Indigenous Health Program
This program partners with Indigenous peoples, communities and key stakeholders to provide accessible, culturally appropriate health services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
Program objectives include:
- providing an effective, patient-centered approach for improving care to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and communities through specific services
- working with health zones to facilitate the development and delivery of health services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples
- facilitating accessible, culturally safe, equitable health service delivery for all First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and peoples
Also provides the following:
- cultural and spiritual support for First Nations (Status and Non-status) Métis and Inuit patients and families. Collaborates with healthcare providers around spiritual, cultural and other special needs to facilitate culturally safe and family-centered care. This role also offers a specialized mental health and addictions focus including group and individual support
- diabetes education using a holistic and cultural approach for First Nations (Status and Non-status) Métis and Inuit patients and families. Within our chronic disease mandate, the Anderson Hall clinic provides a four day, culturally-based, holistic diabetes education program, as well as 1 day follow-up appointments with the wellness team. For more information on the Indigenous Wellness Program visit Indigenous Wellness Program
- advocacy for support of Indigenous patients and their families across the continuum of care: from healthcare facilities to community services. Promotes awareness and consultation between patients, families, communities, and AHS staff
- help for Indigenous patients navigating the cancer care system in providing consistent, coordinated care and ensure they feel safe and comfortable in a clinical setting. This role also develops culturally sensitive relationships with other health care providers
Service Providers May Include
aboriginal cancer patient navigtator, dietitians, doctors, health coordinators, physiotherapists (PTs), registered nurses (RNs), social workers
Service is available to all First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Métis, and Inuit peoples who use health services in the Edmonton and North Zones.