Welcome to CHWConnect

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been successfully deployed around the world to address a spectrum of health needs, particularly in remote and rural communities. In Canada, CHWs are on the frontline delivering community-based diabetes care in First Nations communities.

CHWconnect encourages communities to access knowledge and lessons learned by CHWs and other health team members. Here you’ll find training modules, a discussion forum, links and other resources to help community members strengthen prevention and improve care for people living with diabetes.

Our aim is to provide the support you need to better perform this challenging role.

Our CHW Diabetes Program

Rural and remote First Nations communities in Northern Ontario experience a very high burden of diabetes, linked to other serious health conditions. The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and Dignitas International have jointly launched a pilot CHW Diabetes program aimed at helping CHWs deliver culturally-safe diabetes treatment and prevention. 

Our pilot program is taking place in four remote communities in Northern Ontaio: Kingfisher Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI), Slate Falls and Kasabonika Lake.

Map of Pilot Communities

Exercise and Traditional Foods Help Community Health Worker with Diabetes to Get Off Insulin

For more than 20 years, Community Health Worker (CHW) Sarah Winter has been serving Kingfisher Lake First Nation, an Oji-Cree community of 500 located 350 kilometers north of Sioux Lookout. Growing up, Sarah attended Stirland Lake High School, one of the last residential schools to operate in Canada. After high school she began her career […]

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