Our health centre actively takes part in, and leads, collaborative, community-based research in order to improve the quality of care for our members. In past projects, our research team has consisted of Indigenous Elders, a family physician, psychiatrist, medical students and University healthcare professors. Our researchers hold expertise in intimate partner violence, as well as advancing health-equity for Indigenous people. The interdisciplinary nature of the collaborative research serves to strengthen the outcomes by providing a holistic interpretation on the health outcomes. Specifically, the importance of our Indigenous Elders in providing cultural context for the research cannot be overstated.
Our previous research has looked into the impact of partnering with Indigenous Elder’s on the mental health outcomes (ie: Depression) of our clients. In conclusion, the research found a statistically significant reduction is depressive symptoms and suicide risk among the Indigenous participants.
Future research, in 2020, will be looking into the impact of partnering with Indigenous Elders on the health outcomes for people with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Building on our work in 2019 as part of the BOOST Collaborative, these findings will serve to further enhance the quality of care for our members with OUD.