Community Health Worker (CHW) Diabetes Program

Community Health Worker (CHW) Diabetes Program

In 2014, Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority (SLFNHA) and Dignitas International (DI), launched a partnership to support First Nations-led health care solutions for people living in remote Sioux Lookout Area (SLA) communities. Drawing upon the complementary experience and knowledge of both organizations, SLFNHA and DI jointly designed and implemented a pilot Community Health Worker (CHW) Diabetes Program in a number of Sioux Lookout Area communities.

The CHW Diabetes Program aims to strengthen diabetes care in remote communities that experience exceedingly high rates of type 2 diabetes and high turnover of fly-in health professionals. By training and empowering CHWs to play an active role in patient care, community members living with type 2 diabetes will experience better continuity of care and targeted support to manage their condition and prevent diabetes complications including hypertension, amputations, kidney failure, heart attacks and stroke.

In 2019, Dignitas International closed as an organization and transferred the Indigenous Health Partners Program and associated partnerships and projects to the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM), Global Health & Social Accountability. SLFNHA and the DFCM continue to support the administration of the CHW Diabetes Program and its expansion to SLA communities.

For more information, please review chwconnect.ca