Steps are being taken to improve health care for Aboriginals in the North East. The NE LHIN has launched an Aboriginal Health Care Reconciliation Action Plan.
The need for this plan was identified after speaking with Aboriginal Northerners and the LHIN Board of Directors. The Chief Executive Office for the NE LHIN says the Reconciliation Action Plan is a starting point to ensure equal health care services for First Nations residents living in North Eastern Ontario.
The new plan will help ensure future generations don’t have to suffer from poor health and well-being. Part of the plan will involve a scan of the population’s health and existing services across the region.
Other things the plan looks to accomplish includes supporting access to traditional healing programs, improving mental health and addiction services, encouraging health care providers to make the environment more welcoming to Aboriginals and developing a cultural competency safety training plan for NE LHIN staff.