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NAHO Celebrates International Earth Day with Launch of New Publications on Environment and Health

Ottawa (April 20, 2012) – In celebration of International Earth Day on April 22, the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) is releasing new publications on environments and health.

The environments in which we live impact our health, from the air that we breathe to the water that we drink. The First Nations Centre at NAHO is releasing population-specific fact sheets on indoor air quality and water quality, respectively. Many First Nations communities struggle with environmental health issues, such as homes in need of major repairs, mould, and boil water advisories. The fact sheets share critical health information with First Nations people on how they can make sure that their homes are safe. Download the fact sheets by visiting www.naho.ca/fnc.Also, in tribute to Earth Day and NAHO’s twelfth year, NAHO is releasing its twelfth issue of the Journal of Aboriginal Health themed “Connecting Place, People and Health”. The articles in this issue reveal how our health is influenced by where we live, and may help researchers, policy-makers, and healthcare providers think of better ways to improve the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis, both in communities and cities. Download the issue by visiting www.naho.ca/jah.

“NAHO provides critical health information to a population of 1.2 million people,” says NAHO’s A/CEO Simon Brascoupé. First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations continue to experience significantly lower health status than other Canadians. “NAHO provides these populations with the information they need to achieve better health. Although frontline healthcare services are important, health promotion and disease prevention are critical to a sustainable healthcare system.”

Finally, in celebration of Earth Day, NAHO invites First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth ages 13 to 30 to participate in the “Aboriginal Youth Art Contest on Environmental Health”. The deadline to submit art work is May 14, 2012. To learn more please visit www.naho.ca/artcontest.

The National Aboriginal Health Organization advances and promotes the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis through collaborative research, Indigenous traditional knowledge, building capacity, and community led initiatives. For more information on the National Aboriginal Health Organization visit www.naho.ca.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Trevor Eggleton, A/ Manager, Communications
National Aboriginal Health Organization
Tel: (613) 237-9462 ext. 505 / Toll Free: 1-877-602-4445 ext. 505
Cell: (613) 863-7765 / E-mail: [email protected]