The Heart & Stroke Foundation, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, and the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association are pleased to work with Mr. Larry Vickar of the Vickar Automotive Group in Winnipeg to develop and deliver a comprehensive prevention program for First Nation, Inuit, and Metis Peoples in Manitoba.
Screening clinicsThis new and unique initiative will offer screening clinics to First Nation, Inuit, and Metis people in their home communities. We will work to provide:
- Early detection of chronic health issues;
- Access to related information; and
- Counselling that may not be readily available in various communities.
You can download an Info Sheet for Communities_FINAL (PDF file).
When we are delivering screening clinics, we’ll be asking local participants some questions about health and well-being. This will help us develop and deliver customized information and/or education sessions and follow-up for each community that has a screening clinic.
For example, if smoking rates are very high in a particular community, we perhaps would plan to come back in three months to deliver a smoking cessation workshop. If a community was suffering from high rates of uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes, we would plan some type of education sessions that would help encourage and inform those people about ways of better controlling their diabetes.
How this program came about
These three non-profit organizations have been working independently for years, trying to increase awareness and concern for diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and kidney disease.
We are now working collaboratively on this one program to affect the greatest impact for those at highest risk of these life-altering diseases in our province.