FSW 153 - Understanding the Complexities of the Indigenous Health Crisis
Social Work Professional Development
Course DescriptionIn this session Randal will facilitate a greater appreciation for the complexities that contribute to the Indigenous health crisis in Canada. Using personal and professional experiences, Randal explores the genesis of the Indigenous health crisis and the many socioeconomic factors that exacerbate it. Randal will then move into the current state of the Indigenous health crisis, exploring structural and systemic challenges that create barriers to Indigenous health service access and utilization. After pulling back the curtains on a health crisis that can only get worse, Randal presents an alternative path, one that is rooted in hope, forgiveness and reconciliation. Randal concludes with a roadmap to de-colonizing healthcare, ensuring everyone understands the importance of their role in the difficult journey ahead.
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Spread awareness about the existence of the Indigenous health crisis, speaking to its genesis and evolution.
2. Educate others as to the historical and contemporary factors that exacerbate the Indigenous health crisis.
3. Identify current structural and systemic barriers to Indigenous health service access and utilization.
4. Identify ways they can be a part of the Indigenous health solution; through decolonization and reconciliation.
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