Creating community-driven primary healthcare
OTTAWA, April 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare
Improvement and Mamaweswen, Northern Ontario's North Shore Tribal Council (NSTC), today announced the extension of their partnership focused on
transforming primary healthcare for NSTC's seven affiliated First
Nations and the urban First Nations population of Sault. Ste. Marie.
The new community-driven and evidence-informed primary healthcare model
will be informed by ongoing community engagement, with the ultimate
goal of ensuring optimal health is achieved and maintained by community
members. The CFHI/NSTC collaboration, launched in February 2013, emphasizes building local capacity to lead
meaningful engagement in the design and implementation of a healthcare
experience that reflects NSTC culture and values, improves service
delivery and leads system-wide transformation.
Community engagement initiatives include guided community conversations
and wellness workshops with community meals affording opportunities for
frank discussion about primary healthcare delivery in the region and
how it can be improved. CFHI has worked with NSTC to provide
facilitation training to NSTC staff and community members to enable
"Our Government is committed to promoting the health and well-being of
First Nations communities," said Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose. "We are pleased to see this initiative and its unique collaboration which
will empower residents to redesign healthcare so that it is more
culturally meaningful and sustainable."
The next steps of the partnership include the identification and initial
design of local improvement projects. Progress of the community
engagement initiatives will be showcased at a joint CFHI/NSTC interactive panel taking place at the 2014 National Health Leadership Conference in Banff
on June 3, 2014.
The final framework, with guiding principles for the new delivery model,
will be presented to NSTC's Steering Committee in September 2014.
"I am inspired by how our community members have embraced a new way of
communicating their health needs," said Gloria Daybutch, Health Director, Mamaweswen, NSTC. "CFHI's support in developing local capacity to lead the community
engagement process has been invaluable. Our continued partnership will
move this important initiative beyond conversations to the design of a
new primary healthcare model that truly reflects local values and meets
community healthcare needs."
"This partnership with the North Shore Tribal Council is a great example
of collaborating to find better ways of working in healthcare," said CFHI President Maureen O'Neil. "By listening to local communities and learning from international best
practices like the Nuka model in Alaska, we can design healthcare that
is second to none."
NSTC provides healthcare services to Batchewana First Nation (FN),
Thessalon FN, Garden River FN, Mississauga FN, Serpent River FN,
Sagamok Anishnawbek and Atikameksheng Anishinawbek in addition to the
First Nations populations of Sault. Ste. Marie.
The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating healthcare
improvement by working with provinces, territories and other healthcare
partners to promote efficient healthcare that delivers better outcomes.
With a $10 million annual federal investment, CFHI supports the
development of innovations that could save provincial-territorial
healthcare budgets over $1 billion per year. CFHI is funded through an
agreement with the Government of Canada.
Mamaweswen, The North Shore Tribal Council is responsible for delivery of health, education, administration,
financial management, economic development, employment and training
services to the seven First Nations it represents. It is headquartered
in Cutler, Ontario.
Image with caption: "North Shore Tribal Council facilitators co-delivering a community wellness workshop with staff from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. (CNW Group/Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140404_C8485_PHOTO_EN_38790.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
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