Indigenous maternal health program aims to address inequality of health care – CBC

Researchers receive $2.6M grant to improve Indigenous maternal and child health

May 25, 2017

Researchers in Toronto have received a $2.6 million grant to bolster Indigenous maternal and child health programs in an effort to close the gaps in health care that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families.

The project, which officially launches Thursday, is called “Kind Faces Sharing Places: An Action Research Project for Indigenous Families During and After Pregnancy and Birth.” It aims to bring better health care to First Nations populations, some of which have infant mortality rates up to four times the national average.

“We must break the unacceptable cycle of Indigenous family disruption using Indigenous values and practice to deliver family and community-centred, culturally-appropriate care,” said Dr. Janet Smylie, one of the program’s partners.

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