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OTTAWA, March 20, 2012 – The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) has released the findings of a landmark research initiative studying chronic diseases amongst its citizens. This research addresses a significant gap in information about chronic disease in the Métis population.
“These findings are of great concern to the MNO” stated President Gary Lipinski, “and with this new evidence, we are looking for greater support for Métis focused health promotion and prevention strategies”.
Dr. David Henry, President and CEO of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) highlighted the “scarcity of published information on chronic disease burdens and healthcare trends among the Métis” and commented that “the results of the research are a concern from a public health perspective”.
The research was undertaken by the MNO in partnership with ICES and carried out using the MNO Citizenship Registry that includes the records of over 14,000 Métis citizens in Ontario. ICES is an independent, non-profit corporation whose core business is to conduct research that contributes to the effectiveness, quality and equity of heath care in Ontario.
Speakers at the Launch of the Chronic Disease Findings (left to right):
MNO President Gary Lipinski, Karen Robert, Senior Epidemiologists with
the Public Health Agency of Canada; Saba Kahn, Epidemiologist with ICES;
Dr. Baiju Shah,University of Toronto; MNO Chair France Picotte; Dr. Martin
Cooke, University of Waterloo; Dr. Eric Crighton, University of Ottawa; and
Dr. David Urbach, University of Toronto.
Key findings of the research include:
"The Public Health Agency of Canada supports the collection of reliable data on chronic disease trends and their risk factors”, said Chief Public Health Officer David Butler-Jones. “We are pleased to have played a key role in funding this important new research.”
The research will inform ongoing efforts to reduce the health disparities between Métis and other Ontarians. Click here to access copies of all the reports.See ALL news articles