DocConnect is a web-based tool that helps high school guidance counselor in assisting Canadian adolescents that are in need of a family doctor. It identifies doctors based on distance and provides print-ready application forms.
The World Health Organization has stated that the biggest threat facing adolescents has to do with mental health and wellbeing. Poverty is the single largest determinant of health and poor health is an obstacle to social and economic development. While poverty has many dimensions, poverty and health are inseparably linked. The social determinants – like education, healthcare, and child development – are of great importance to impoverished adolescents.
The adolescents that are without a designated family doctor in today’s Canada tend to have one of two commonalities: they are living in low-income communities and/or they are members of racialized groups. These adolescents face many barriers and the only way they will experience success in life is through education.
The Canada Health Act ensures that all Canadians have access to healthcare services, but systemic barriers are the reason why we still have Canadian adolescents that are living without a designated family doctor. Having adolescents across Canada that are without a designated family doctor is a matter of national urgency.
Many of the greatest innovators throughout history had humble beginnings, and they did not enjoy the comforts of silk pajamas and fuzzy blankets. The inequitable distribution of health-harmful living conditions are the result of poor social policies and programs, unfair economic arrangements, and bad politics. DocConnect has the potential to be a great equalizer and to create generational change, across Canada.
You begin by inputting your postal code. The print-ready application form is accessible below the postal code search bar.
Depending on your location, the system will generate a list of doctors nearest to you and provide you with their contact information.
"DocConnect serves as an innovative digital solution that removes barriers that are associated with acquiring a family doctor. It serves Canadian adolescents, the leaders of tomorrow."
"There is no reason for any Canadian adolescent to not have a designated family doctor."
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