An Indigenous equity lens for public health

Funding body: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Planning and Dissemination Grant

Background: In Canada, decreased life expectancies and poorer health exist among Indigenous peoples compared to the general population. As these disparities often result from structural inequities, an examination of the role of public health in the perpetuation or interruption of these inequities is warranted. The proposed project will utilize existing data, gathered through the CIHR- funding ELPH (Equity Lens in Public Health) program, to undertake a pilot-case analysis of one Health Authority’s activities to enhance health equity for Indigenous peoples in the province of British Columbia. During a one-day meeting, the findings of this analysis will be presented to a group (~15) of key Indigenous and non-Indigenous community, policy and professional representatives, followed by a discussion that will inform development of future research priorities and work.