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Spirit Healthcare Group is bridging health gaps for Indigenous communities

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‘Every decision is made considering the seven generations ahead of us,’ says Heather Berthelette, CEO of Spirit Healthcare Group.Spirit Healthcare Group on Instagram

Walk down the aisles of Northmart – and many other grocery, convenience or drug stores across Ontario, Manitoba, Saskastchewan and Nunavut – and you’ll increasingly find shelves stocked with products bearing the Spirit Healthcare Group logo.

With three banners under its name, this Manitoba-based company sells medical supplies and equipment and other health care products, as well as facilitates fast medication delivery to people in rural and remote communities. It stocks health centres and nursing stations. It provides diabetes education.

The Indigenous-owned company is dedicated to enhancing the quality of health care for Indigenous customers while scaling the business to compete with corporations that have had a decades-long head start.

“We’re not trying to be a Shopper’s Drug Mart – we’re trying to fill gaps in care,” says Heather Berthelette, CEO of Spirit Healthcare Group.

Berthelette, who is Red River Métis, has been with Spirit from the start. She originally worked for Precambrian Wholesale Ltd., a company that delivered food to remote communities, which was bought by Tribal Council Investment Group (TCIG), a corporation representing over 50 First Nation communities, a decade ago.

In 2015, the whole outfit pivoted to focus on building a health care business based on Indigenous worldviews.

Spirit restructured with the intention of taking up space in the multi-billion-dollar health care industry, which Indigenous people have historically been shut out of, Berthelette explains.

Now, the goal is to be Canada’s default choice for health care products and stock all Canadian hospitals and health care centres by 2025. By then, Berthelette hopes to have more than 500 Spirit-branded products on the roster.

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Bringing Parkinson’s Information, Interventions to CT’s Hispanic Communities

The research of Cristina Colón-Semenza, assistant professor of kinesiology in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, wants to get people moving to improve their quality of life. As part of her work, she engages people from underrepresented groups in ways that use physical activity to mitigate symptoms and disease progression.

Currently, Colón-Semenza is working on several projects focused on reaching Hispanic people with Parkinson’s disease across the United States.

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Colón-Semenza and her lab members at the Puerto Rican day festival, where they assessed attendees and educated them about physical therapy, exercise, and strength (Contributed photo)

“There is evidence that exercise, when appropriately dosed and applied early in the disease, can slow down the progression of the Parkinson’s, but we know that not everyone is aware of this” says Colón-Semenza. “Although exercise can have profound effects on disease management, in a survey of Hispanics with the disease in the New York City area, the majority indicated that exercise was not important. This study will help this community by understanding if this intervention was feasible, acceptable, and appropriate.”

Much of the existing research on the benefits of physical activity for people living with Parkinson’s disease has been conducted with predominantly white, highly educated individuals. Besides the obvious need to have research participants that are representative of the general population of people with Parkinson’s disease, Colón-Semenza’s work is especially important as there is evidence that Hispanics have the highest incidence of Parkinson’s disease in comparison to other ethnic groups in the US.

Through the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at UConn Health, Colón-Semenza is currently recruiting participants for a unique trial. The trial will implement and evaluate an intervention to increase physical activity for individuals with Parkinson’s disease who are Hispanic.

Specifically, it will evaluate if support from

Kootenay MLAs get earful on health care challenges in BC border communities

Rural health care concerns are by far the most prominent topic for residents in the southeast corner of B.C., according to two MLAs who spoke with Regional District of East Kootenay board directors on Friday, Sept. 8.

Columbia River – Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok and Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka both shared the gamut of issues that constituents have been bringing to their respective offices, while also lending their support in advocating RDEK matters to the province during a joint board presentation.

On the health care front, the concerns are many.

Most acute is access to health care in Alberta, as East Kootenay residents are geographically closer to Calgary and Lethbridge as opposed to Kelowna, where there is specialized care, such as radiation therapy for cancer treatment.

