Métis health and well-being are at the forefront of every initiative developed by our Department of Health. Gathering information on the health of Métis Albertans is essential to creating and advancing relevant programs and services for our community; therefore, we strive and advocate for resources to assist us in collecting this essential information.
Public health surveillance means the collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data to understand changes in health over time. Sources of health-related data may include surveys, vital statistics, administrative records, and disease registries. Public health surveillance is important to identify health trends in specific populations, such as Métis Albertans, and inform further research, interventions, and policies aimed at improving health and well-being.
In 2010, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) and Alberta Health signed an Information Sharing Agreement to facilitate the collect of de-identified administrative health data for Métis Albertans in order to get a deeper understanding of the health outcomes and overall well-being of our citizens. This Information Sharing Agreement is foundational to the MNA’s public health surveillance activities which focus on the creation of epidemiologic reports.
To learn more about the Information Sharing Agreement click here.
Current Research Projects
We are currently conducting several research projects as an effort to better understand and advocate for Métis-specific programs and services. Below is a list of our current research projects:
Health Research Reports
In partnership with the Analytics and Performance Reporting Branch of Alberta Health and academic partners at the University of Alberta, the MNA has developed the following epidemiologic reports:
- Health Status of the Métis Population of Alberta
- Epidemiological and Health Services Indicators of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease among Métis in Alberta
- Cancer Incidence and Mortality among the Métis Population of Alberta
- Injuries among Members of the Métis Nation of Alberta
- Diabetes amongst the Métis Nation of Alberta
- The Burden of Hypertension and Heart Disease amongst the Métis Nation of Alberta
These reports demonstrate Métis people in Alberta have a unique health profile distinct from non-Métis Albertans.
For More Information About our Research you can reach out to us through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (780) 455-2200 Ext. 249.