Ottawa, Ontario — Thursday August 12, 2021
On Aug. 12, 2021, the Government of Canada announced $2 million in funding over the next five years to help improve the mental health and well-being of Indigenous children in Canada. The research of newly appointed Senior Scientist, Dr. Nancy Young has applied measurement science to support healthcare for children. This funding will expand her work and empower Indigenous children to understand their own health and improve their access to healthcare and give Nancy and her team the opportunity to make further discoveries into the needs of Indigenous children when it comes to their health and wellbeing. As they uncover and collect information with these children, Nancy and her team are working to make this data available to local mental health workers to support each child and then to local decision-makers who can influence change on a broader scale. Due to a lack of data and culturally appropriate measures, Indigenous children often lack a voice in health planning. This small data system will help inform healthcare decisions for Indigenous children, allowing us to address their needs in a more culturally familiar way.
For more information on the work Nancy has been doing, check out ACHWM.ca.