Indigenous and marginalized patients in Canada and the United States have multi-factorial barriers to accessing otolaryngology care. These barriers may include financial, social, language, cultural, and geographic. There are communities with great needs in our own backyard. We will highlight experiences and lessons learned from providing outreach at home ranging from a Downtown Eastside Otolaryngology clinic in urban inner city Vancouver, a free Chinatown Clinic in an ethnic enclave of Philadelphia, and outreach to remote Indigenous communities (BC First Nations and Nunavik Inuit). Previous successes and ongoing challenges with these outreach initiatives will be discussed. There are ample opportunities for both senior and junior CSO members to get involved with otolaryngology outreach in their own communities.
- To identify barriers to accessing otolaryngology care for Indigenous and marginalized patients in our own communities.
- To promote the idea that ‘global health’ does not require travelling abroad, as there are communities with great needs in our own backyard.
- To examine previous successes and ongoing challenges with outreach activities at home.
- To describe how CSO members can get involved with otolaryngology outreach opportunities in their own communities.
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Corresponding Author: Dr. Amanda Hu
Senior Author: Dr. Jane Lea
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