Health Rights and Responsibilities
YouthHealthRights.ca - An online advocacy campaign
As a core partner of AstraZeneca Canada through its global community investment initiative, the Young Health Program, the YCRH is setting out to examine existing health rights across the country, and increase education and advocacy in the area of youth health rights and responsibilities as part of its Health Rights and Responsibilities Project.
Recognizing significant confusion surrounding the legal rights of Canadian young people related to their health, the YCRH, through the University of Toronto, conducted a detailed review of the current legal rights pertaining to health across the country to create a baseline portrait as part of the Project.
In May 2017, the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health announced the launch of the YCRH’s Health Rights and Responsibilities Project and the release of a review,
Youth Health Rights in Canada, produced in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics.
Youth Health Rights in Canada summarizes the findings of this legal review and outlines the legal rights of young Canadians with respect to health, and identifies gaps and systemic inconsistencies facing Canadian youth.
Guided by these findings, the YCRH held focus groups across the country to gain a deeper understanding of youths’ knowledge of their rights and experiences in accessing health care in Canada.
This information, coupled with the information presented in the discussion paper, will be translated into an education and advocacy platform designed to support youth health advocacy across the country, as part of our Health Rights and Responsibilities Project. Look for the online advocacy campaign in October 2017.
We invite you to stay connected with the YCRH and the Project online via our website and Twitter (@THEYCRH), and encourage you to share our updates and findings with your networks! Click here to download a project package that includes some ready-made suggested social media postings.
If you wish to get involved in the Project, please contact Alyssa Frampton.
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.