SOAR: Pathway to Wellness Program - Successful Launch of the Quality Improvement Workshop

On May 3 and 4, teams from Indigenous communities and organizational partners across Canada travelled to London to attend the first of three Quality Improvement workshops offered in the SOAR program. The program name pays tribute to the four partnering communities in the program: Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, Abegweit First Nation, and Serpent River First Nation. The name and the logo for the program was developed by the community partners.

The workshop was a huge success in supporting teams from each of the partnering communities and organizations in developing community-designed initiatives to improve diabetes prevention and management, as well as supporting team and inter-community collaboration and networking. Over the next 12 months, the Western SOAR team will continue to support the community teams as they test ways to improve diabetes care for Indigenous people in their communities. Community and organizational partners in attendance included: (1) Oneida Nation of the Thames & Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC), (2) Serpent River First Nation & N’Mininoeyaa Aboriginal Health Access Centre, (3) Abegweit First Nation and the Atlantic branch of the First Nations & Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), (4) Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, and (5) the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.  


SOAR Program - Representatives from each partnering community and organization at the first Quality Improvement Workshop, Four Points by Sheraton, London, ON.