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International Meeting

​​The Internation​​al Meeting on Indigenous Child Health (IMICH), held every two years, focuses on innovative clinical care models and community-based public health approaches for children and youth in First Nations, Inuit, Métis, American Indian, Alaska Native and other Indigenous communities around the world.

Co-hosted by the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics, this meeting brings together health care providers and researchers working with children, youth and families in American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nations, Inuit, Métis and other Indigenous communities. Participants share model programs and research, learn about prevalent health problems, and acquire practical skills for use in community settings. Opportunities to share knowledge and support one another's efforts, to network and develop partnerships are built into the program.

The conference organizers represent Aboriginal and Native American organizations in Canada, the United States, Central and South America.

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At the end of the co​​nference, p​​articipants will be able to:

  • Apply new skills and insights about the determinants of Indigenous health to benefit children, youth and communities.
  • Work with others toward achieving health equity for Indigenous children, youth and communities.
  • Apply an enhanced understanding of culturally competent care and the role of traditional health and healing practices in Indigenous communities.
  • Identify the links between the environment and the health of Indigenous children, youth and their communities.
  • Engage new networks to share best practices and learn from community-based initiatives.

W​​ho sho​​uld attend?

  • Paediatricians and family physicians
  • Residents and medical students
  • Nurse practitioners and physician assistants
  • Nurses and other health care professionals
  • Clinical researchers
  • Tribal, state, and federal public health employees
  • Child advocates
  • Community leaders/Elders
  • Other professionals and family representatives dedicated to working with Indigenous children and families

Topic are​a​​​​​s include:

  • Advocacy
  • Behavioral health
  • Cancer
  • Community participatory research 
  • Cultural/Traditional health
  • Epigenetics
  • Healthy communities/Environmental health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Injury prevention
  • International health
  • Maternal-child health
  • Nutrition/Obesity/Diabetes/Food sovereignty
  • Oral health
  • Skill Building
  • Social determinants of health
  • Substance abuse/Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder​
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