Understanding Francophone Culture

Language and Health 

In its Toolbox for the Active Offer, the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) talks about how the conditions in which individuals are born, grow, live, work, and age have an undeniable influence on people's health. For linguistic minority communities, several factors, including language, can interact and must be taken into account during health interventions. To learn more about language and health, click here

Leadership and Characteristics of Working in Minority Settings 

According to the CNFS Active Offer Toolkit, working in minority settings involves a series of very particular characteristics, mainly with regards to workload and to the relationship with patients and colleagues. To increase the wish to offer health services in both official languages, it is essential to understand the importance and scope of such an offer. It is important to identify the specific characteristics and challenges of working in a minority setting. People who hesitate to ask for services in their preferred language, potential tensions between peers and the organization, and the presence or absence of implemented measures promoting and facilitating the offer of health services in the patient’s preferred language are a few examples experienced in the field. By being aware of these particularities, the health professional will be better equipped to face them.

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Source: Toolbox for the Active Offer Consortium national de formation en santé