First Nation’s health development: Tools for assessment of health and social service program impacts on community wellness and capacity (Tools 1)

Last Updated: April 1, 2016

Bonnie Jeffery, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator)
Sylvia Abonyi, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator)
Nazeem Muhajarine, PhD (Co-Investigator)

This project developed indicators and a framework for use by First Nations and northern health organizations to track the effects of health and human service programs under their jurisdiction on indicators of community health. 

Goals / Outcomes: During community interviews and focus groups, people talked about the ways they could tell whether their community was healthy. These stories, as well as from existing documents, led to an understanding of what it means to have a healthy community. A set of logic models describing the health and other social programs delivered in the research communities was created, along with a Community Health Indicators Toolkit that included 165 potential indicators identified as important by community members and health providers. These indicators were placed within a framework consisting of domains and indicator categories (see the framework diagram). Subsequently, in a related SPHERU project, Tools 2, five northern Saskatchewan communities undertook more detailed study of their community health framework by applying the tool kit developed in this project.

Funders: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health); Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation; Northern Medical Services, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

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