Project looking for ways to improve Indigenous mothers and infants’ health through culturally appropriate interventions – Folio

Five-year research project gets $1-million federal funding boost.

A research project that is looking into how to improve the health of Indigenous women and their babies in Canada’s North through culturally appropriate, community-driven interventions got a major funding boost recently.

Sangita Sharma, the Capital Health Chair in Indigenous Health in the U of A’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry who leads the Indigenous and Global Health Group, said Indigenous women living in the Canadian Arctic have higher rates of infant and maternal mortality, as well as rising rates of chronic disease and obesity, compared with the rest of Canada.

Her team will embark on a five-year project to conduct in-depth interviews with Indigenous women of childbearing age in communities around the Northwest Territories, thanks to a $1-million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

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