Merck Canada Inc., Alberta Health Services and Alberta Innovates Announce Program to Address Aboriginal Maternal Mortality

MONTREAL, Dec. 2, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Merck Canada Inc., Alberta Health Services and Alberta Innovates Announce Program to Address Aboriginal Maternal Mortality

Merck Canada Inc., Alberta Health Services and Alberta Innovates are launching a program entitled Innovation to Improve Access and Care Quality for Aboriginal Women in Alberta to address maternal health needs in the indigenous communities of Alberta. With the help of a $1 million grant from Merck Canada Inc., through the Merck for Mothers program, and a $300,000 grant from Alberta Innovates, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Merck will develop a collaborative initiative aimed at improving access and quality of care for aboriginal mothers in Maskwacis, Little Red River Cree Nation and inner-city Edmonton.

(Top row, from left to right): Mr. Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton; Mr. Randy Littlechild, Executive Director, Maskwacis Health Centre; Dr. Naveen Rao, Lead, Merck for Mothers; Mr. Wayne Burnstick, Elder; Mr. Chirfi Guindo, President and Managing Director, Merck Canada Inc.; and Mr. Jason Krips, Deputy Minister, Alberta Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.

(Bottom row, from left to right): Dr. Pamela Valentine, Transition Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates; Ms. Cecilia Blasetti, Executive Director, Boyle McCauley Health Centre and Pregnancy Pathways; and Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO, Alberta Health Services.

 

SOURCE Merck Canada Inc.

Image with caption: "Merck Canada Inc., Alberta Health Services and Alberta Innovates Announce Program to Address Aboriginal Maternal Mortality Merck Canada Inc., Alberta Health Services and Alberta Innovates are launching a program entitled Innovation to Improve Access and Care Quality for Aboriginal Women in Alberta to address maternal health needs in the indigenous communities of Alberta. With the help of a $1 million grant from Merck Canada Inc., through the Merck for Mothers program, and a $300,000 grant from Alberta Innovates, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Merck will develop a collaborative initiative aimed at improving access and quality of care for aboriginal mothers in Maskwacis, Little Red River Cree Nation and inner-city Edmonton. (Top row, from left to right): Mr. Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton; Mr. Randy Littlechild, Executive Director, Maskwacis Health Centre; Dr. Naveen Rao, Lead, Merck for Mothers; Mr. Wayne Burnstick, Elder; Mr. Chirfi Guindo, President and Managing Director, Merck Canada Inc.; and Mr. Jason Krips, Deputy Minister, Alberta Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. (Bottom row, from left to right): Dr. Pamela Valentine, Transition Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates; Ms. Cecilia Blasetti, Executive Director, Boyle McCauley Health Centre and Pregnancy Pathways; and Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO, Alberta Health Services. (CNW Group/Merck Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161202_C3320_PHOTO_EN_830620.jpg

For further information: Ani Armenian, Merck Canada Inc., 438-862-2794

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