McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) provides health professional education for multiple disciplines, including medicine, nursing, rehabilitation science, midwifery, physician assistant, and various graduate and undergraduate programs. As future healthcare practitioners, educators, and role models, it is essential for all FHS students to learn and understand how to provide culturally safe care to Indigenous populations in Ontario. Currently, through the Indigenous Health Initiative (IHI), the Faculty of Health Sciences is working collaboratively with internal stakeholders and community members to develop comprehensive strategic plans with the overall goal of responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Final Report Calls to Action. One of the strategic priorities identified by the IHI Education and Curriculum Working Group is the need to increase the Faculty’s capacity to teach students about Indigenous health and well-being. To ensure that all health professional students are educated about Indigenous Health and well-being, the Education and Curriculum Working Group proposed the development of comprehensive Inter-professional Indigenous Health Education Sessions in the academic year 2019/2020.
, February 7th & 8th 2020: McMaster University, David Braley Health Sciences Centre, Hamilton
In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, the Faculty of Health Science in collaboration with regional stakeholders and collaborators have developed a robust, Indigenous health education strategic plan. The education of health professionals regarding Indigenous health and well-being has been identified as a key priority. Similarly, educating the research community regarding an Indigenous research paradigm is an integral element related to health reform and has never been more relevant. As future healthcare practitioners, all health science students also need to learn and augment awareness of the socio-historical context of Indigenous health, cultural safety and anti-racism theory, and Indigenous ways of knowing related to health and well-being. The Indigenous Community Health and Research Conference will be an opportunity for our Indigenous community collaborators, students, healthcare practitioners, and Indigenous Traditional practitioners, researchers, and policy makers to learn more about these and other emerging topics.