Tools from the CHWC

Tools from the Canadian Health Workforce Conference


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The Canadian Health Workforce Conference showcased the following list of innovations consisting of tools, guides, frameworks, methods, approaches, strategies, centres, programs, services and policies that were selected on the basis of relevancy and potential applicability to health policy and planning: 

Innovative Tools 

The Geoportal of Minority Health

The Geoportal for Minority Health is a novel analytic tool that was developed by researcher Dr. Bouchard at the University of Ottawa and drawing upon the expertise of Mr. Bourdon from CIHI. It is a single centralized web-based geographic database that combines multiple datasets on a range of health professionals and includes data on the number of health care providers, language of services available and distances required for travel for a given geographical area in Ontario. The tool analyzes and illustrates the intersection of these data in an interactive format and has flexible functionality to view data at various levels of analysis (macro, meso, micro) to facilitate a focused and comprehensive view of health professionals in the province of Ontario. The tool shows promise for informing health workforce planning at the local, regional, provincial and national levels. Refer also to Feature Presentation in the CHWC 2014 proceedings. 

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Click Here to View the Beta Version of the Geoportal


Self-Assessment Readiness Tools (SARTS) for Internationally Educated Health Professionals

SARTS is an innovation for internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) consisting of seventeen Self-Assessment Readiness Tools that provide information about the life and practice of many Canadian health professions including competencies, knowledge and skills required for registration and practice. The tools help IEHPs determine gaps and the transferability of their knowledge and skills to practice in Canada. Although it is not meant to be used to assess competency for licensure, it is meant to provide credible information from regulators about the requirements and pathways to practice their profession in Canada so that they can then to make informed decisions prior to immigration. Refer also to CS1-4.4 in the CHWC 2014 proceedings

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Pan-Canadian Physician Resources Planning Tool

The Pan-Canadian Physician Resources Planning Tool was developed by the Physician Resource Planning Task Force of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial (F/P/T) Committee on Health Workforce that consists of a single, centralized, national access point for physician supply data that ministries of health and faculties of medicine can use to obtain a better understanding of the current and projected future physician supply. More specifically, this tool enables users to generate supply scenarios; track physician migration across jurisdictions; create interprovincial comparisons; and make projections for both rural and urban communities of Canada. Refer also to CS2-1;T1-1 in the CHWC 2014 proceedings.

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Future MD Canada Career Planning Tool

The Future MD Canada Career Planning Tool is a second tool that was developed by the Physician Resource Planning Task Force. It consists of a centralized inventory that joins together multiple data sets of current and descriptive information about every aspect of the physician educational continuum. This web-based tool is intended to inform and guide career planning and decision-making by those considering and currently pursuing medical education, in Canada and abroad. Refer also to CS2-1;T1-2 in the CHWC 2014 proceedings.

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Sex/Gender Analytic Tool

The sex/gender analytic tool can be used to assess literature and existing data on health worker migration, to inform the development of sex/gender equitable health worker migration policies and related programs. More specifically, this tool can help researchers and health workforce policy and decision-makers explore, identify and analyze potential similarities and differences between the experiences of men and women based on biological (sex) and social (gender). This tool was developed in response to growing evidence about experiences of deskilling, discrimination and exploitation of migrant health workers on the basis of sex and gender, and the implications for source country health systems, populations, families and communities. Refer also to CS2-1;T3-3 in the CHWC 2014 proceedings.

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