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Adaptive Practices: Primary Care

Embodiment and the Meaning of the ‘Healthy Body’: An Exploration of First Nations Woman’s Perspectives of Healthy Body Weight and Body Image


Obesity and its associated health risks have been identified as areas of concern for First Nations women, however, very little is known about the cultural, gendered and historical meanings or experiences of healthy body weight and healthy body image from the perspectives of First Nations women. This article describes the first phase of a project that explores these issues from the perspective of First Nations women living in rural communities of the Battleford Tribal Council region of Saskatchewan. Read more.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis: Respiratory Health Initiatives Environmental Scan


In Canada, respiratory diseases lead to thousands of deaths each year, with costly results, and are a significant burden for Aboriginal Peoples. This report consists of an environmental scan and associated case studies of respiratory health initiatives for Canada’s three Aboriginal populations: First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The research was conducted by the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) with support from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the National Lung Health Framework.
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A Partnership Model in the Development and Implementation of a Collaborative, Cardiovascular Education Program for Aboriginal Health Workers


In Australia, a group of aboriginal health workers participated in a program aimed at increasing collaboration, skill development, cultural competence and access to mentorship and expertise. Cardiovascular knowledge scores and levels of confidence scores significantly increased for all participants over the course’s duration. Student evaluations demonstrated a desire for group-based activities and the high value placed on clinical visits. Read more.

Eye Health Programs Within Remote Aboriginal Communities in Australia: a Review of the Literature


The author conducted a literature review to determine the most sustainable and culturally appropriate ways to implement eye health-care programs within remote aboriginal communities in Australia from a primary health care perspective. Ten themes emerged: clinical practice and access, sustainability, regional-based programs, information technology systems, health worker training, self-determination, cultural and language barriers, funding body responsibilities, embedding specialist programs in primary care services and other considerations. The literature review found that the broader social determinants of health must be taken into account for eye health-care programs. Read more.

Maternal and Infant Health and the Physical Environment of First Nations and Inuit Communities: A Summary Review


The objective of this review was to examine and consolidate the available literature on environmental threats to First Nations and Inuit maternal health in order to identify priorities for future research. Read more.