Addressing health inequalities for Indigenous Peoples and communities is an urgent priority in Canada. The aim of this evidence review was to better understand the challenges and best practices of health planning for Indigenous populations. In total, 29 articles met our inclusion criteria, from which we distilled four main themes: (a) Managing health care in organizations serving Indigenous clientele; (b) Assessing Indigenous health needs and their related costs; (c) Toward cultural safety in health planning; and (d) Stakeholder participation in health planning. Our review indicates that while little has been published about challenges and best practices of health planning for Indigenous populations, there are important lessons to be learned from this literature, including promising practices for decision makers.
This work was carried out by the authors on behalf of a partnership involving the McGill Intersectoral Indigenous Health Research Team and the management team of the Iiyuu Ahtaawin Miyupimaatisiiun Planning Initiative of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay. We thank Martin Morris, MSc (Liaison Librarian: Life Sciences, Schulich Library of Science and Engineering, McGill University) for developing the electronic search strategies and for methodological guidance.
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Health Planning for Indigenous Populations: A Rapid Evidence Review. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 9(1)
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