Fireside Chat: NCCAH: Towards a Healthy Aboriginal Health Policy

From a patchwork of policies....
The event will start on: Oct 06, 01:00pm EDT
And will end on: Oct 06, 02:30pm EDT

This Fireside chat is in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Aboriginal, provincial and territorial health care systems are composed of a multiplicity of units: health providers, Regional Health Authorities, hospitals, First Nation health providers, long term care facilities, etc all engaged in the delivery of services.

In an ideal world, these units integrate the care they provide in a seamless way. Seamlessness is a recurrent theme these days, and an ideal to aim towards. In reality however, each unit works relatively autonomously, based on internal priorities, budgets and to some extent, external pressures.

What glues the system together is policy. Some exist as a result of legislations, some as a result of recognized needs and goals. For some years, indigenous health policies in Canada have been described as a patchwork. While innovations have emerged over the past two decades, large gaps nevertheless remain.

If it can be said that the current Aboriginal health policy environment fails to meet expectations, then what should a healthy Aboriginal health policy environment looks like?

In this presentation, I explore federal, provincial and territorial Aboriginal health policies as they exist today. The data collected for this paper comes from a large policy synthesis project undertaken in 2007 by the National Collaborating Centre on Aboriginal Health. I then explore current trends, strengths and gaps. It concludes with policy options.

Co-host: Donna L. Atkinson, M.A.
National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
and Aboriginal ActNow
University of Northern British Columbia

josee-lavoie-ncca1Advisor on Tap:
Dr. Josée Lavoie

Associate Professor
School of Health Sciences,
University of Northern British Columbia.

Josée also holds an appointment with the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, and is affiliated with the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research (MFN-CAHR).
Josée’s research interests focus on the policies and financing mechanisms set in place in Canada, Australia and New Zealand to support the continued development of primary health care services designed to meet the needs of populations living in marginalized situations.
Josée has been working with indigenous controlled primary health care services since 1989, and continues to work closely with indigenous health organizations at the local, regional, national and international levels.

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