New initiative sets the course for a focussed 10-year health research
OTTAWA and IQALUIT, NU, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona
Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, and the Honourable John Duncan, Minister
of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development today announced an
investment of $25 million in a new long-term aboriginal health research
initiative called Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples.
The Ministers also announced support for six major projects to study the
best ways for health providers to collaborate with First Nations, Métis
and Inuit to improve community wellness.
"Our Government is committed to improving the health of Aboriginal
Canadians," said Minister Aglukkaq. "To help make these projects as
effective as possible, this new research initiative requires
researchers to partner with aboriginal communities. Together they'll
figure out the most effective ways of tackling key health issues such
as suicide, tuberculosis, obesity and oral health."
At the core of the Pathways initiative is a focus on finding ways to increase and adapt existing
health research to the diverse needs of Aboriginal communities, where
values, traditional knowledge, and history vary greatly.
"Today's announcement commits long-term, stable funding that will help
drive the innovation required to improve health outcomes in aboriginal
communities," said Minister Duncan. "By focusing on collaborations
between health researchers and aboriginal communities, we will see more
meaningful health solutions that can be successfully implemented,
leading to healthier communities."
"Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is supportive of this announcement," says
national Inuit leader Terry Audla, President of Inuit Tapiriit
Kanatami." We applaud the focus on intervention-centred research to
improve health outcomes around suicide, TB, oral health, and obesity.
We look forward to ongoing engagement in this process in order to align
the Pathways initiative with the ongoing work of ITK and our Inuit
Qaujisarvingat: Inuit Knowledge Centre. We must build bridges between
health research and Inuit health priorities as defined by Inuit."
Researchers are expected to work closely with health stakeholders and
partners in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. This will allow
them to share knowledge and best practices in a respectful, cooperative
way to foster changes in health policies and practices.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency.
CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its
translation into improved health, more effective health services and
products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of
13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100
health researchers and trainees across Canada.www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca
Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples
Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples commits $25 million over 10 years to create and carry out programs that
address four critical health inequities affecting First Nations, Inuit
and Métis: suicide, tuberculosis, obesity and oral health.
Action in these areas will lead to:
Increased understanding of how to implement programs that will reduce
health inequities facing Aboriginal peoples;
Improved health of Aboriginal peoples across the four priority areas;
Better understanding of how to reduce health inequities and how this new
knowledge can be adapted and applied to other communities; and
Increased research capacity in the area of implementation science
related to the health of Aboriginal peoples and other vulnerable
All research projects that will be funded through the Pathways
initiative will be done in collaboration with aboriginal communities.
Research teams funded by Pathways will be required to include community
members as co-applicants. Community representation could be through
knowledge users (e.g., a decision maker) or traditional knowledge
holders (e.g., community elders).
Aboriginal Health Intervention Grants
Aboriginal Health Intervention Grants support research that is developed in close collaboration with
aboriginal community leaders, and has a direct, positive impact on the
health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada.
In addition to the Pathways to Health Equity research initiative
announced today, the federal government also announced six projects
that have been awarded Aboriginal Health Intervention Grants.
Total funding of these projects is $5.3 million over three years, with
$4.1 million from CIHR and $1.2 million from the Health Canada's First
Nations and Inuit Health Branch.
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
Canadian Institutes of Health Research