The work of Inuit Tuttarvingat focuses more on public health issues and disease prevention, rather than on health systems and treatment issues. We work on a wide range of health and social issues, from mental wellness and additions, midwifery, child and youth issues to health careers, education and traditional knowledge.
Priorities for 2010-15:
- Work actively with Inuit elders, healers and cultural bodies to identify and share Inuit traditional knowledge.
- Focus on Inuit expertise in developing Inuit-specific health programs and addressing health issues at the community level.
- Develop and maintain closer partnerships with: Inuit Land Claim organizations/governments; provincial and territorial governments; national Inuit organizations; urban Inuit organizations; and research networks; and involve partners early in our planning process.
- Develop our materials for: 1) the Inuit public (mainly reached through organizations); 2) health care providers and organizations serving Inuit; 3) educators and children; and 4) youth.
- Use a variety of ways to share information and knowledge, for example, websites, networks, radio, television, video, social media, and print materials.
- Broaden our promotion of health careers to include a wide range of health-related jobs, including those that can be sustained within communities.
- Work on fewer issues over a longer period of time.
- Evaluate our activities and products and learn from our work.
Read more in the Inuit Tuttarvingat of the National Aboriginal Health Organization’s “Strategic Plan 2010-15”