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Call for Aboriginal Advisory Group Members (Volunteer)--Addressing Smoke Free Homes for Aboriginal Families, Best Start Resource Centre, Health Nexus

Ontario
Deadline August 26, 2011

The rate of smoking in First Nations populations is a serious health concern, as is the number of First Nations children exposed to second-hand smoke in their homes. There is a need for culturally relevant tools to address second-hand smoke in First Nations populations, particularly in regards to pregnant women and young children.

The Best Start Resource Centre, a key program of Health Nexus, a non-profit bilingual organization dedicated to promoting health in Ontario, is currently seeking Aboriginal peoples to act as part of an expert advisory group focused on promoting smoke free homes for First Nations families with young children. This project is being funded through Health Canada’s Tobacco Control Program.

The purpose of this project is to produce a video and training manual for service providers working with First Nations families with young children and pregnant women. There are three main objectives to this project:

  • To raise awareness on the negative health effects of second-hand smoke on young children.
  • To raise awareness of the negative social impact of smoking on families and friends.
  • To provide strategies that will reduce exposure of pregnant women and young children to second-hand smoke.

The video would meet the needs of service providers working with First Nations families with young children and pregnant women, and respect the cultural practices of First Nations people around tobacco. The video would be an additional tool to address the high rates of smoking and second hand smoke in First Nations populations.

Advisory group members will be asked to participate in 3 to 4 meetings (via teleconference) where they will be asked to offer both professional and traditional advice, expertise and knowledge on promoting smoke free homes in Aboriginal families with young children and pregnant women.

If you are interested in participating in this Aboriginal advisory group, or know someone who is interested or might be of help with this work please contact:

Laurie Hermiston, Aboriginal Health Promotion Consultant
Best Start Resource Centre, Health Nexus.
1-800-397-9567 ext 2236
l.hermiston@healthnexus.ca

Advisory members being considered for this project until August 26th, 2011.