Social Justice and Health Equity

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  • Title: Social Justice and Health Equity: Urban Aboriginal Women’s Action for Health Reform
  • Author(s): Donna L. M. Kurtz, deSales Turner, Jessie Nyberg, Diana Moar
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Health, Wellness & Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society
  • Keywords: Health System Change, Health, Interdisciplinary, Exclusion, Aboriginal/Indigenous Health, Indigenous Knowledge/Methodology, Community Based Research
  • Volume: 3
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2014
  • ISSN: 2156-8960 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2156-9053 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v03i04/41081
  • Citation: Kurtz, Donna L. M., deSales Turner, Jessie Nyberg, and Diana Moar. 2014. "Social Justice and Health Equity: Urban Aboriginal Women’s Action for Health Reform." The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society 3 (4): 13-26. doi:10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v03i04/41081.
  • Extent: 14 pages

Abstract

Urban Aboriginal women face ongoing racist and discriminatory practices within the Canadian health care system. This community-based, Indigenous-led study used locally developed Indigenous methodology and cultural traditions such as Talking Circles to provide culturally safe spaces for urban Aboriginal women living in western Canada to share their health care experience and visions for health care reform with health care providers, educators, and policy makers. The women identified social exclusion based on physical appearance, race, gender, and being “marked” as having an impact on all aspects of life including education, health, and human and Aboriginal rights. As co-researchers, their collective vision strategies for non-racist, non-discriminatory health care delivery included interdisciplinary curriculum development and delivery, academic forums, and education of health professionals and students, some of which they are currently involved in. Their vision and recommendations for social justice reform are offered to assist those interested in working towards a better future for Indigenous people.