To Heal in Place

Lindsay J Dorder


This poem is a creative non-fiction on the emotional and personable aspects of high health-resource use in primary healthcare, which is typically called high-cost use. This work displays that there is a critical aspect of a patient lens missing from this academic discourse, especially given the context of rural inequalities of health and deeper ties to Social and Structural Determinants of Health. In this poem, I reflect on the connections with various community leaders and patients I encountered during my fieldwork in the Renfrew County of Ontario, Canada. Rural and remote population health must be understood from a sociocultural and intersectional framework given the different historical and contemporary backgrounds of these communities in Canada.

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