Indigenous Health Partners Program: An Integrated Health Care, Research and Knowledge Translation Initiative
In 2014, we launched our Indigenous Health Partners Program (formerly: Aboriginal Health Partners Program) in partnership with Indigenous communities to deliver innovative and culturally appropriate health solutions in some of Canada’s most remote and underserved communities. After completing a feasibility study, we affirmed that Dignitas could play a meaningful role in partnering with Indigenous organizations and communities.
We acknowledge the historical and current factors that have led to our Indigenous people to experience many challenges to their health and wellness. We support the right of Indigenous people to determine their own health needs and to have ownership of the health system that serves their communities.
Rural and remote First Nations communities in Northern Ontario experience a very high burden of diabetes, which is linked to other serious conditions. These communities face unique barriers to accessing quality health care, including limited or no road access to hospitals and specialists, inadequate numbers of community-based health care staff and a lack of culturally safe care to meet community needs.