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First Nations' Resilience: Two Communities Take on an Epidemic

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Online; Online Video; Video
Filmed Lectures
When the First Nations of Big River and Ahtahkakoop in Canada's Saskatchewan province realized they had an HIV epidemic within their rural communities, their leadership and health centers rallied community members to determine the social and structural issues behind the epidemic. One of the driving factors proved to be injection drug use. Big River and Ahtahkakoop then developed culturally competent, community-based care to address the intertwined issues of HIV, hepatitis C, and substance use. In this presentation, spokespersons from these two communities describe how they took on these epidemics and discuss the solutions that have worked for them. What can other communities struggling similarly with substance abuse and related infectious disease outbreaks learn from these First Nations' grassroots responses? Are there lessons here for communities in Virginia, where, on average, three people die each day from opioid overdose? Co-presented with the Department of Medicine and the Center for Global Health, in conjunction with the conference, "Best Practices in Community Mobilization in Response to Substance Use and Related Epidemics"
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Childress, Marcia Day
Skinner, Stuart
Smith, Leslie Ann
McAdam, Ruby
Reed, Noreen
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Medical Center Hour
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