Indigenous Health and Wellness Team
The Indigenous Health and Wellness team is led by Dr. Alexandra King, a member of the Nipissing First Nation (Ontario), and by Dr. Malcolm King, a member of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, both from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SASK, Canada. This team focuses on improving the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of HF in Indigenous people living in Indigenous communities.
As outlined on the Translational Team, the CHF Alliance will help complete the GWAS and biomarker panel of the CAHHM First Nations Cohort and support the co-development of Indigenous co-identified priority projects, including the identification of high-risk individuals for HF.
In addition, the team has identified two priorities that will lead to project development. The first is to map the patient journey of Indigenous people living with HF, while the second is to improve access to care for patients diagnosed with HF/LV dysfunction by adaptating of the CANet VIRTUES and HOPE-HF trial program to a culturally safe and responsive model for Indigenous populations.
The Heart Failure - Indigenous People's Engagement and Research Council (HF-IPERC)
This work is closely linked with the HF-IPERC, which serves as a guiding circle to the network on matters of contextualization and adaptation, and on bringing Indigenous ways of knowing and doing research. As well, the HF-IPERC oversees the development of Indigenous data sovereignty guidelines, assisted by Indigenous scholars and community leaders.