Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Local public health units in the province of Ontario, Canada, are often the primary source of health promotion and health education resources, but many do not provide programming specific to the Indigenous population. As of January 2018, modernization of the Ontario Public Health Standards requires public health units to work with the Indigenous population in providing culturally appropriate programs and services. The practice question guiding the capstone project was to determine what chronic disease and injury prevention programs exist that are culturally appropriate for the Indigenous population. The purpose of this project was to do an environmental scan and compile an inventory of existing health promotion programming that is culturally appropriate to the Indigenous population. In total, 72 Indigenous-specific programs were identified from the 26 organizations that were included in the environmental scan. Of the 26 organizations, 3 were public health units, 7 were Aboriginal health access centers, 7 were Indigenous friendship centers, 5 were Indigenous health organizations, and 4 were non-Indigenous organizations with an Indigenous component. Results from the capstone project will inform public health units of available, culturally appropriate programs that can be adapted to their local context, thereby addressing a significant gap in the current public health system. This doctoral project aligns with the design of a new model of care in the Ontario public health system and has the potential to address a gap in practice at both the local and provincial level by providing culturally appropriate guidance in the effective delivery of CDIP programming specific to the Indigenous population. This positive social change would impact the health status of this underserved population.