Canadian Family Physician Cover Stories 2017 – NCCAH

The importance of partnerships and building relationships

Dr. Sarah de Leeuw has been writing a series of monthly cover stories for Canadian Family Physician (CFP) since 2016. These stories feature anecdotes and real world examples of initiatives being undertaken by physicians across Canada who are making a difference in how health care services and programs are delivered, especially in rural, remote, northern and Indigenous communities. Over this past year, she has touched on a wide range of topics, including: how the performance of family practice should be measured, in ways that balance doctors’ and patients’ expectations and maintain harmony (November); actions to address racism and discrimination within health practice (October) and in educational settings for Indigenous students in health fields (June); actions to address environmental determinants of health, including advocacy to bring water safety issues into the realm of public health in Newfoundland (August) and to mitigate environmental impacts of healthcare facilities on human health (April); initiatives to improve the quality of health services by breaking down elitist ideals about medicine (May), recognizing the humanity in all individuals (February), and valuing and integrating different ways of knowing in medicine and health care practices (January); and improving health outcomes for patients through increasing health literacy (March) and ensuring family practitioners have access to evidence that is relevant to their patients and practice (September). She concludes this year’s series with a piece highlighting the important and diverse roles family physicians take on to promote health and well-being, especially for marginalized populations, including as educators, researchers, advocates, artists, social justice activists and innovators (December).

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