ᐃᑯᒪ ᑐᓂᔪᓐᓇᖅᑕᕗᑦ / We Can Pass the Flame

This initiative aims to improve health outcomes and decrease health inequity by increasing Inuit involvement in and ownership of public health strategies in Nunavut

Years active
2021- 2023
Nunavut, Canada

TB rates among the Inuit in Canada have been reported as among the highest in the world. In Canada, the Inuit TB rate is about 300 times higher than that of the non-Indigenous Canadian-born population. TB is not just a medical issue: it is a complex socio-cultural disease requiring culturally appropriate public health approaches.

Many Inuit lack Trust in the Public Health System

Making it challenging to engage with TB prevention and treatment efforts

Supporting Government of Nunavut Population Health

The initiative aimed to support increased community engagement with the government population health teams.

Inuit need more Involvement with Public Health Strategies

Integration, trust, and information flow between community members and health centres were advanced, with the ultimate goal of increasing community agency in health-related activities and outcomes.

Key Impact of our work with the Government of Nunavut

Increased confidence of Department of Health team members in conducting activities related to community engagement

Increased integration, trust and flow of information between engaged community members and health centres

Increased community member engagement in the Department of Health’s population health teams

Increased community agency in health-related activities and outcome

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