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…