"This research addressed a virtual absence of health status and health care use data for Aboriginal people. That's a huge gap!"

                                         Dr. Janet Smylie

QUICK FACTS FROM OUR HEALTH COUNTS

Emergency Room Use

First Nations more likely to use Emergency Room (ER) to access health care

People are usi....

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Health Care Access

“Our health deserves appropriate and dedicated care”

There is an urgent need for impr....

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Chronic Disease & Disability

First Nations people are carrying a greater health burden and at a younger age

Poor healt....

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Violence & abuse reported

58% report violence is part of their community 

95% feel violence is related to crim....

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Impact of Colonization

Legacy of colonization & residential schools impacts health, wellbeing & family cohesion<....

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Social Determinants of Health

First Nation people have less access to the social determinants of health

Social determin....

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Income & employment

28% of First Nations people in Hamilton have an income from wages & salaries

8% of Fi....

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Education/Employment

First Nations people have low levels of formal education:

57% First Nations adults over 1....

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Housing Impacts Health

“I live entirely off food banks, that’s where nutrition comes in, I have no choice over my fo....

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First Nations Demographics

13, 735 people in Hamilton report having Aboriginal ancestry (Census 2006)This is likely a signif....

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Emergency Room Use

First Nations more likely to use Emergency Room (ER) to access health care

People are using ER for both acute & non-acute illness

50% report using ER in past year - compared to 22% for general population

11% people report having more than 6 visits - compared to < 2% general population

ER use rates holds true for both children and adults

Children are less likely to be admitted to hospital than non-native children

Even with comparable or more severe symptoms of illness

This raises questions of whether there is a systemic bias toward not admitting non-native children?

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