At the University of Ottawa, the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) provides members of Francophone minority communities with improved access to health-related study programs. Our contribution translates into an expanded intake capacity in some 10 disciplines offered the Faculties of Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Medicine.
As a result, these programs enhance the presence and involvement of Francophone health professionals, who can respond to the health needs of communities in their own language and significantly contribute to their well-being and full development.
The Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) is composed of postsecondary training institutions that deliver French-language programs in various health-related disciplines.
Our mission is to ensure the implementation of an extended network of French-language postsecondary training and research. This network aims to support training institutions that provide education in the health field. In addition, it assists researchers who seek to strengthen research in the health field, particularly as it pertains to Francophone minority communities.
In compliance with authorities and responsibilities in established sectors, the CNFS relies on complementary networks and partners, such as:
- Health care institutions;
- Professional orders;
- Regional, provincial and national organizations who are engaged in improving French-language services within communities;
- Government agencies in the health sector;
- Complementary training and research networks, particularly those from the province of Québec.
The CNFS aims to improve access to French-language health services for Francophone minority communities. It achieves its mandate through postsecondary training provided to French-speaking health professionals and by supporting health-related research that focuses on such training and the needs of these communities.
In order to carry out its mandate, the CNFS has established the following objectives:
- Gain knowledge about the specific needs of communities and promote the integration of trained professionals into their home region;
- Maximise the contribution of existing institutions by deploying their training capacities;
- Foster access to new training in communities lacking these opportunities;
- Promote partnerships and collaboration;
- Facilitate and maintain liaison and concerted efforts within the network and with complementary networks.