Indigenous people need ‘culturally appropriate’ health care, say Whitehorse conference delegates – CBC

Conference in Whitehorse discusses health care delivery for Indigenous communities

Sep 27, 2017

A conference in Whitehorse is looking at how the Canadian health-care system can better serve Indigenous people.

And delegates to the Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples’ conference — including First Nations’ community health workers and others with experience on the front lines — think there’s room for improvement.

Dr. Cara Tannenbaum is scientific director at the Canadian Institute for Health Research’s Institute of Gender and Health, one of the event’s organizing groups.

She believes what is called “western medicine” can sometimes dismiss culture, community relations, spirituality and other factors, even though those can have measurable effects on patient health and recovery.

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