REACH is a quality improvement program that centers Indigenous knowledge, healthcare self-determination, and community priorities to support better diabetes care.
REACH creates space for innovative approaches to make changes that matter!
Indigenous Community Partners
Healthcare Professionals Trained
VIRTUAL QI WORKSHOPS
Three online QI Workshops delivered over 12 months. Committed time to review local priorities and develop plans for testing new ideas.This is some text inside of a div block.
Focused time between QI Workshops to test new ideas, make adjustments, and see what works and what does not.
A hub of training materials for every participant role in the program. Learn at your own pace.
A baseline snapshot of current local healthcare initiatives and systems. The results are intended for creating shared understanding and identifying local priorities.
COACHING & SUPPORT
Provision of dedicated support and coaching from our staff. We’re here to assist you every step of the way.
Partnering Indigenous communities saw benefits for people with poorly-controlled type 2 diabetes:
REDUCTION in blood pressure and LDL cholesterol
REDUCTION in A1c
INCREASED measuring for A1c, blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol
INCREASED screening for diabetes nephropathy
INCREASE in clients receiving Canadian guideline recommended care services
HOW WE GOT HERE
FORGE AHEAD PROGRAM
We partnered with eleven First Nations communities across six provinces to test out the QI approach. We journeyed together over five years. Community partners were involved in developing the initial program, testing the tools, and providing feedback
This program leveraged the findings from the FORGE AHEAD program and four First Nations tested the adapted versions of the processes and QI tools.
what people have to say about us
"The clients really, really liked it. They were able to generate graphs from it, able to show them okay you're doing better back here than you are now. What changed, what have you been doing differently?"
"I liked them [PDSAs] because they were organized. We got to pick our battle kind of and how we were going to fix it and plans and then we could revisit what we did..."
"The impact of FORGE AHEAD. I would say that it will have a good impact because of the simple fact that it has helped us really evaluate what we're doing for our diabetic clients and then why we're doing it..."