Assess, Redress, Re-assess: Addressing disparities in respiratory health among First Nations people.

Last Updated: August 28, 2014

Sylvia Abonyi, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator)

Living and social conditions in some First Nation communities have created environments that are associated with adverse respiratory outcomes. Abonyi joins the University of Saskatchewan’s James Dosman, nominated principal investigator, and co-principal investigators Jo-Ann Episkenew and Punam Pahwa on this First Nations health project. In partnership with the rural communities of Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation and Montreal Lake Cree Nation, the project will evaluate individual and contextual factors on the outcomes of asthma, chronic bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions.

Goals / Outcomes: The characterization of conditions resulting from this work will provide communities with information that will assist them to undertake interventions aimed at redressing the issues. CIHR provided a grant for a one-day symposium in November, 2013, which highlighted knowledge about the linkages between adult and child respiratory health outcomes and housing environments in First Nations communities, focusing on program and policy intervention possibilities.

Funder: Canadian Institutes for Health Research