Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is excited to introduce a brand new campaign for 2016: What’s your relationship status? so we can talk about the important relationship(s) between people and their health service providers.
By health care providers, we mean any individual, institution, or agency that provides health services to health care users, so it can include but is not limited to: physicians (GPs / family doctors), nurses, nurse-practitioners, midwives, sexual health counselors, community health centers, walk-in clinics, pharmacists, or specialists. We also believe that all people supporting the work being done by health care providers, like receptionists, techs, lab workers or janitors for example, play a big role in creating the kind of space where positive relationships and interactions can flourish.
Positive relationships between patients and providers foster better health outcomes and access to services. It is important to work together toward healthy bodies, healthy communities and healthy partnerships!
For the 2016 Campaign, we had the opportunity to work with a number of incredible people and organizations, service users and service providers, to develop resources that speak to those important relationships, especially when it comes to the delivery of sexual and reproductive health care. Several of our partners joined the conversation, speaking to their experiences of what relationships with healthcare providers can look like and offering some tips of their own. The following sections are meant to start important conversations about the ways in which assumptions, stigma, or misunderstandings can enter these partnerships and how we can address some of the barriers diverse communities face when they seek our care.
This is just the beginning! The following tools are only a sampling of topics we could dive into when we talk about the importance and impact of the relationship between patients and health service providers. Have something to add? Click here to let us know!
We recognize how difficult it is to really “box” the people we see in our practices and who access our services into neat little categories. People are diverse and often navigate multiple identities! With that in mind, we encourage you to browse through all of the categories listed and get a good sense of what all sorts of people have to say when it comes to being partners in health.
Join us in working towards relationships that support healthy bodies, healthy communities and healthy partnerships!
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