The Aboriginal Health department was excited to launch a survey on December 1, 2015 to learn about what we can do to support Northern Health employees provide quality, culturally safe health care for First Nations and Aboriginal people and families.
In the two weeks the survety was open we recevied 1,294 responses. This information will provide valuable feedback on our work and will inform our future directions. Almost immediately we started hearing from respondents that they were previously unaware of the Aboriginal Health department and the support we offer. We also noted an increase in subscribers to the Aboriginal Health newsletter and direct email/phone inquiries about Aboriginal health-related topics.
We are working on compiling the responses we received. Preliminary findings suggest a desire for more information on Aboriginal health generally, as well as resources for Aboriginal patients. Employees also want cultural safety training in addition to the online course offered by the Provincial Health Services Authority.
We received suggestions for specific information on:
- the available services for Aboriginal people and how to contact those services
- skills development for meaningful communication and building relationships
- the First Nations communities in the Northern Health region
- cultural practices and protocols
- culturally inclusive resources
Congratulations to Yvonne DeBoer who won the draw for a Fitbit Charge HR and to the winners of Tim Hortons gift cards: Marina Meldrum, Jennifer Platzer, and Adele Bachand.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out our survey! The survey is now closed. We look forward to taking action on the feedback we received.