Federal Funding for First Nations Project at Northern Health
Prince George, B.C. – A unique research project is in the works at Northern Health.
It’s all thanks to a $149,500 federal grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as part of a new Healthy and Productive Work – Partnership Grant.
It will be led by UNBC researcher Dr. Sarah Leeuw and is centred on First Nations employment with Northern Health.
“We are interested in studying the workplace in relation to Indigenous employees at Northern Health, and how to bring more indigenous workers into the organization,” says de Leeuw, a Northern Medical Program and Geography associate professor.
“We will look at how to best gather information in this area, including innovative approaches such as videos of individuals highlighting what an ideal healthy work climate could look like for Indigenous people.”
According to the Northern Medical Program, the goal is to bring together researchers and stakeholders across sectors “to help develop and put solutions in place that improve the health and productivity of Canada’s diverse workforce.”
Phase one of the program is in effect until 2018 while successful grant applicants will be eligible to apply for Phase two funding for the implementation of a full, multiple-year study.
The project is also being supported through in-kind contributions valued at around $145,000 from various organizations including Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority.