ADVANCES IN INDIGENOUS HEALTH
There are several ways in which AFMC is re-igniting the social accountability agenda. Our commitment to addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and putting the education and training about Indigenous persons’ health needs in Canada are front and center. The AFMC Board of Directors has established an ad hoc Committee on Indigenous Health, which will advise the Board on strategic issues and it has also set up a new Network on Indigenous Health. The Network follows up on the work done in 2017 outlined in the AFMC Report on Indigenous Health Activities.
The AFMC Board and stakeholders have broadly consulted and heard from leaders and learners in Indigenous health, especially on how to address and act on the Calls to Action related to Indigenous health equity and health education. In the past decade, the AFMC and individual medical schools have made significant progress in the areas of curricula devoted to Indigenous health and training Indigenous physicians. Canada’s medical schools have begun their journey towards Reconciliation, with much of this work in partnership with the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. Some schools are further ahead than others and each must share the responsibility for advances in Indigenous health curricula. Education, research and clinical care in Indigenous health priorities such as chronic diseases, mental health, maternal and child health and addictions are needed, as well as targeted admissions policies. The AFMC is actively supporting Indigenous student admissions and the development of culturally safe Indigenous health curriculum through community engagement.
The AFMC continues to work to address Indigenous health and social issues, reduce inequities and support a health system that is ‘responsive’, enhances access and values Cultural Safety. AFMC, the voice of Canada’s leadership in medical education, is committed to listening to remote, rural and urban indigenous communities, and to advocating for priority needs in physician supply and accessible, quality care. Chaired by University of Manitoba’s Dr. Marcia Anderson, the AFMC Network on Indigenous health is collaborating with leaders across the country to refresh our AFMC-IPAC competencies and curricula in Indigenous health. A key focus will be the co-creation of a position paper on issues in Indigenous medical education for the AFMC Board’s review.
The Canadian values of equity, safety and social accountability are at the heart of our renewed partnership and collective pledge to make a difference for Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. For more information about the new Network, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.