Following up on the mandate received from its members in November 2001, the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique submitted a proposal to Société santé en français (SSF) to create a sectoral table on French-language health services in British Columbia. SSF is a nation-wide health cooperation network ensuring concerted efforts to improve French-language health services. One of its top priorities is to provide financial and technical support for the creation of networks in each province and territory where francophones are in the minority. There currently are 17 such networks in Canada. RésoSanté incorporated in January 2013.
Based on beliefs of respect, diversity, equity, and accessibility, in a spirit of partnership and dialogue, RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique supports the development, integration, and sustainability of French-language health services throughout BC. RésoSanté proposes, develops and supports the implementation of strategies; promotes French-language health services; ensures the sharing of information; promotes awareness and involvement of the francophone population; and proposes and facilitates research on French-language health services in BC.
Make-up of RésoSanté
Community representation:La Boussole, an aid agency for disadvantaged people in Vancouver, la Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique (Francophone parents Federation), the Conseil scolaire francophone (Francophone Education Authority of BC) and the Cercle des Canadiens-Français de Prince-George.
Institutional representation: One representative each from the Foyer Maillard, a bilingual care home for the elderly, and two BC health authorities Vancouver Coastal Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority.
Health professionals: Drs Brian Conway and Huguette Sansonnet-Hayden.
Educational institutions: Collège Éducacentre representing college level health training programs.
Activities of RésoSanté
- Directory of French-speaking health professionals
- French version of the Ministry of Health Services’ BC HealthGuide
- Healthy eating workshops for the pre-school and school systems
- Health education resources for the secondary school system
- Workshops and online health terminology resources for health professionals
HOW TO REACH US?
201-2929 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4C8
Phone: 604-629-1000 ▪ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org