A reference in first-line intervention in a multicultural setting
The CSSS de la Montagne is a University Institute with Regard to Cultural Communities. This designation involves the integration of educational and research activities into the primary care mission of the CSSS de la Montagne.
To support this university mission, the CSSS has been home to a Research and Training Centre (RTC) since 1992, better-known as SHERPA since 2013. The work, reflection and new practices developed by SHERPA, combining knowledge of the practice environment and of the academic community, are primarily directed towards adapting first-line intervention in multiethnic contexts.
SHERPA in a few dates
1992 – Creation of the Research and Training Centre of the CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges
Before the Centre was established, the CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges was frequently called upon by university researchers interested in the multiethnic characteristics of the population served by the institution as well as the services it dispenses.
In most cases, the CLSC primarily served as a field of observation and study. The research findings and benefits were rarely disseminated to administrators and service providers. However, a space was needed for proposing and developing research projects that would respond to concerns related to their interventions and to their clientele’s specific needs.
In 1992, the CLSC’s board of directors officially established the Research and Training Centre (RTC) to ensure better coordination of the research and training activities already in progress at the CLSC.
Since then, the RTC has provided a dynamic space for practitioners, administrators and researchers to interact and jointly develop research and training activities. From the outset, the RTC has specialized in adapting primary care intervention in a multiethnic context and has “in partnership” developed a research model inspired by the research in clinical sociology by E. Enriquez, R. Sévigny and J. Rhéaume.
1993 – Nomination of a first scientific director
Robert Sévigny, professor at the Université de Montréal, is nominated as scientific director of the Research and Training Centre.
1993 – Creation of the research team now known as METISS
In October 1993, the first research team is created with the aid of a start-up grant from the Conseil québécois de la recherche sociale (CQRS).
The team is co-directed by a physician of the CLSC (Dr Vania Jimenez as Chief of Family Medicine) and a university researcher (Robert Sévigny as Scientific Director). The team’s principal objective remains to develop research related to the multicultural clientele in a CLSC-university partnership model. In 2001, it adopted the name METISS (Migration and ethnicity in interventions in the health and social services).
The METISS team is composed of university researchers from a variety of institutions and disciplines, practitioners and administrators from the CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges, and partners from other CLSCs and community organizations.
1998 – The CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges acquires the status of a university-affiliated centre (UAC)
Obtaining university-affiliated centre status facilitated the integration of research activities at the CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges. By making research and education an integral part of the CLSC’s primary mission, the status was a formal acknowledgement of the growth of a research culture in the institution.
1999 – Nomination of Jacques Rhéaume as Scientific Director of the Research and Training Centre
Jacques Rhéaume, Professor Emeritus at the Social and Public Communications department at the Université du Québec à Montréal, is nominated as scientific director of the Research and Training Centre.
2001– Renewal of the university-affiliated centre status for the CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges
The university-affiliated centre status is renewed by the Health and Social services Ministry.
2004 – Creation of the CSSS de la Montagne
In 2004, as a result of the health and social services reform, the CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges, CLSC Métro and CLSC de Parc-Extension merged to form the CSSS de la Montagne. The RTC continued to pursue its mission in the expanded structure.
2007 – A new research team joined the Research and Training Centre of the CSSS de la Montagne.
In May 2007, the CSSS de la Montagne becomes home to the transcultural research and intervention team (Erit, from the french équipe de recherche et d’intervention transculturelles). Erit holds an FRSQ team grant entitled “School, culture and mental health: a relationship to reconsider in a society in transformation.”
Led by Scientific Director Dr.Cécile Rousseau, the team has taken on the principal objective of developing, evaluating and disseminating mental health intervention and prevention practices. The practices must be culturally and contextually appropriate to meet the needs of immigrant and refugee children in the schools.
2007 – The CSSS de la Montagne is designated a university-affiliated centre (UAC) for the first time
In 2007, the CSSS de la Montagne acquires the status of a university-affiliated centre (UAC) as a new institution, including the CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges, the CLSC Métro and the CLSC de Parc-Extension.
2011 – A new Scientific Director heads the RTC
In 2011, Dr. Cécile Rousseau becomes the Scientific Director of the Research and Training Centre.
The Research and Training Centre of the CSSS de la Montagne is given a new name: SHERPA. The name carries connotations of home and abroad, evoking different dimensions of migration and our work: journey, burden, strength and solidarity. Read more »
March 2015 – The CSSS de la Montagne is nominated as University Institute with Regard to Cultural Communities
The Health and Social services ministry recognies the CSSS de la Montagne as a University Institute with Regard to Cultural Communities. Read more »
April 2015 – The CSSS de la Montagne becomes part of the newly formed CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal
In the context of a reform, the CSSS de la Montagne joins eight (8) other health and social institutions to form the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. Read more »