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  January 2011

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Better training means better care for Aboriginal kids



Future paediatricians will be better prepared to deliver quality care to First Nations, Métis and Inuit kids once the Canadian Paediatric Society rolls out its curriculum on Aboriginal child and youth health. The training includes topics not traditionally covered by paediatric programs, such as a brief history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, health benefits, social determinants of health, and resiliency. Residents will also learn about the populations they are most likely to encounter in their particular geographic setting. Funded by the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, the program was piloted earlier this year at Queen’s University. The CPS is currently building a network of paediatricians to deliver the curriculum in each of the Canadian residency programs. The trainers will begin to deliver the curriculum in mid- to late- 2011. Contact  for more information.


New report shows a shift in health priorities for Aboriginal patients


Landscapes of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Health: An Updated Environmental Scan, released in December 2010, identifies current health priorities of national organizations working in Aboriginal peoples’ health. The report finds a “positive” shift occurring in the research landscape in Canada, indicating a more holistic approach to health. Social determinants of health often appear in peer-reviewed literature and research, as well as topics related to health promotion and prevention, and chronic and infectious diseases. The report finds mental health and addictions – both key issues identified by a number of national organizations – are beginning to receive increased attention. Visit the NCCAH website for more information.

  Attend the International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health  

Registration is now available for the 4th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health, happening March 4-6, 2011 in Vancouver, B.C. This international collaborative conference will focus on innovative clinical care models and community-based public health approaches for children and youth in Indigenous communities in the U.S., Canada, and internationally. Visit the IMICH website for more information.


NIICHRO launches children’s book about FASD


The National Indian & Inuit Community Health Representatives Organization (NIICHRO) has developed Sam’s Bear, a children’s storybook about brain development and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The story, which targets readers between 5 and 8 years old, was written to create awareness about FASD and prevention. It also shows how important love and support are for children affected by the condition. Sam’s Bear is currently available at no cost, while supplies last and as funding is available. Contact NIICHRO for more information: 450-632-0892, ext. 224.


Aboriginal Health and Intergenerational Relationships conference


The Ontario Hospital Association is holding a conference on Aboriginal Health and Intergenerational Relationships on January 17, 2011 in Sudbury, Ont. Visit the Ontario Hospital Association’s website for more information. 


New Aboriginal Program Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Ottawa U


Congratulations to Dr. Darlene Kitty, the new Aboriginal Program Director of the University of Ottawa’s Undergraduate Medical Education program. Dr. Kitty is a family physician practicing in Chisasibi, Que. She is committed to helping Aboriginal students pursue their dreams of becoming physicians and has participated in several strategies to improve recruitment and retention of Aboriginal students in medicine. She has also been involved in Aboriginal health curriculum development. Visit the University of Ottawa website for more information.


7 Ways to Make a Difference


Looking for a way to get involved? The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada’s website now features 7 Free Ways to Make a Difference. It includes information on important issues related to Aboriginal child and youth health, and directs you to resources that can help you get involved and make a difference. Jordan’s Principle and Many Hands, One Dream are both included. Visit the website for more information.


Nominations open for Lead Your Way candidates


Do you know an Aboriginal youth who is a leader, a volunteer, someone who preserves their culture or excels in school or in sports? Are they between the ages of 13 and 30? If so, nominate them as a candidate for Lead Your Way, the National Aboriginal Role Model Program celebrating the accomplishments of First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth. The deadline for nomination is March 4, 2011. Visit the Lead Your Way website or contact for more information.


Measuring child health: Breaking ground in B.C.


A joint report from the B.C. Representative for Children and Youth and B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, called Growing Up In B.C., seeks to establish a baseline of data to support policy change in child and youth health by using 30 indicators of well-being.  The report addresses issues such as youth suicide, abuse and alcohol/drug use, volunteerism, high school graduation rates, and positive connections in communities and with caring adults. It highlights ways to better understand and monitor the health and well-being of children and youth, and notes unique challenges in addressing the health of the province’s Aboriginal children. Visit the NCCAH website for more information.

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