Health Research Non-Profit, the Canadian Cochrane Centre, and NAHO Sign Agreement to Improve Aboriginal Peoples’ Health
Ottawa, Canada (Jan. 31, 2012) — The Canadian Cochrane Centre (CCC) and the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) have signed a collaborative agreement to work together to positively impact the health and well-being of Aboriginal Peoples.
The CCC will work with NAHO to identify priority areas and design projects to meet their needs based on the Centre’s current knowledge and expertise. The two organizations plan to work on integrated knowledge translation, and education and training projects that will teach more Canadians how to complete Cochrane Systematic Reviews tailored to helping Aboriginal Peoples while making the link between scientific and traditional knowledge. The CCC will also develop a ‘Cochrane Corner’ for NAHO which will highlight evidence in The Cochrane Library, mainly Cochrane Reviews, relevant to Aboriginal Peoples’ key issues as defined by NAHO (housing, substance abuse, vaccines, obesity, childbirth and midwifery, etc.).
Jeremy Grimshaw, Co-Chair of The Cochrane Collaboration and CCC Director, says, “Aboriginal health and well-being are important elements in the Canadian healthcare landscape. It is evident from recent news coverage that much more needs to be done to improve the lives and health of Aboriginal Peoples in our country. We’re hoping our partnership will provide a small, but significant contribution to this vital issue.”
Dr. Grimshaw is also the Canada Research Chair in Health Knowledge Transfer and Uptake.
NAHO Acting Chief Executive Officer, Simon Brascoupé, says, “A collaboration between the CCC and NAHO is important to improving our knowledge about evidence-based health and wellness. We are especially excited about the opportunity to dialogue on the evidence-base of Indigenous knowledge.”
The Canadian Cochrane Centre is one of 14 independent, not-for-profit centres of The Cochrane Collaboration. Established in 1993, The Cochrane Collaboration is an international network of more than 28,000 dedicated people from over 100 countries. These people work together to help health care providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates and carers make well-informed decisions about health care, based on the best available research evidence, by preparing, updating and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews – over 4,600 so far, published online in The Cochrane Library. Cochrane Reviews are internationally recognized as the benchmark for high-quality information about the effectiveness of health care.
NAHO is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals, families and communities. It is the organization’s fundamental belief that the advancement, promotion and sharing of knowledge regarding the health and well-being of Aboriginal Peoples is key to empowerment.
This initiative will enable the CCC to provide NAHO with health research evidence that will allow for the integration of traditional medicine approaches to improve the health of Aboriginal Peoples.
For more information:
Canadian Cochrane Centre
Marketing and Public Relations Officer
The Cochrane Collaboration
613-798-5555 ext. 73834
Research Officer, First Nations Centre
National Aboriginal Health Organization
613-237-9462 ext. 567
About the Canadian Cochrane Centre:
The Canadian Cochrane Centre (CCC), registered in August 1993, is one of 14 independent, not-for-profit Centres of The Cochrane Collaboration worldwide. The CCC is located at the Centre for Practice-Changing Research at the Ottawa Hospital – General Campus. We support the activities of over 2,067 members of The Cochrane Collaboration in Canada to promote the Collaboration, The Cochrane Library and evidence-based health care in Canada. We collaborate with health professional organizations, health researchers, health technology assessment groups, national consumer associations, governments and other interested groups in order to achieve this goal.
About the National Aboriginal Health Organization
NAHO is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals, families and communities. It is our fundamental belief that the advancement, promotion and sharing of knowledge regarding the health and well-being of our Peoples are keys to empowerment.
NAHO is unique because it is the only national Aboriginal controlled organization in Canada that is set up with three populations specific Centres dedicated to advance and promote the distinct health needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations through knowledge-based initiatives.
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