Building Knowledge to Improve Primary Health Care for Indigenous Peoples

 

Study Title:

Indigenous Primary Health Care and Policy Research (IPHCPR) Network in Alberta

 

Principal Investigator: 

Cheryl Barnabe – MD, MSc, FRCPC, Senior Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine and Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Cara Bablitz, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta

(Nominated PI) Lynden L Crowshoe, MD, FRCPC, Director, Indigenous Health Program, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Esther Tailfeathers, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta

Michael E Green, Rita I Henderson, Andrea Kennedy, Stephanie R Montesanti, Adam T Murry

 

Start Date:

October 2019

 

End Date:

September 2024

 

Why do this research?

The Indigenous Primary Health Care and Policy Research (IPHCPR) Network will support knowledge building to improve delivery of primary health care to Indigenous peoples. It will bring together researchers, health system partners and Indigenous community members to help define the developing knowledge area of Indigenous primary health care. This work will lead to greater self-determination and health equity with Indigenous peoples. It will also support more individuals to continue this knowledge building.

 

What will be done?

The IPHCPR Network will support researchers, health system partners and Indigenous community members to work together to improve primary health care systems in place for Indigenous peoples. This knowledge will support health care and policy that addresses issues like poverty and racism that can take away from health and wellness. It will help the primary health care system to support Indigenous people to heal and gain wellness through connecting with Indigenous knowledge.

The Network will support change in the primary health care system to improve quality and access for Indigenous peoples. It will support research that responds to the needs of the community, is based in Indigenous ethics and addresses the impacts of ongoing colonization of Indigenous peoples.

The Network will help individuals to gain skills in leading this research. It will do this by supporting training and creating ways to share information. This will include events like meetings and science cafe, as well as on-line resources.

 

Who is involved?

Researchers, health system leaders, health workers and Indigenous community members.

 
Co-Investigators:

Bert Auger, Chelsea Crowshoe, Harley Crowshoe, Marty Landrie, Angeline D Letendre, Nadine McRee, Chaneesa R Ryan, Christopher Sarin, Norma Spicer, Josephine C Auger, Janelle M Baker, Tanvir T Chowdhury, Lee A Green, Bonnie A Healy, Robert Henry, Dorothy J Konkin, Jennifer L Leason, Gabrielle E Lindstrom, Dianne P Mosher, Lara Nixon, Melissa L Potestio, Pamela Marie Roach, Judy E Seidel, Ellen L Toth, William Wadsworth, Sonja C Wicklum.

 

Funding Agency 

The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)

 

How do people get involved?

Contact Principal Investigator, Dr. Cheryl Barnabe Associate Professor, Depts. of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary Rheumatologist, Alberta Health Services ccbarnab@ucalgary.ca