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Q&A with Leonard Benoit, Aboriginal navigator – St. Michael’s
by ahnationtalk onJune 7, 2018228 Views
June 7, 2018
Leonard Benoit is a nurse and understands how to navigate the health-care system. But for other First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, concern about stigma, discrimination and other factors can prevent them from coming into the hospital – even at the expense of their own health. Indigenous People disproportionately show rising rates of cancer and are diagnosed at a stage when it’s too late to talk about a cure.
To support these patients, Leonard became an Aboriginal navigator with the Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program, a position that supports patients at hospitals across Toronto – including St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s – as they navigate the health-care system. We caught up with him to learn more about his role and how he’s helping enhance patient experience.