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Dr. Christopher Mushquash, C.Psych., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, & NOSM

Two Upcoming Talks in Indigenous Health – Jan. 22 & 23, 2015

January 19, 2015 by Christopher Mushquash

Dr. Fred Wien, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, will give talks about Indigenous health as part of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series.

Intervening on Poverty as a Determinant of the Health in First Nation Communities

Date: Thursday, Jan. 22
Time: 4 pm
Location: RC1002

This presentation describes First Nation perspectives on poverty and well-being as well as the process by which a project of this nature becomes engaged with communities. Poverty is often described as an important social determinant of health, yet interventions seldom target poverty directly. Dr. Wien is a researcher participating in the Poverty Action Research Project (PARP), which is funded by the CIHR.

Aboriginal Health Research: From the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research 

Date: Friday, Jan. 23
Time: 10 am
Location: ATAC1006 in Thunder Bay and OA1025 in Orillia

Research on Aboriginal health has been a relatively undeveloped field but it received a major boost from the work of the RCAP and the formation of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health within CIHR. Over the last three years, however, the field has faced a more challenging environment within CIHR and efforts are currently underway to reset the direction.

Dr. Wien is a former Deputy Director of Research for RCAP, former member and Chair of the IAPH Advisory Board, and Co-chair of the Aboriginal Health Research Steering Committee which is meeting with CIHR senior management to address the issues that have been raised.

Please send questions to Mary Lysenchuk at