On March 27 and 28, Dignitas International and the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority are hosting a Knowledge Translation and Exchange Workshop as part of the conclusion of our Community Health Worker Diabetes Pilot Project in 4 Northern Ontario communities.
Held in Lac Seul, the event will review 3 years of progress and plan for the future of our Indigenous Health Partners Program (IHPP). Participants include Community Health Workers and Health Directors from the pilot communities of Kingfisher Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI), Slate Falls, and Kasabonika Lake. Pilot project advisors have also been invited to attend.
Starting in 2014 the Community Health Worker Pilot, an important component of the IHPP, engaged frontline health workers, academic researchers, community members and policymakers from around the world:
Rural and remote First Nations communities in Northern Ontario experience a very high burden of diabetes, which is linked to other serious conditions. Each of the pilot communities we’re working in 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.
By building the skills and knowledge of local health workers, we aim to improve health care delivery and strengthen the local health system.
Backed by the success we’ve experienced since 2014, our aim is to scale-up the proven our Community Health Worker program in a phased approach so that all 33 communities in the Sioux Lookout Zone benefit from improved health service.