Healthcare

The newcomer healthcare report is an overview of newcomer access to primary healthcare, and health outcomes in Peel Region. The report includes literature on health challenges that appear to be more common in immigrant populations than the Canadian-born population, resources shared by key stakeholders in newcomer health and Peel specific data from Statistics Canada’s Databases: Canada Community Health Survey and the Longitudinal Immigrant Database.

The report also includes primary data from interviews conducted with
• Newcomers who access care in Peel Region
• Front-line service providers (such as doctors, nurses and caseworkers)
• Health policy makers (from the Region of Peel and local think-tanks)

The qualitative research portion of the report covers social determinants of health that newcomers feel influence their access to primary care, service use barriers that they face due to policy and structural barriers and newcomer perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary care providers and policy maker interviews then identify service delivery successes and policy and structural challenges from the provider and policy maker perspectives. This year, PNSG conducted key informant interviews for the qualitative portion of the research. The report will likely be released in the spring of 2023 due to data access delays.