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About Us

We are a member-driven, culturally-connected cooperative health care centre providing equitable health care.

 

Member-driven

 

The Umbrella Multicultural Health Cooperative delivers culturally-appropriate, equitable health care to immigrants and refugees in the Lower Mainland. Donors have helped us provide high-quality, patient-centered care to over 3,000 families.

 

We believe individuals and families should be empowered to make their own decisions about their healthcare. That’s why we have a cooperative structure of governance. Anyone who self-identifies as having language or cultural barriers accessing healthcare is eligible for membership.

 

Our members are uniquely qualified to determine the health care options most needed by their communities. A cooperative model gives voice to and builds trust and credibility with newcomer communities. It promotes a responsive and inclusive organization.

 

The fee is $1 for a lifetime membership, and 80% of our board of directors is comprised of members, protecting our community involvement in the leadership of our organization.

 

Culturally-connected

 

Cross Cultural Health Brokers are bilingual/bicultural health workers who bridge language and cultural barriers. They work with patients from their communities to access medical and social services and to empower them to make informed decisions. They support the relationship between patients and family doctors and address power imbalances in our health care system.

 

Furthermore, our CCHBs lead health promotion programs relevant to their communities to encourage healthy living and to advocate for appropriate social policies.

 

Equitable health care

 

Our members, led by the Board of Directors, work together to develop accessible, affordable, appropriate, safe, and secure health services. Our work not only guides newcomers to accessing health care, but works within health care to change the system to meet the unique needs and diverse experiences of newcomers.

 

 

Our registered charity is supported through project revenue, private donations, and grants. 

 

 

Download our membership form by clicking below.