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Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op (MCHB) began 24 years ago to support Edmonton’s newcomers. The goal was to enhance the health and well-being of families, and foster their efforts at building community so they could thrive, and actively contribute to society. Our cultural brokers are from immigrant communities, and know first hand the social, economic, and language difficulties that immigrants and refugees face. This places us in a unique position to bridge the gap between newcomer families and Canadian society.

After the initial settlement period, it is the medium and long-term adjustment that is critical for immigrant and refugee integration.  MCHB helps this process through our various programs, from peri-natal health, to youth initiatives to seniors outreach. MCHB:

  • Supports 16% of all births in the Edmonton region
  • Serves 23 cultural/language communities
  • Offers inter-cultural competency trainings for government organizations, service providers, and companies
  • Supports culturally-responsive practice and policy development in government and community organizations
  • Focuses on prevention, and broad determinants of health
  • Offers holistic supports – working with families in a manner that respects their individual strengths, challenges and circumstances.


MCHB Co-op hosts “Artist in Residence” Canadian-Brazilian filmmaker Julio Munhoz 

From May to November 2016, with the support of the Edmonton Arts Council, Chronopia Communications, and the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, the MHB Co-op will be hosting Canadian-Brazilian filmmaker Julio Munhoz during his “Artist in Residence Program”.

Julio MunhozDuring this period Julio will be developing his own creative work, as well as helping us to develop basic film capacity within our organization.

Julio will be sharing updates on this project on the MCHB Artist in Residence News Facebook page!  Please take a moment to visit the page and see what’s new, view some of our creative work and photos.

Julio Munhoz is a film director and producer with a keen interest in documentaries and art films, directing, producing and creating independent film and television projects. He studied film at FAAP University, Faculty of Communication, São Paulo, Brazil; physics and geography at UFRGS University, Brazil; and holds a bachelor of General Studies in Arts and Sciences through Athabasca University, Canada. Julio has written and directed documentary, animation, drama, and corporate films, some of which have been awarded and exhibited in film festivals such as Gramado International Film Festival (Brazil), Amiens Film Festival (France), Tokyo Video Festival (Japan), and Faro International Film Festival (Portugal). He also dedicates time to film education, creating and coordinating film courses to film education organizations. More information: www.chronopia.ca


“Diverse Women” – Interview with Arlyn Jones.
The film project “Diverse women: weaving a new intercultural social fabric” will dive into the universe of singular Edmontonian women, telling their unique stories of persistence and courage, their love for life and humankind, and their deep faith in humanity. A stimulating film about immigrant visionary leaders and the positive impact on social change and community empowerment taking place right now in our city. (This project is currently under development.) Click to watch the video.


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