“It’s unfair for people in rural B.C. to be travelling 1,000 kilometres over six mountain passes in the dead of winter to get access to health care,” said Tom Shypitka, referencing the challenges of travelling west to Kelowna as opposed to heading east into Alberta.

While some emergency trauma medical services are still provided to BC residents in Alberta, some health care options such as radiation therapy remain closed to BC-based patients in border communities.

Clovechok also noted limited government financial support or reimbursement for Kootenay-based patients who face steep travel and accommodation costs for specialist consultations or procedures in the Okanagan.

Though serving in the opposition ranks as a BC United MLA, Clovechok said he is working on setting up a meeting with Adriana LaGrange, the newly sworn-in Alberta Minister of Health, to discuss the issues around accessing cross-border health care, whether it be cancer treatment or other specialized medical care.

The two MLAs also got an earful about a pending major project at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital Cranbrook.

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Researchers doing work with Indigenous communities to much better produce coronary heart-wellbeing details – The Brock News

Be aware: Brock College declared the development of its first-ever Indigenous Investigation Grant in 2021. This is 1 in a collection of articles or blog posts profiling recipients’ analysis under this yearly interior award. Read through additional on the sequence on The Brock Information.

In the months major up to a heart assault, most individuals knowledge basic indicators that if identified and taken care of, can stop the assault from happening.

When this and other heart-overall health data is conveniently available to the public, that is not the circumstance in a lot of Indigenous communities, states a Brock University study staff.

“We have to have to educate our people today on heart sickness simply because it is rather rampant in Indigenous communities,” says Michelle Bomberry, Research Assistant in the Heart Innovation Investigate Plan and recent PhD university student at Brock College.

“With all the literature and educational means out there, one thing is nevertheless missing,” she suggests. “We’re seeking to discover out how to get the information throughout it’s a paradigm change that we will need to do with our whole community.”

Bomberry, who is Haudenosaunee, has teamed up with Affiliate Professor of Nursing Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy on their research job “Early Warning Signs of Coronary heart Condition: An Indigenous Investigate Development.”

Although the duo has participated in a few discussions with individuals at Six Nations, and off reserve, they are still on the lookout for Indigenous girls and guys around the age of 18 a long time who have been identified with heart disease and are connected with the Indigenous neighborhood within Six Nations and in the standard Niagara spot. Make contact with [email protected] or [email protected] for a lot more information on how to get associated.

Funded by Brock University’s Indigenous Analysis Grant, Bomberry and O’Keefe-McCarthy are doing the job

Modernizing our universal well being-care process – Our Communities

I listen to from our neighborhood every single day how tough it is to come across a household health practitioner how crisis rooms are closing or wait around occasions are incredibly prolonged, often with tragic final results how the want for mental well being and substance use aid far outweighs potential. Our health and fitness-treatment method and personnel are below monumental pressure, a condition made worse by the pandemic, and desires instant action.

On Feb. 7, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced an investment of $198.6 billion about 10 a long time for provinces and territories to strengthen health and fitness-care solutions for Canadians. It involves an immediate, unconditional $2 billion Canada Well being transfer prime-up to handle immediate pressures, specifically in pediatric hospitals and unexpected emergency rooms, and prolonged hold out situations for surgeries. On Feb. 24 the governments of Canada and Manitoba achieved an agreement in basic principle that invests $6.74 billion in federal funding over 10 several years in Manitoba.

These investments, on top rated of already significant funding, will more aid provide Canadians with wellness treatment, including access to:

• High-good quality family members wellbeing expert services when they will need them, which includes in rural and distant locations, and for underserved communities

• A resilient and supported overall health workforce that gives substantial-good quality, productive and protected wellness companies

• Timely, equitable and high quality mental overall health, compound use and dependancy services to assistance nicely-getting and

• Their own electronic wellbeing information and facts.

Supporting Canadians age with dignity, nearer to residence, with entry to home care or care in a safe extensive-term treatment facility is

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