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October 2013 – This year, the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) held their 9th National Mentorship Forum in St. Paul, Alberta at Blue Quills First Nations College, September 6-8, 2-13. At the forum, Dr. Margo Greenwood, Dr. Jeff Reading, and Dr. Evan Adam presented on CIPHER – an international collaboration on Competencies for Indigenous Public Health, Evaluation and Research.
A group of researchers and scholars from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States – experts in Indigenous health in their respective countries– have established this collaboration in order to develop a set of core competencies for Indigenous public health. From the Canadian perspective, these core competencies would outline the “skills, knowledge, and attitudes a public health practitioner could utilize to provide culturally competent and safe health services to Aboriginal individuals and communities." (Baba, 2013, p. 5)
Implementation of core competencies in Aboriginal public health could contribute to improved “academic curriculum, training programs, professional certification, health services planning, health policy, and health program evaluation standards" (Baba, 2013, p. 5). In addition, using such core competencies as “standardized assessment criteria could also help governments and organizations share best practices more efficiently and promote culturally safe Aboriginal health services in all parts of the country" (Baba, 2013, p. 5).
A recent report published by the NCCAH provides an overview of curriculum and initiatives implemented by governments, universities, and by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal agencies and organizations to improve the cultural competency and safety of health professionals in their relations with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis patients: Cultural Safety in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Public Health: Environmental Scan of Cultural Competency and Safety in Education, Training and Health Services.
Baba, L. (2013). Cultural Safety in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Public Health. Prince George, BC: National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health.