AFN National Chief Congratulates Ontario First Nations on Historic Public Health Project



    OTTAWA, Jan. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine
congratulated First Nations in Ontario for achieving a unique deal that will
improve the delivery of public health services to First Nations communities in
Ontario.
    The three-year project, known as the Ontario First Nations Public Health
Initiative, will see Health Canada invest $3.7 million into public health
information systems to improve health care delivery on-reserve. The agreement
is supported by the Chiefs of Ontario, the Government of Canada and the
Province of Ontario. The agreement also commits to including extensive
consultations with 130 First Nations in the province.
    "This project is the first of its kind. It was First Nations driven and
aims at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery to
citizens living on-reserve in Ontario," said National Chief Phil Fontaine.
"Many First Nations across Canada are investigating ways to improve health
care delivery through sharing and accessing public health information with the
provinces. This new project led by the Chiefs of Ontario has created a model
of how First Nations can take initiative and move forward in partnership with
federal and provincial governments on this issue."
    The National Chief added that through the Ontario First Nations Public
Health Initiative, the Chiefs of Ontario have taken the lead on one of the
priorities outlined in the AFN Public Health Framework. He encourages the
federal government to take a similar First Nations driven approach in other
regions.
    In addition to facilitating the sharing of public health information
between First Nations and the province, the deal includes the development of a
new information system for use in First Nations communities.




For further information:

For further information: Karyn Pugliese, Heath Communications, Assembly
of First Nations, (613) 241-6789 ext 210, (613) 292-1877, kpugliese@afn.ca


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