Health for All: Métis Settlements and Lakeland Regional Health Authority (AB301-18)
Recipient: Lakeland Regional Health Authority
This project set out to improve the overall health of residents in four Métis communities in east central Alberta by providing a “settlement nurse” to provide on-site, non-emergency programs and services. It took place in a context of long-standing mistrust and miscommunication on the part of both the Métis community and members of the regional health authority. A major challenge for this project was bridging cultural differences. A major success of the project was the establishment of a trusting relationship between the settlements and the Lakeland Regional Health Authority. The project also demonstrated the importance of the settlement nurse as a link to other services as well as a direct service provider. Although some community members reported that the settlement nurse helped them improve their health, health providers saw no changes in community knowledge as a result of health promotion efforts.
The full report for this project is available on the Alberta Health and Wellness web site at http://www.health.gov.ab.ca/system/key/phc/projects/Lakeland/Metis/description.htm
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.