North East LHIN and Aboriginal Health Care


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The NE LHIN continues to work in partnership to advance Aboriginal/First Nations/Métis health initiatives that help to increase access and improve coordination of health programs and services for Aboriginal Northerners.

Every year, the NE LHIN invests over $39 million to support front-line health care delivery to Aboriginal people living in Northeastern Ontario.

Over the past 10 years, the NE LHIN has engaged with hundreds of Aboriginal/First Nations/Métis leadership, communities and health services providers. The outcomes of these engagements are reflected in the LHIN’s priorities in strengthening the system of care for people living in Northeastern Ontario.

The NE LHIN relies on the expertise of its Local Aboriginal Health Committee (LAHC) to guide its work to better meet the health care needs of Aboriginal Northerners.   LAHC is comprised of senior representatives of Aboriginal health care organizations across the region.  It advises the LHIN Board of Directors on health service priorities, opportunities for engagement, and better coordination of services within Aboriginal/First Nations/Métis urban and rural communities.  

Aboriginal Population within the region

The Aboriginal diversity within the NE LHIN is comprised of Cree, Ojibwa, Odawa, Algonquin and Métis identified cultural groups – representing approximately 11% of the total population in Northeastern Ontario.

In general, Aboriginal people experience a lower health status than other Northerners.  The primary health conditions experienced by Aboriginal Northerners, includes:

  • Higher rates of medically complex chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and mental health disorders.
  • Physical aging at a younger age due to multiple chronic conditions.
  • Higher cases amongst Aboriginal youth of mental health issues, chronic illnesses and poor oral health.
  • High rates of suicide and suicide ideation.
  • First Nations people are over-represented as clients in addiction services across Northeastern Ontario.

North East LHIN Aboriginal Health Care Reconciliation Action Plan

On September 21, 2016, the NE LHIN and the LAHC launched the North East LHIN Aboriginal Health Care Reconciliation Action Plan.

This plan is an important first step in a journey to build a stronger system of care that will address the profound inequities in health for Aboriginal Northerners – a plan that was created in the spirit of reconciliation, mutual understanding and respect.

The plan encompasses four main strategic directions -- Opportunities (East); Relationships (South); Knowledge and Understanding (West); and Sustainability and Evaluation (North).   The plan will be implemented using the Medicine Wheel as a guide – a widely recognized approach that represents wholeness, balance and interconnectedness.  Each strategic direction plays an integral role in the success of this plan.

The North East LHIN will work with partners to implement this plan and continue to close the disparity gap in the health and wellness of Aboriginal Northerners.

Read the plan here.

Coast Newsletters - Working Together to Bring Care Closer to Home (February 2016)

Updates from Northeastern Ontario Health Care Partners for the People of living on the James and Hudson Bay Coasts

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