"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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Health Care Access

“Our health deserves appropriate and dedicated care”

There is an urgent need for improved health care access

40% of FN people rated access to health care as fair to poor

Barriers to care that people report: 

  • 48% report long waiting lists
  • 35% report difficulty accessing transportation
  • 32% can’t afford direct costs associated with health care
  • Doctors are not available
  • 24% lack trust in health care providers

Stigma & discrimination play a contributing role

We need more Aboriginal people in health care, education, places where people are looking up to other people. More native role models.”

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