Health Experience and Access for Refugee Claimants in Toronto

Our team looked into the facilitators and barriers to accessing health care services for Refugee Claimants in Toronto. Refugee Claimants are covered under the Interim Federal Health Plan (IFHP) which is a federally funded program. There has been found a significant knowledge gap amongst Refugee Claimants regarding their coverage and how to navigate the Ontario system. We conducted a qualitative study, using semi-structured interviews to speak to the claimants directly and understand their problem space. This led to the creation of a Knowledge translation tool, a 3 minute informational video that refugee claimants can view to understand IFHP better.

Students:

Dr. Ibrahim S. Alshaygy

MD, MHSc

Orthopaedic Oncology at Mount Sinai Hospital
Clinical Fellow

Ms. Christina Beharry

HBSc. Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science

Teaching Assistant - The University of Toronto Scarborough

Mr. Jonathan Sangjin Lee

Bachelor of Health Science, McMaster University

Mrs. Connie Putterman

BA

Founder and Visionary, Canada-Israel Autism Research Initiative- International Collaborations in Autism Research, Principal, Connie Putterman and Associates, Advisory and Advocacy in Patient/Parent Engagement in Neurodevelopmental/Autism Research, Disabilities and Inclusion, Chair, Inclusion Committee, Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto

Capstone Supervisor:

Prof. Joseph Ferenbok

PhD
Translational Research Program, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Revolutionary Translator, Director

Capstone Advisory Committee:

Shazeen Suleman

St. Michael's Unity Health Toronto

General Pediatrics

Vanessa Redditt

University of Toronto

Clara Juando-Prats

PhD, MSc, BScN

Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Associate Scientist

Health Experience and Access for Refugee Claimants in Toronto

Dr. Ibrahim S. Alshaygy

MD, MHSc

Orthopaedic Oncology at Mount Sinai Hospital
Clinical Fellow

Ms. Christina Beharry

HBSc. Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science

Teaching Assistant - The University of Toronto Scarborough

Mr. Jonathan Sangjin Lee

Bachelor of Health Science, McMaster University

Mrs. Connie Putterman

BA

Founder and Visionary, Canada-Israel Autism Research Initiative- International Collaborations in Autism Research, Principal, Connie Putterman and Associates, Advisory and Advocacy in Patient/Parent Engagement in Neurodevelopmental/Autism Research, Disabilities and Inclusion, Chair, Inclusion Committee, Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto

Our team looked into the facilitators and barriers to accessing health care services for Refugee Claimants in Toronto. Refugee Claimants are covered under the Interim Federal Health Plan (IFHP) which is a federally funded program. There has been found a significant knowledge gap amongst Refugee Claimants regarding their coverage and how to navigate the Ontario system. We conducted a qualitative study, using semi-structured interviews to speak to the claimants directly and understand their problem space. This led to the creation of a Knowledge translation tool, a 3 minute informational video that refugee claimants can view to understand IFHP better.

Capstone Supervisor:

Prof. Joseph Ferenbok

PhD
Translational Research Program, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Revolutionary Translator, Director

Capstone Advisory Committee:

Shazeen Suleman

St. Michael's Unity Health Toronto

General Pediatrics

Vanessa Redditt

University of Toronto

Clara Juando-Prats

PhD, MSc, BScN

Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Associate Scientist