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A Change in Non-Insured Health Benefits Policy to Improve the Health of Indigenous Canadians

In order to support the health program of Indigenous Canadians, Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) launched their own Core Program in June 2018 to address Indigenous wound, ostomy, and continence health. Core Program team members, working with Indigenous people from across Canada, came together to make a commitment to gain a better understanding of the patient care delivery of wound, ostomy, and continence care looking at the unique perspectives in First Nations Communities in both rural, remote, and urban areas.

An NSWOCC team conducted a Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results (SOAR) analysis, worked toward exploring possible solutions to challenges that were being faced by First Nations and Indigenous Groups, and then engaged these groups in order to discuss some of their key recommendations. The full article was published in the September/October 2019 edition of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing.

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