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Providing the Providers - an initiative to improve first line dermatology care to aboriginal communities in Northern Quebec

Excellence in Education Category

Providing the Providers
  • Project leader: Elizabeth O'Brien
  • Team members: Johanne Morel, Fatemeh Jafarian, Kimya Hassani-Ardakani, Hanieh Zargham
  • Affiliation: McGill University Health Centre 
  • Location: Montreal, QC, Canada

Significant health disparities continue for Canada’s indigenous populations, particularly in the field of dermatology. Remote indigenous communities in Quebec experience a higher burden of skin disease with limited access to specialist care. General practitioners lack adequate dermatology training to address the populations’ needs and ensure compliance. We propose developing a comprehensive distance education program for primary care professionals to improve the diagnosis and management of common skin diseases and provide culturally appropriate tools for patient education. Ultimately, our goal is to improve the health status of Quebec’s aboriginal population from a dermatological standpoint and decrease morbidity from skin disease.

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