SOURCE: Heart and Stroke Foundation

Heart and Stroke Foundation

May 27, 2016 09:57 ET

The Heart and Stroke Foundation Applauds the Ontario Government's Announcement of a First Nations Health Action Plan

Indigenous Health Is a Foundation Health Priority

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - May 27, 2016) - The Heart and Stroke Foundation is very encouraged to learn that the Ontario Government has committed $222 Million to a First Nations Health Action Plan.

"Indigenous health is a priority for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, so clearly we're thrilled to hear the news," said Heart and Stroke Foundation CEO David Sculthorpe. "It was just three months ago that a state of health emergency was declared in northern Ontario indigenous communities, and this is the kind of leadership from the Ontario government and Minister Hoskins that is needed to respond to that wake-up call."

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is also working to help close the gap in health care between indigenous communities and the rest of Canada.

In response to February's declaration of a health and public emergency by the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation issued a Call to Action committing to bringing our partners together to develop ways to work collectively to bring about health reconciliation and close the health gap. We are currently planning a roundtable with our key health partners to initiate this process in the Fall.

Like the Ontario government, the Heart and Stroke Foundation believes that bringing about health reconciliation is not just a question of governments and jurisdictions but requires active participation from all Canadians. Currently, the Foundation is working on plans to roll-out CPR training for Grade 8 students in First Nations schools as well as introduce its classroom resource, Heart Smart Kids, to First Nations schools.

The Foundation is also heartened that the Government of Ontario's announcement on Indigenous health helps address specific areas of cardiovascular health, from prevention to care and treatment. Expansion of the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program, addressing gaps in diabetes prevention and management, improved primary and continuing care services, and investments in youth recreation, cultural, and mental health programs will all contribute to significantly better cardiovascular health in Northern Ontario.

About the Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation's mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. A volunteer-based health charity, we strive to tangibly improve the health of every Canadian family, every day. Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen. heartandstroke.ca

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Teresa Roncon
    Heart and Stroke Foundation
    troncon@hsf.on.ca
    416-489-7111 x 3060