“By putting seniors from minority communities at the heart of its mission, the lab will promote equity, diversity and inclusion in access to long-term care (LTC), and also the right to live in dignity and in good health following a well-deserved retirement. This initiative is in keeping with the University of Ottawa’s first Interdisciplinary Centre for Black Health and will foster close ties with the Centre,” explained the director of HEAL, Idrissa Beogo, who is also an assistant professor at the School of Nursing at uOttawa’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
HEAL aims to bridge the disparities in health and well-being between the poorest and the richest seniors. The initiative will focus on health equity by ensuring that actions are tailored to the specific needs of seniors from the most vulnerable groups, including those from poor, Indigenous, LGBTQ+ , and minority communities.
“By putting seniors from minority communities at the heart of its mission, the lab will promote equity, diversity and inclusion in access to long-term care (LTC), and also the right to live in dignity...”
— Assistant Professor at UO's School of Nursing & HEAL Director
“HEAL is the only research centre of its kind in Canada; it is wholly dedicated to equitable long-term care in light of an aging, multicultural Canadian population. The lab will serve to maximize the development of best practices for long-term care that is tailored to ethnicity for Canadian seniors from minority groups,” Professor Beogo stated.
The lab’s scientific objectives are to generate knowledge through research into home- and facility-based ethnospecific LTC in order to better equip decision makers, workers and clients; to ensure the ongoing development of cutting-edge expertise in challenges related to the provision of, and access to, ethnospecific LTC; and to promote student competition and education in the area of ethnospecific LTC.
This lab aims to deliver innovative measures that eliminate inequalities in health care delivery so that seniors can live healthy and active lives.