Saskatchewan Snapshot

Indigenous Health Research

Tuesday November 17, 10:00 - 11:00
Moderator: Cheyanne Desnomie
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Service Provider perspectives of Indigenous patients' cancer care needs

Jennifer Sedgewick (Department of Community Health and Epidemiology), Anum Ali (Department of Community Health and Epidemiology

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Project Background: In Saskatchewan, Indigenous cancer care services at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels are intended to improve quality care but can result in a complex, fragmented, and multi-jurisdictional health care system. Despite general and Indigenous-specific cancer services, there is evidence of unmet needs for cancer support services for Indigenous patients and families. A multi-phase needs assessment project, Sâkipakâwin, was initiated to document those needs. Guided by Indigenous patient partners, clinicians, academics, and policy makers, the present study reflects one of the priority research areas: a needs assessment of Indigenous cancer supports from the perspectives of cancer care service providers.

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Community-Based Dialysis in Saskatchewan First Nations: A Grassroots Approach to Gaining Insight and Perspective From First Nations Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr. Lindsay Richel (First Author), Dr. Bonnie Richardson (Principal Investigator), Dr. Michelle McCarron (Co-Applicant), Val Desjarlines (Community member)

Project background: Renal replacement options or dialysis can be delivered in the home setting or hospital setting. Home dialysis offers a number of benefits over hospital-delivered dialysis. These advantages include improved quality of life, less travel, and fewer dietary restrictions. Despite the benefits, home-based dialysis therapies are significantly underutilized by First Nations with only 16.2% uptake versus 25.7% uptake in non-First Nations people in Saskatchewan. It is important to recognize that First Nations have a greater burden of end-stage renal disease including higher prevalence, younger age at diagnosis, increased severity of disease, mortality at an earlier age, and increased travel distance to access kidney services.


Engaging Urban Indigenous Older Adults with Technology Use to Respond to Health and Wellbeing Concerns and Needs

Dr. Cari McIlduff (Principal Investigator), Mr. Victor Starr

Project background: Increased access to technology can promote independent living, stimulate cognitive functioning, relieve caregiver stress, access telehealth, increase overall wellbeing and be used to share cultural resources such as Indigenous language applications. Many Indigenous older adults would like to learn more about technology and recognize the value of technology in supporting healthy aging; however, as the Morning Star Lodge has previously found, accessibility and readiness were key factors in the use of this technology (Starblanket et al., 2019).  This research aims to promote a healthy lifestyle by learning from older Indigenous adults about what they want from technology to support a healthy lifestyle and increasing access to and engagement of culturally safe technology solutions particularly in this current climate of restrictions in health care and physical distancing.


Peer Health Advocacy Wellness Network (PHAWN): Commencing a network of peers within rural Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan 

Trisha Campbell (Peer Health Advocacy Wellness Network Coordinator), Danita Wahpoosewyan (Peer Consultant)

Project background: Peer Health Advocacy Wellness Network (PHAWN) originated from a call for peer-to-peer engagement by Wellness Wheel partner communities who are participating in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant, "Enhancing and Expanding the 'Know Your Status' Initiative in on-reserve Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan: A community-engaged intervention to increase diagnosis, linkage to care and prevention of HIV, HCV and STBBIs." PHAWN connects peers with each other and to external resources for support and professional development, with the aim to improve healthcare access and quality for people with lived experience.