Presenter: Dr. Bernice Downey
Details: Health equity is upheld as a way to assist people to reach their full potential and receive high quality health care that is fair and appropriate to them and their needs. Where they live, what they have and who they are is not supposed to matter.
The literature supports a need to balance the implementation of universal measures for improving population health with targeted approaches aimed at improving health outcomes for marginalized populations.
As federal/provincial health system planners further engage in the development and implementation of strategies to improve health equity, how will the needs of Indigenous people be considered? The notion of ‘IND-equity’ is proposed in an effort to explore this question within the current reconciliation and rights-based environment.