The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) signed a Statement of Partnership (SOP) today at the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec.

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GATINEAU, December 12, 2013 – The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) signed a Statement of Partnership (SOP) today at the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec.  This SOP commits the AFN and FNHMA to the joint development of strategies and initiatives intended to advance and improve the health status of First Nations in Canada.

The FNHMA and AFN will address opportunities to collaborate and cooperate in the following key areas:

  • This SOP shall serve as an instrument of acknowledgement and facilitation of the Parties’ collaborative and cooperative efforts toward mutually supported initiatives in the advancement and improvement of First Nations’ health status in Canada;
  • The Parties agree to transmit to FNHMA members, AFN members and other First Nations health care professionals, information on strengthening a First Nations Health Human Resource strategy as part of the AFN’s First Nations Health Plan;
  • The Parties will seek to address under-representation and other concerns of First Nations in the health care profession such as wage parity, training and professional development, resourcing, accreditation and recruitment and retention;
  • The Parties shall share pertinent information and materials to be linked through websites and other networks; and
  • The Parties shall facilitate training opportunities for the AFN’s National First Nations Health Technicians Network (NFNHTN) based on available FNHMA curriculum.
  • The overall objective is to establish a mutually beneficial public partnership to address the under-representation of First Nations trained health professionals, as well as to address other issues of importance as identified from time to time.

FNHMA President, David McLaren, CFNHM, stated, “This Statement of Partnership for FNHMA demonstrates the commitment from our Chiefs in showing their support for the need of training and professional development opportunities for First Nations health managers.  Increasing certification at the community level will be to the benefit of delivering needs based community health services.”

AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo said, “First Nations suffer from poorer health than other Canadians.  This partnership will help to improve the overall health and well-being of First Nations citizens while at the same time building much-needed capacities so First Nations can take more authority over health services and programming. This is another example of First Nations driving their own solutions to address urgent priorities.”

FNHMA is a national voluntary not-for-profit professional association that provides leadership in health management activities by developing and promoting quality standards, practice, research, certification and professional development to expand capacity for members and First Nations.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national organization representing First Nations and citizens in Canada.

Contact Information:

First Nations Health Managers Association – Marion Crowe, CFNHM, Executive Director 613-599-6070 or marion@fnhma.ca

Assembly of First Nations Communications – Jenna Young 613-241-6789, ext. 401 or jyoung@afn.ca

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