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[Opinion] Acknowledge the group’s experience at its honest worth

The multiplicity of social issues addressed in this election campaign left little room to address the place of community organizations, whose important role has been confirmed in the context of the pandemic, and the conditions to support their mission.

From September 14 to 16, the Community at the Heart: dialogue around initiatives and practices during the pandemic forum mobilized key players in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The forum brought together more than 200 researchers, stakeholders and managers from academia, public health, health and social services institutions, municipalities, as well as community and philanthropic organisations.

Presentations and exchanges around experiences and research led to agreement on five key findings and two priority actions for Quebec to be implemented quickly to deal with the current context and prepare for the future.

Findings

1. The pandemic affects not only physical health, but also all dimensions of social life: economic, political, educational, employment, mental health, etc.

2. Pandemic and public health interventions such as incarceration have exacerbated inequalities and inequities and further disempowered the most vulnerable and marginalized populations and areas.

3. If the magnitude of negative collateral effects is not yet established, social-health interventions must quickly affect the social determinants of health (housing, food security, living conditions, etc.) to maintain prosperity and cohesion in the country. communities.

4. During the pandemic, community mobilization, citizen participation, and joint consultation were essential and enabled the development of adapted and innovative practices that saved lives.

5. Community organizations have been key players due to their capacity for innovation, flexibility and privileged relationships with local populations, particularly the most vulnerable. This is made possible by the government policy-recognized mission of these organizations to recognize and support community action that promotes community mobilization, public education, and civic participation.

However, this contribution of community organizations has not been fully recognised; on the contrary, organizations have weakened due to the pandemic, lack of adequate funding and manpower crisis.

The participants and organizers of the forum identified two priority actions to face the public health challenges posed by the pandemic and to prepare for other expected public health crises in the context of globalization and climate change.

Priority measures

1. In various fields of activity (health and social services, education, employment, protection of rights, reception of immigrants and refugees, housing, culture, environment, etc.).

2. Creation of consultation and cooperation mechanisms that provide conditions for the participation of community organizations representing the relevant population, especially groups in vulnerable situations, within the structures that connect local social and institutional actors.

*This text is jointly signed by:

Adina Ungureanu, Coordinator of the Immigrant Family Observatory

Aimee you

Alain Picard, Council of Hasidic Jews of Quebec (CJHQ)

Alain-Antoine Courchesne

Amir Harrate, APPR / DRSP Montreal

Anabelle Vanier-Clément, M.Sc., CoVivre Program Coordinator

Anna Bonnel, psychologist

Anne Pelletier, DePhy Montreal

Anne-Marie Paradis, Quebec Network for the Social Inclusion of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Annie Jaimes, UQAM, Professor, Department of Psychology

Ashely Wazana, MD, Assistant Professor, McGill University

Audrey Lamothe-Lachaine, professor of psychology, College de Maisonneuve, lecturer, University of Montreal

Aurélie Broussouloux, Executive Director of the Alternative and Community Network of Mental Health Organizations (RACOR) on the Island of Montreal

Bilkis Vissanjee, University of Montreal

Carol Bottger

Caroline Toupin, Coordinator, Quebec Autonomous Community Action Network (RQ-ACA)

Catherine Larochelle, Professor, Department of History, University of Montreal

Catherine Letarte, Senior Manager, Omega Community Resources

Cecilia Escamilla, Executive Director of the Latin American Family Support Center (CAFLA).

Christine Jette

Cindy Ngov, MScPH, CoVivre Program

Claire Trottier, director of the Trottier Family Foundation

Claude Pinard, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Montreal Centre

Colette Daignault-Cummings, NPO Word Exception

Daniele Salmeron, project coordinator

Delphine Van den Bossche, community organizer

Diana Miconi, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Andragogy, University of Montreal; Member of the Quebec Order of Psychologists

Dr. Christina Greenaway, Professor of Medicine, McGill University, Department of Infectious Diseases, Jewish General Hospital

Dr. Jaswant Guzder, Professor, McGill Department of Psychiatry

Dyala Hamzah, Associate Professor, University of Montreal

Elisabeth Germain, feminist and anti-racist activist

Elise Bourgeois-Guerin, psychologist

Emmanuelle Bolduc, phase 1 coordinator – CoVivre

Ève Torres, institutional and community worker

France Parent, Franciscan Oblates of Saint Joseph

Francine Hamel

Francois Krépeau, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Francois Poulin, director of the Bordeaux-Cartierville Youth Center

Garine Papazian-Zohrabian, Professor, University of Montreal

Geneviève Mercille, Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of Montreal

George Tarabulsy, School of Psychology, Université Laval, University Center for Research on Youth and Families

Gordon Blennemann, Professor of History, University of Montreal

Guillaume-Félix Boucher, Food Security Mobilization Specialist — Consolidation of La Petite-Patrie advisory desks

