People who are non-insured due to immigration status face many obstacles and gaps in the health care system, with severe consequences for health and wellbeing. Panelists will explore these obstacles and their impacts. Presentations will also offer a ‘101’ on working with patients who are non-insured due to immigration status and possibilities for policy change.
Nadjla Banaei is currently working at South Riverdale Community Health Centre as a Client Care Coordinator, and has over 15 years of experience working in community health serving the uninsured community. The bulk of Nadjla’s experience has involved supporting individuals experiencing precarious immigration status. She has a thorough understanding of systemic barriers and social injustices faced by uninsured communities, and is passionate about the mental health and well-being of her clients. Nadjla advocates on a systemic level, while also providing intensive frontline work to reduce barriers to health care and social services.
Monika Dalmacio is a Registered Nurse and Health Coach at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, which serves immigrants and refugees in Toronto. She is passionate about advocating for equitable health care for marginalized newcomers including medically uninsured residents through her role as the Non-Insured Walk-In Clinic (NIWIC) coordinator. Her work as a Health Coach with the Health with Dignity program at Access Alliance focuses on supporting complex clients with self-management and health systems navigation.
Chelsia Watson is a 4th-year Kinesiology and Health Science student and a member of OHIP for All. This campaign is emerging from Solidarity City movements that have succeeded in passing municipal policies in Toronto and Hamilton that are meant to make municipal services eligible to all people regardless of status. In response, a Solidarity Ontario campaign is growing to push the province to expand access to provincial services, including health care. OHIP for All is a campaign to see access to health care services for all people in Ontario, regardless of status.