News Release: The IHE releases roundtable report on diabetes and Indigenous health

The report summarizes the key themes and recommendations arising from a pan-Canadian policy roundtable hosted by the IHE on November 1, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta. The discussions emphasized the need for enhanced community engagement, and capacity building, as well as the need to build on existing best practices. Roundtable participants included Indigenous community members, Elders, clinicians (registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians), program managers, government, and researchers.

“Diabetes now affects a significant proportion of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, and has risen to epidemic proportions in many communities. There are few areas in health and social policy which require more urgent and immediate attention. We hope the lessons from this IHE Roundtable can help inform sustained efforts for action,” said Dr. Christopher McCabe, CEO, IHE.

“Partnerships such as this are an example of our commitment to finding innovative ways to improve the health of Canadians. We believe the results from this latest report will lead to positive improvements in the care pathway for the many indigenous people living with diabetes,” said Richard Mole, President and CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.

As discussed by Chief Robert Joseph at the roundtable, “Indigenous health is a perfect storm coming at us ... and so we need to develop relationships with each other so that we can begin to coalesce our energy and work together, plan together, hold each other up, and support each other so that we’re responding in the right ways ... Otherwise, we’re going to be here 50 years from now and we’re going to be 50 years older, and we’re still going to be falling behind this epidemic, this pandemic that’s happened. We can’t afford not to begin to move forward.”

The summary report and roundtable were supported, financially and/or in-kind, by the IHE and Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. Full information can be found on the IHE website, along with speaker presentations and video recordings from the event.


Rodger Craig
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