Director, Culture, Health and Personality Lab, and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Concordia University