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ECHO Session: Creating Culturally Safe-r Palliative Care Education for Indigenous Communities
This session will showcase an educational initiative to increase Indigenous communities' capacity to provide palliative care by offering culturally safer palliative care training for health and social care providers. The presentation will provide an overview of a suite of newly created curricula and resources developed at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health, Lakehead University, in partnership with Elders, Indigenous organizations, scholars and health and social care providers.

These tools recognize the diversity of Indigenous communities' experiences, knowledge, and cultural teachings regarding health, caregiving, dying and death. As a result, the content is not grounded in any Indigenous community's practice or knowledge. Instead, concepts from the Indigenous Wellness Framework are integrated with palliative care and chronic disease management with the goal being to provide a holistic foundation for understanding health and balance while also being inclusive of cultural and spiritual practices.

Holly Prince, Project Manager, HBSW, MSW, (PhD. Cand.)
Jessica L. Wyatt, Knowledge Broker, BEd., MA, PMP
Kassandra Fernandes, Curriculum Developer, HBSc, MPH, (Ph.D. Cand.)

Duration: 1 hour

About the Palliative Care ECHO Project:
The Palliative Care ECHO Project is a 5-year national initiative to cultivate communities of practice and establish continuous professional development among health care providers across Canada who care for patients with life-limiting illness.

Apr 19, 2023 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Holly Prince, HBSW, MSW, (PhD. Cand.)
Project Manager
Holly Prince is an Anishinaabekwe and a member of Opwaaganisiniing in Northwestern Ontario. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Studies at Lakehead University. Holly’s areas of research focus are on decolonial and Indigenist education and Indigenous health and community-based research. She works as a Project Manager at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health at Lakehead University, where she is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of palliative care education and health equity initiatives for Indigenous peoples across Canada. For the past 17 years, her work focuses on improving end-of-life care in Indigenous communities.
Jessica Wyatt
Knowledge Broker @BEd., MA, PMP
Jessica Wyatt is a white settler originally from Treaty 9 territory (Timmins, Ontario), currently living in Thunder Bay on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, which includes the Ojibwa of Fort William First Nation. Jessica is an experienced Knowledge Broker who began her career at Lakehead University’s Centre for Education and Research in Aging & Health (CERAH) in 2008. Skilled in curriculum development, evaluation, and project management, Jessica has a keen interest in working with marginalized populations. She holds a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Arts degree in English with a specialization in Women’s Studies, and is a certified Project Management Professional. In her current role at CERAH, she supports the development and delivery of culturally appropriate palliative care education for Indigenous communities across Canada.
Kassandra Fernandes, HBSc, MPH, (PhD Cand.)
Curriculum Developer
Currently a Curriculum Developer at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health, Lakehead University, Kassandra Fernandes has spent several years working with Indigenous community members, Elders, care providers, and academic experts to develop, coordinate, and disseminate palliative care education that promotes the holistic wellbeing of Indigenous individuals. Kassandra has a Master of Public Health degree from Lakehead University and is also a PhD candidate in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University specializing in aging and occupational science. Experienced in community-based research, program evaluation, and knowledge translation, much of her work has focused on working with individuals and communities to promote quality of life through to end-of-life.