Immigrant Health and Cancer Screening

Beginning of initiative: April 2015

Studies show that immigrants to Canada are less likely to be screened for cancer than the non-immigrant population. The immigrant cancer screening initiative lead by a Queen’s MPH student under the supervision of Dr Eva Purkey seeks to determine screening rates for cervical cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer among the adult immigrant population at QFHT compared with the non-immigrant population. Should these rates be found to be substantially lower, as is the case in general in Canada, efforts will be made to reach this population through the implementation of culturally appropriate messaging, and outreach to community organizations, among others.

Primary Care Interventions into Poverty

Beginning of initiative: May 2015

The Ontario College of Family Physicians developed a program called Treating Poverty: a Workshop for Family Physicians. The Department of Family Medicine piloted this workshop for PGY-2 residents in May 2015, and is hoping to host it for QFHT physicians and staff as well as for community physicians in the upcoming months. DFM may partner with KFL&A to study the effectiveness of this intervention within the Kingston family medicine community.