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Searching for a safe and secure future for himself and his family, Francis left his home country of Uganda in 2018 to start a new life in Canada. After arriving as a refugee, Francis was connected with Sojourn House in Toronto – a community shelter and transitional housing program that assists newcomers with their integration into Canadian society.
Refugees arriving in Canada must deal with the stressors of their refugee status, the immediacy of finding housing and employment, cultural and language barriers to be overcome, and the journey of resettlement in new communities. As a result, healthcare can easily slip down the priority life – a reality Francis experienced first-hand during his transition. Knowing he had an underlying heart condition, but preoccupied with settling in Toronto, it was six months before he could turn his attention to his health.
Click here to read how The Crossroads Clinic helped Francis get his health back on track after arriving in Canada.
Click here to view Dr. Praseedha Janakiram’s inspiring presentation on The Crossroads Clinic from Women’s College Hospital Foundation’s signature event, Women for Women’s 2020.