The vision of the REACH Program is to support community healthcare innovations that improve the prevention, management and understanding of diabetes, and that ultimately lead to closing the healthcare gap for Indigenous communities across Canada.
To achieve our vision, the REACH Program honours the principles of OCAP®, Participatory Action Research principles, and operates according to the following core principles:
Reciprocal relationships and meaningful collaborations with Indigenous community partners
CENTERING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
Centering local Indigenous Knowledge and worldview
Centering community-driven, community-centric and community-based programs
Centering community-driven innovations combining community programs and clinical services
LEARNING & ADAPTATION
Ongoing learning and adaptation of program processes
Address REACH Program, Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Western Centre for Public Health & Family Medicine, Western University, 1151 Richmond St., LONDON, ONTARIO N6A 3K7 Business Hours Monday — Friday 8am – 5pm EST
We acknowledge that Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Chonnonton Nations, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. With this, we respect the longstanding relationships that Indigenous Nations have to this land, as they are the original caretakers. We acknowledge historical and ongoing injustices that Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) endure in Canada, and we accept responsibility as a public institution to contribute toward revealing and correcting miseducation as well as renewing respectful relationships with Indigenous communities through our teaching, research and community service.