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NE LHIN starts Cultural Mindfulness Training – Northern Ontario Medical Journal

by ahnationtalk on June 4, 2018258 Views

June 4, 2018

One of the areas recognized as being important to improving Indigenous health outcomes is to educate health care professionals about Indigenous Cultural Safety. To accomplish this, the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) is facilitating Cultural Mindfulness Training for health care workers in hospitals, home and community care, and community mental health and addictions programs over the next two years.

Over the last two years, the NE LHIN has provided Indigenous Cultural Safety on-line training to more than 400 people working in health care across Northeastern Ontario. These efforts are in keeping with the NE LHIN’s Aboriginal Health Care Reconciliation Action Plan, published in 2016, which identifies cultural competency as a core value. The Action plan recognizes the importance for all health service providers to develop cultural competency to better understand the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, the legacy of residential schools, and to learn approaches that deliver health services in a culturally safe manner.

“Indigenous Cultural Competency, engagement and partnership development are key strategic directions outlined in the NE LHIN Health Care Reconciliation Action Plan,” said Darlene Orton, Indigenous Officer with the North East LHIN. “This training will be experiential and allow participants to learn and build on the success of the on-line Indigenous Cultural Safety training that has already been delivered to Northerners.”

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