In 2014, the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) and Dignitas International (DI) launched a partnership to support First Nations-led health care solutions for people living in remote Sioux Lookout Area (SLA) communities. Drawing upon the complementary experience and knowledge of both organizations, SLFNHA and DI jointly designed and are currently implementing a community health worker (CHW) pilot program in four communities in the SLA.
This program aims to strengthen community-based diabetes care in remote communities that experience exceedingly high rates of type 2 diabetes and high turnover of fly-in health professionals. By training and empowering CHWs to play an active role in patient care, community members living with type 2 diabetes will experience better continuity of care and targeted support to manage their condition and prevent the most traumatic diabetes complications, including hypertension, amputations, kidney failure, heart attacks and stroke.
About Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) serves 33 First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout region in Ontario, Canada. Mandated by the leadership in these communities, SLFNHA is dedicated to strengthening First Nations by contributing in unique ways to a strong health system for the Anishinabe. This health system has many parts: First Nations with their primary responsibility for their people’s health; the secondary responsibilities of the Tribal Councils; the on-going Treaty responsibilities of the Government of Canada; and the support of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and other health organizations. For more information, please visit slfnha.com.
About Dignitas International
Dignitas International is a medical and research organization dedicated to improving health care for people facing a high burden of disease and unequal access to services. We believe that good health care is powered by people and by science. We are committed to improving health care, both locally and globally. By working together with health care providers, researchers, policymakers and communities, we are strengthening health systems and helping people regain their health and reclaim their dignity. For more information, please visit DignitasInternational.org.