In recognition of the importance of building a culturally safe health care system and building on the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in 2018 AHS mandated that all staff complete either the eight, e-learning modules or the in-person workshop.
To further incentivize participation, these courses have recently been accredited by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta and the Alberta College of Family Physicians to provide continuing medical learning (CME) credits to support medical professionals working for and with Alberta Health Services. Completion of the eight e-learning modules (certificate program) provides six CME credits, while the face-to-face workshops provide three CME credits.
AHS has set a goal of achieving 100% completion by October 31 and many areas of the organization are on-track to achieve this goal. For example, Emergency Medical Services has reached an impressive 92% completion rate.
However, we have identified other areas with lower completion rates, including physicians, whose completion rate stands at just 4.9%. We recognize the immense strain being placed on physicians throughout this pandemic and understand that taking on yet another obligation is challenging. We do strongly encourage physicians to plan to take the ICCE offerings before October 31.
As the principal health care provider in Alberta, the Indigenous Wellness Core (IWC) would like to invite all physicians to participate in AHS’s required Indigenous learning. This education provides insight and understanding of the historical relationship Indigenous people have with the health care system and Canada. It is through this education that we gain a greater sense of understanding about the inter-generational trauma and the historical atrocities that contribute to the negative social determinants of health we witness in some Indigenous populations.
Finally, in order to ensure ongoing quality improvement and innovation, the ICCE team continues to rely on the advice of the Wisdom Council and the ICCE Scientific Committee that is comprised of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous physicians and health care professionals.
In addition, the IWC is currently partnered with Alberta Health and researchers from the University of Calgary in a Health Evidence Review (HER) to seek out evidence on successful interventions in the areas of cultural competency, safety, and anti-racism, implementation considerations and measuring impact. These lessons will form the foundation of future innovations in ICCE in the years to come.
For more information
Required Indigenous Learning Courses | Insite (albertahealthservices.ca)
We look forward to your participation and supporting the health outcomes of all patients and clients accessing your professional care through Alberta Health Services.
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