Anishinabek Nation 2nd Annual Diabetes Conference to feature speaker Marc Hébert – Anishinabek News

March 4, 2024

CHIPPEWAS OF RAMA FIRST NATION – The 2nd Annual Anishinabek Nation Diabetes Conference, Embracing Diabetes with Knowledge and Care, will take place on March 6-7 at Casino Rama in Chippewas of Rama First Nation. Featured will be a presentation on Working Together to Improve Kidney Care by Ontario Health (Ontario Renal Network)’s Marc Hébert, Indigenous Kidney Health Lead, and Mallika Patil, Indigenous Kidney Health Senior Specialist.

“We will be presenting at the conference about opportunities to prevent chronic kidney disease and dialysis,” shares Hébert. “Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is mainly caused by diabetes [and] hypertension, both things that we’ve known have disproportionately affected First Nations people, including those from Anishinabek Nation.”

Hébert says they also want to talk about the work they are doing in the communities, what is underway to enhance services and bring services to community in partnership with community, and how they can move forward on that in the future.

“I just wanted to share some good stories about some really positive things that are happening within Anishinabek Nation communities and look towards the future of how we could collaborate more to improve the way community services are delivered,” Hébert says.

He says a dialysis patient who had received a kidney transplant will be sharing some experiences about the research and advocacy work she has done as well as her own personal journey with kidney disease.

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