New Black health-care provider directory aims to improve access to doctors for Black Canadians – CBC

Directory to include multiple kinds of professionals including doctors, dentists, psychologists

Sep 07, 2023

A new directory of Black health-care professionals across Canada launched Thursday, and creators of the database say its goal is to help improve access to practitioners for Black Canadians who often struggle to find providers who understand their backgrounds.

The directory was created by the Black Healthcare Professionals Network, an organization founded in 2021 to advance the careers of Black professionals working in health care and engage in advocacy.

Dr. Nikolai Whyte, the network’s co-founder and managing director, says the organization wanted to launch the directory not only too increase access to providers, but to build a network between professionals.

“It helps to create an ecosystem within the Black health-care space where other providers can find each other and start to collaborate,” said Whyte, who works as a family doctor.

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