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Improving Equity in Access to Palliative Care Cohort 2 Call for Applications

Improving Equity in Access to Palliative Care aims to improve access to palliative approaches to care with and for people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing. After welcoming 10 communities across seven provinces to participate in the first cohort starting in 2022, HEC and the Partnership are now inviting additional communities to join the collaborative.  For those who have submitted their expression of interest, full applications are due by October 25, 2023.

This collaborative helps communities implement leading and innovative practices to help people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing access palliative care when they need it most.


Communities joining this cohort will:

  • Receive funding of up to $100,000 over two years
  • Participate in learning and networking opportunities with peers, experts and Cohort 1
  • Build capabilities to implement, measure and evaluate palliative approaches to care

Throughout the program, participating communities will create and support meaningful partnerships with people with lived and living experience of homelessness or vulnerable housing, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Cohort 2 will run from April 2024 to March 2026.

What Cohort 1 communities are saying about the program

“The Improving Equity in Access to Palliative Care collaborative allowed us to hire an outreach worker dedicated to this work and connected us with a community of professionals to learn from and share resources with across the country. Together we can break down silos, use resources more effectively, and create best practices for providing more equitable care.”

Brittany D’Angelo, NorWest Community Health Centres

“With the support of our coach and all the subject matter experts provided in this collaborative, our team has been able to plan wellness clinics as a way to reach individuals who are experiencing structural vulnerabilities. These wellness clinics hosted by paramedics in community spaces will help reduce the barriers to accessing healthcare.”

Ryan Omichinski, Medavie Health Services – West

“A benefit I was not expecting in joining the collaborative but have found incredibly valuable is the opportunity to connect with other teams across the country who are doing similar or related work.  We are able to learn from their experiences and benefit from their collective wisdom to help move not only our project but also our broader palliative care services forward.”

Umilla Stead, Vancouver Coastal Health

Who should apply

HEC and the Partnership are seeking up to 10 communities to join the second cohort of this collaborative. Communities applying to join Cohort 2 should:

  • apply as a group of at least two organizations working together to improve access to palliative approaches to care for people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing (such as a social program, shelter/housing facility, community health centre or hospice)
  • be prepared to proceed to implementation during the collaborative
  • have established meaningful partnerships with those who stand to benefit from services and programming

HEC will ensure that participating communities reflect a mix of settings, geographies and populations.

 If you represent a First Nations, Inuit, Métis or urban Indigenous organization that works with people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing and would like to support better access to palliative care you are encouraged to apply.

For more information on eligibility criteria, please read the call for applications.

Apply to join Cohort 2

HEC and the Partnership are currently reviewing expressions of interest from communities interested in joining this collaborative. Communities that submitted an expression of interest are invited to:

  1. Read the Improving Equity in Access to Palliative Care Cohort 2 call for applications.
  2. Work with HEC or on your own to complete and submit a formal application by October 25, 2023. Applications may be submitted in English or French. (expression of interest must have been submitted by the September 15 deadline)

HEC will notify you of the outcome of your application by the end of January 2024.

Download the call for applications

Learn more

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