First Nations in the Interior, the First Nations Health Council and the Interior Health Authority have signed an agreement aimed at greater collaboration between the groups.
"The accord will establish a culturally appropriate coordinated and integrated First Nations health and wellness system and lays out a number of achievable goals, action plans, accountability structures and measurable indicators to gauge its success," according to a press release from IHA.
"Actions stemming from the accord will result in improved quality, accessibility, delivery, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care programs and services. It will also reflect the cultures and perspectives of Interior First Nations by incorporating First Nations’ models of wellness, and build First Nations health human resource capacity, along with other initiatives. The agreement embraces knowledge sharing and the discussion of addressing the broader social determinants of health while leaving no Nation behind within the Interior region."