A Cross Cultural Health Broker is a bilingual and bicultural health worker from the community they serve. They provide cultural context for Canadian health providers as well as patients, in addition to language interpretation.
What’s the difference between a Cross Cultural Health Broker and an interpreter?
Who can become a patient?
Anyone who self-identifies as having cultural or language barriers accessing health services.
Do I have to be a member to be a patient or participate in any programs?
No. Anyone who self-identifies as having language or cultural health barriers can access our services.
What are the benefits of becoming a member?
As a member of our cooperative, you have a direct say in how the organization is run. You can vote on any new governance policies and elect the board of directors, or run yourself.
How do I become a member?
Our membership is open to anyone who self-identifies as having cultural or language barriers accessing health services. There is a short application to fill out which you can download from our website or fill it in at our office. It cost $1 for a lifetime membership.
How do I volunteer with the Umbrella Co-op?
How is the Umbrella Co-op funded?
We are an independent, non-profit, cooperative community health centre. We support our health services with various foundation and government grants, billing revenues from our clinics, and private donations.