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Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, & Accessibility (EDIA) Cross-Theme Supports for Team Primary Care

Reflection, Dialogue, Action, & Belonging: 

Addressing equity, accessibility, and social justice utilizing a social determinants of health and social accountability lens.

Our Goal

About the Team Primary Care Project

Team Primary Care - Training for Transformation is a unique and timely initiative that aims to accelerate transformative change in the way primary care practitioners train to work together. To do so, it brings together an extensive network of partners to enhance the capacity of interprofessional comprehensive primary care (CPC) through improved training for practitioners, supports for teams, and tools for planners and employers.

Team Primary Care aims to prepare primary care providers to work in teams, in tandem with the health system reforms needed to adopt the delivery of more and better CPC. Ultimately, by better preparing new and existing primary care practitioners, Canadians will have better access to equitable primary care close to home.

Team Primary Care is an initiative of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM), co-lead by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and The Canadian Health Workforce Network.

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Funded by the Government of Canada's Sectorial Workforce Solutions Program.

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Impact of Our Work

Our health system is rife with examples where health inequity and accessibility challenges have led to worse health care, problematic experiences and poorer outcomes for many Canadians. The EDIA Theme Project aim to support primary care teams to understand their contexts through humility, curiosity, listening, reflection, unlearning & relearning, and to address the inequities & challenge that impact patients & their loved ones, but also those who are working & learning within the health system.

As we look ahead, we need to support primary teams through this cultural transformation using a quality improvement approach that integrates humility-based insights into their team, tailored learning experiences, practical application, and mentorship that leads to a robust community of practice. These initial teams will then serve as exemplars and supports for others aspiring to begin this critical journey, for the health of all Canadians and those who have dedicated their lives to work within our health system.

Our Model

We are using our experience and expertise in education, change management, leadership, evaluation, and scholarship to support cultural transformation. Contact us to learn more about our projects supporting the EDIA Theme.

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Key Domains

  • Foundational Concepts

  • Indigenous Health

  • Leadership Development

  • Health Promoting Work & Learning Environments

EDIA Readiness Assessment Tool

  • Serves as a diagnostic for an individual, team or organization.

  • Identify readiness for proceeding, and areas of need.

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  • Collection of educational resources that are organized and presented in an accessible manner to support learning based on identified educational needs.

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Digital Learning & Education

  • Tailored to identified educational needs. Using a combination of asynchronous digital and synchronous educational strategies to access curated and created content on a digital learning platform.

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Project Implementation

  • Your team will identify an impactful project that seeks to address a need & integrate what they have learned to create a culture of belonging for all patients, and those working & learning within their team.


Adaptive Mentorship Network

  • Voluntary element BUT highly recommended. Help your team practically apply what they have learned to your unique context to transform your culture & sustain it. Aim to create a community of practice.

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  • Allow participants to receive credits for completing elements of the program.

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EDIA Advisory Committee

  • Input, advise, direction, and feedback from stakeholders and connected organizations.

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EDIA in Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Stream

  • Adapt and integrate this curriculum model into existing training program 

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Overall Learning Objectives

At the end of the project, participant's will:

  1. Cultivate self-awareness, empathy, humility, and a curious mindset, through a process of critical self-reflection, to address inequities in the health system.

  2. Integrate the principles of social determinants of health (SDOH) and health disparities to address equity, accessibility, and social justice challenges within the health system.

  3. Apply the qualities of humility and curiosity in leading efforts to champion the implementation of equity, accessibility, and social justice informed care practices.

Our Team

This is an amazing group of leaders and influencers in our health system and it has been an exciting experience to collaborate and journey together on this important project.

Jerry M. Maniate

EDIA Theme Lead

EDIA Advisory Committee, Co-Chair

Collaborative Healthcare & Education Lead

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Constance LeBlanc

EDIA Advisory Committee, Co-Chair

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Cassandra Barber

EDIA Readiness Assessment Tool Development Lead

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Heather MacNeill

Digital Learning Co-Lead


Marilee Nowgesic

Indigenous Advisory Circle Lead


Aimée Bouka

Training Stream Lead

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Wendy Chong

Manager, EqHS Lab

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Bukola Salami

EDIA Advisory Committee, Co-Chair

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Tamara Carver

Digital Learning Co-Lead

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Arun Radhakrishnan

Adaptive Mentorship Lead


Cristian Rangel

Evaluation Lead

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Kannin Osei-Tutu

Practice Stream Lead

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