First Nations Centre at NAHO Promotes Health Careers with Bursaries and the Arts

Ottawa, ON (June 4, 2012) – The First Nations Centre (FNC) at the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) is pleased to announce the recipients of their 2011-2012 health careers bursary.  The recipients are: Andrea Paul, April Sawanas, Darlene Fraser, Karlene Masuskapoe, Kerry Peltier, Lisa McNab, Maria Kruger, Melanie Labatch, Patricia Louis, and Sarah Lazarus.  They represent locales from across Canada and such health fields as nursing, kinesiology, and psychology.

Each recipient has received a bursary of $1,000 to go towards their post-secondary education.  NAHO wishes them the best as they take the next steps in their health studies and careers.

Having access to healthcare services and practitioners, such as nurses, doctors, and midwives is a determinant of health.  It is well-known that the health status of First Nations populations lags behind that of the general population.  The First Nations Centre at NAHO contributes to improving the health human resources for First Nations populations, and one of the ways it does this is by promoting health careers.

In addition to the bursary, the FNC is promoting health careers with the release ofPicture Yourself in a Health Career: A Creativity Sketchbook (2012).  This 36-page sketchbook is an opportunity for kids to learn about health careers through the arts.  “Our people are our greatest resource,” says NAHO’s Acting CEO Simon Brascoupé.  “Currently First Nations communities are seeing an increase in population as well as health challenges.  Mixed with high unemployment, it makes perfect sense to help them explore and discover the tremendous opportunities that exist in healthcare.”

Download the sketchbook for free at www.naho.ca/fnc. Share it with First Nations students.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Trevor Eggleton, Acting Manager, Communications
Tel: (613) 237-9462 ext. 505 / Toll Free: 1-877-602-4445 ext. 505
Cell: (613) 863-7765 / E-mail: teggleton@naho.ca

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