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NAHO Releases Publications on How to Prevent Cervical Cancer and Promote Sexual Health in First Nations Communities

May 2, 2012

Ottawa – Cervical cancer and sexually transmitted infections rates are higher among First Nations populations compared to the general population. The First Nations Centre (FNC) at the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) is releasing new publications that better equip healthcare managers and providers to prevent cervical cancer and promote sexual health in First Nations communities.

Confronting Cervical Cancer in Your Community: A Guide for Healthcare Managers and Providers in First Nations Communities provides information on cervical cancer and its prevention through screening programs and vaccination. Download the guide and contribute to reducing the rates of cervical cancer by visiting www.naho.ca/firstnations/publications/sexual-health/.“The value of a publication like this is that it helps healthcare providers with the tremendous challenge of their jobs,” says NAHO’s A/CEO Simon Brascoupé. “Putting relevant, timely, and culturally-specific research into the hands of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers means better care and better outcomes for First Nations people.”

The 10 Things to Know About…series of fact sheets provide information on healthy relationships, sexual health, sexuality, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS, and sexual assault. Download the fact sheets and promote sexual health by visiting www.naho.ca/firstnations/publications/sexual-health/.

The guide and fact sheets are examples of how NAHO and the FNC translate the latest research into population-specific health information for First Nations populations. Health promotion and disease prevention are critical to a sustainable healthcare system. NAHO invites healthcare managers and providers to use these tools, and contribute to preventing cervical cancer and promoting sexual health.

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]