New native health centre eyed

Constance McKnight is executive director of the Aboriginal Health Centre. (Brian Thompson / The Expositor)   Aboriginal prayer, drumming and dance officially marked the planning of a new home for the Aboriginal Health Centre. Those connected with the centre gathered on Tuesday at the T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre for a “capital launch” of the…

Aboriginal Health Centre needs bigger digs

Hamilton Spectator By Nicole O’Reilly The De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre is looking for new homes in Hamilton and Brantford after outgrowing its existing facilities. The centre, which offers a mix of traditional healing and western medicine, officially launched its capital planning campaign at events in the two cities Tuesday. Community members,…

Project to give homeless aboriginals a place to live

“housing first” program is expected to give Hamilton’s homeless aboriginals a real chance at a stable and long-term place to live. The project, Homeward Bound: From Homelessness to Community,” kicked off Friday at the Hamilton Aboriginal Homelessness Symposium. The project — just like its counterpart programs helping other homeless populations — will start by finding…

Navigating the special demands of aboriginal health

Hamilton Spectator By Nicole O’Reilly Jodi Rock likes to think of herself as “piggybacking” clients as they navigate the health system. Sometimes that means holding their hand during a doctor’s visit, or helping set up transportation, or getting them into post-discharge programs. As Hamilton’s inaugural aboriginal patient navigator she “bridges the gap” between local members…

Poverty and chronic disease plaguing Hamilton’s aboriginal population

Hamilton Spectator By Nicole O’Reilly Hamilton’s urban aboriginal population faces striking poverty, a disproportionately high rate of chronic diseases and more frequent visits to hospitals’ emergency departments, a new study says. The magnitude of the results is shocking, even to aboriginal health advocates. Those interviewed for the study reported higher instances of arthritis, hypertension, asthma…