Transforming the highly clinical world of hospitals to a culturally safe home away from home for an Elder who may never have been in a hospital, or a residential school survivor uncomfortable in institutional settings, is a significant challenge. It's also a key step in addressing health status disparities associated with a lack of access to appropriate and equitable treatment for Aboriginal peoples in Canada. 
A new NCCAH evidence review for 2011 offers insights on the role of traditional Aboriginal diets and health to support interventions that can help prevent chronic disease in Aboriginal communities.
The links between high rates of tuberculosis and overcrowded housing;  food security and health; or poverty and the experience of the H1N1 pandemic are increasingly evident. These connections helped inform the second NCCAH National Forum on the Social Determinants of Aboriginal Peoples' Health.  Our reports and fact sheets also shed light on the complex connections between health and socioeconomic conditions.
What are the “social determinants of health?” How can national Aboriginal organizations in sports, tourism, economic development, research and more work together in support of optimal health and well-being? These questions animated the first Forum with National Aboriginal Organizations on Indigenous Social Determinants, hosted by the NCCAH in 2008 in Ottawa.
The NCCAH played a leadership role in facilitating Indigenous perspectives to the World Health Organization's (WHO) 2008 global study on health. Woven throughout the seminal report is a call to recognize the unique status of Indigenous peoples when addressing the social determinants of global health. Our centre has since joined delegations to the Pan American Health Organization, and participated in the 2009 WHO “Call to Action” in London, England.
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