An Indigenous-led, community-hospital-university-private sector partnership to enhance Indigenous maternal and child health will address some of the underlying causes of health inequity through an innovative new action-research project.
The “Kind Faces Sharing Places” project aims to address some of the social determinants of health and break the multi-generational impacts of family disruption in Toronto. The project is supported by $2.6 million in funding from Merck Canada Inc. provided in part through Merck for Mothers, a 10-year, US $500-million initiative of Merck & Co., Inc. to help create a world where no woman dies giving life.
“We must break the unacceptable cycle of Indigenous family disruption using Indigenous values and practice to deliver family and community-centred, culturally-appropriate care to Indigenous families,” said Dr. Janet Smylie, director of the Well Living House Action Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health and Wellbeing at St. Michael’s Hospital.
The team research will draw on the success of the Australian Stronger Families Program, which supports Indigenous families in Brisbane to keep children safely at home and cope with challenges.