Habib Al Hage, IRIPII

Helène Hébert, Acting Director General of ReQIS

Henri-Paul Bronsard

Isabelle Ruelland, UQAM, Professor at the School of Social Work

Janet Cleveland, SHERPA University Institute Researcher

Janique Johnson-Lafleur, Postdoctoral Researcher, McGill University

Javier Fuentes Bernal, TS Clinique Mauve, doctoral student in social work

Javorka Zivanovic Sarenac, Clinical and Research Coordinator, Polarization Estrie Team

Jean-Marc Fontan, professor at UQAM

Jean-Sébastien Fallu, Associate Professor, School of Psychoeducation, University of Montreal

Jean-Sébastien Patrice, MultiCaf general manager

Jill Hanley, IU SHERPA Professor and Scientific Director

Johanne Collin is a full professor at the University of Montreal

Joy Schinazi, MPH, CoVivre program coordinator

Julie Desjardins Hébert, CISSSCA

Julie Laloire

Julie Nicolas, Autonomous Community Action Observatory

Julie-Anne Perrault, Deputy Director of the Group of Blind and Amblyopic People of Metropolitan Montreal (RAAMM).

Julien Prud’homme, Professor and Director of the Department of Human Sciences at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières

Justine Gosselin-Gagne

Katia Boudrahem

Krystelle-Marie Abalovi, research project coordinator / School of Public Health, University of Montreal

Lara Gautier, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Montreal

Laurence Guénette, League of Rights and Liberties

Laurence J. Kirmayer, James McGill, Professor and Director, Department of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University

Laurence Monnais, University of Montreal

Lea Coget

Liesette Brunson, UQAM, Professor, Department of Psychology

Lisa Benisty, staff member at Reward 2, an alternative mental health resource

Lisa Merry, Associate Professor, University of Montreal

Louise Giroux, Head of Educational Health Programs, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Louise Potvin, PhD, Scientific Director, Center for Public Health Research, University of Montreal and CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

Lourdes Rodriguez del Barrio, PhD, Professor, University of Montreal; Scientific Director of InterActions; ERASMUS

Luc Dargis

Malek Batal, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS, Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Health Inequalities, University of Montreal

Manon Boilly

Marie-Andrée Painchaud-Mathieu, Coordinator, Montreal Intersectoral Grouping of Community Organizations

Marie-Ève ​​Samson is a PhD student in anthropology at the UdeM and a researcher at the SHERPA University Institute

Marie-Line Audet, National Directory of Community Development Corporations

Marilou Cyr

Marjolaine Goudreau, President of RÉCIFS

Miriam Taylor, freelance researcher

Myriam Richard, PhD student, School of Social Work, University of Montreal

Myrna Lashley, Associate Professor, Dept. Psychiatry, McGill University

Naima Bentayeb, ENAP assistant professor; IU SHERPA researcher

Nathalie Godfrind, staff and support staff at Award 2, an alternative mental health resource

Nimâ Machouf, PhD, epidemiologist

Olivier Bonnet, Executive Director, Word of Excludes

Olivier Drouin, founder of the citizens’ initiative Covid Écoles Québec

Olivier Gauvin, TOMS General Coordinator

Pascal Chavannes, psychologist and psychiatry resident at the University of Montreal

Patricia Chartier, Coordinator, TROC Coalition

Paul Hayotte, PhD candidate in community psychology, UQAM

Paul-André Lévesque, Ph.D., Montreal Regional Department of Public Health

Pierrette Richard, director of Prize2, an alternative mental health resource

Rachel Kronick, MD FRCPC, McGill University

Rosita Bitogol, Project Manager — MyLumen Clinic

Hi El-Majzoub, MD, psychiatry resident, McGill University

Salome Gueidon, project manager, NewCities

Samuel Veissière, Assistant Professor of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Co-Director of the Cultural Mind and Brain Program at McGill University; ARH Clinician, Polarization Team, CLSC Parc Extension

Sasha Dyck, nurse, Parc-Extension

Serge Seguin, general manager

Sonia Hajo, BHSc, MScPH, BCL / JD Candidate, McGill Faculty of Law

Sophia Ratté, community organizer

Sophie Laquerre-Duchesne, director of the Montreal-North L’Escale Youth Center

Stephan Reichhold, Roundtable of Refugee and Immigrant Serving Organizations

Sylvie Trottier, Trottier Family Foundation Board Member

Tara Santavicca, MSc Public Health, CoVivre programme

Valerie Amiraux, Professor, University of Montreal

Vivek Venkatesh, Full Professor and Chairman of UNESCO-PREV

William Delisle, Director, Friend of the Club

Yasmine Abdessettar, CoVivre program

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