The Montreal Children’s hospital organizes the first National Transcultural Health Conference.

Every day, multiculturalism in Canada becomes a more important issue for the health community. Linguistic barriers, health problems particular to certain communities and different ways to approach groups according to their specific cultural needs are daily issues that we have to deal with.

Our goal is to promote health and provide accessible care to all communities. To attain that, we have to share experience and knowledge. With this in mind, the Montreal Children’s Hospital, with the support of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, will host the first National Transcultural Health Conference.

 Designed for pediatricians, family physicians, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, and educators interested in culture and diversity, the event will take place on May 10 and 11, 2007. Among the featured topics will be access to health care and challenges that immigrant children have to face.

The hospital created its Multiculturalism Program, the first of its kind in Canada, 20 years ago. The program provides consultation and interpretation to members of Montreal's