Health Rights and Responsibilities
In the fall of 2016, the YCRH engaged the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) to establish a research base that will help shape the Health Rights and Responsibilities Project. The JCB's findings are now ready to share!
Read the Discussion Paper →
During the summer of 2017, the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH) will be travelling across Canada to speak with youth, ages 15-30 on the health rights and responsibilities of young Canadians.
We are conducting focus groups in communities across the country to gain a deeper understanding of young people’s knowledge of their rights and experiences in accessing health care in Canada. In a nutshell, we want to identify what youth know, and how to bridge the gaps that exist between knowledge, rights, responsibility, and advocacy.
Contact Alyssa Frampton for information about upcoming focus group dates and locations. We want to hear from you!
About our Project
In 2015 YCRH members identified a glaring gap in the knowledge of Canadian youth about their health rights and how to exercise them. Young people told us that they didn’t know how their access to health care was protected under the law, how this access varied across the country, and what they could do to advocate for improvements to ensure that our health system is responsive to the evolving needs of young Canadians. These gaps drove us to launch the Health Rights and Responsibilities Project.
Through the Health Rights and Responsibilities Project, the YCRH is educating, motivating and supporting other young people to advocate for change in areas of deficiency or inequity both at home and across Canada.
Phase 1: Research
Our first area of activity was to develop a baseline portrait of existing health rights and responsibilities across the country. Our project engaged the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto as our research partner to produce a Discussion Paper on Youth Health Rights in Canada. The key research findings have confirmed some of our predictions, and will help drive advocacy and action for improvements in these areas.
Presently, we are conducting focus groups in communities across the country to gain a deeper understanding of young people’s knowledge of their rights and experiences in accessing health care in Canada.
...Watch this Space!
Drawing from these insights, we are developing a website that will act as an online education and advocacy platform to address the identified knowledge gaps and to increase health advocacy by and for young Canadians. The website will act as a one-stop shop for information around health rights and resources to educate, ignite passion, and give a platform to drive change for youth health.
For more information or to get involved with the Health Rights and Responsibilities Project, please contact us.