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Data as Medicine: Unlocking Health Information for Older Indigenous Populations

This video features Jennifer Walkers' presentation describing the data governance and collaboration that has enabled CIHR-funded research looking at aging in First Nations communities across Ontario. The project has been using survey, administrative and community-based qualitative data to produce the first population-level profile of age-related wellness, resilience, multimorbidity, and frailty in First Nations populations in Ontario. 37min. Last reviewed November 2018.

Indigenous communities and organizations are increasingly interested in accessing and using Indigenous data that may be held by governments, researchers and other entities. When used by Indigenous organizations, for Indigenous populations and through the lens of Indigenous knowledge, these data can be a powerful tool in the healing of Indigenous communities.

Jennifer Walker is a health services researcher and epidemiologist. She has Indigenous (Haudenosaunee) family roots and is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River. She has a PhD in Community Health Sciences (Epidemiology specialization) from the University of Calgary. Her work focuses on Indigenous use of Indigenous health and health services data across the life course, with a focus on older adults. She collaborates closely with Indigenous organizations and communities to address health information needs. Jennifer holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health at Laurentian University in the School of Rural and Northern Health. She is a Core Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She also holds appointments at the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, Health Sciences North Research Institute and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.