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Ontario Healthcare Changes and Its Impact On Our Communities

Baldev Mutta, PCHS CEO

We met with Baldev Mutta, the CEO of the People Centred Health Services (PCHS) to get his views on the most recent changes in the Ontario Healthcare system.

He shared those thoughts and updates with us.

"Subsequent to the changes and downsizing in the funds in the health sector, three Organizations: PCHS, Indus

and Wise Elephant joined hands to send

a proposal to the Provincial Government

to set up APNA Ontario Health Team.

We are confidently looking forward for

the approval of APNA OHT which

is a new model of integrated care for

the communities and represents a

culturally responsive approach that is

served by the three organizations who

complement each other with successful

models of care and are proven leaders

in the community. APNA, if accepted

will have a geographic boundary of the GTA and will offer Integrated Culturally Responsive Care for the South Asian and diverse communities.

We together believe that each person in the community should receive culturally appropriate and relevant care specific to their expectations. We believe that providing culturally competent services is a higher form of service delivery than brining in a cultural interpreter.

In order to provide services it is important that the client worldview is understood in a given cultural context. For example, many communities have been a victim of oppressive systemic discrimination and unless the professional understands the client’s worldview it may not be possible to engage the client in treatment.

Each of our organizations provide a multitude of services which will be complimented by primary care physicians and allied health professionals. Now the wait continues as we hope that the province will recognize the need for integrated care provided in a culturally competent manner.

We Sincerely look forward for APNA OHT approval so that we stand together and continue to serve the community."

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