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Mending Broken Hearts "Odayimann" Project

The purpose of this study is to help Indigenous women feel confident and capable in the self-management of their heart health and overall well-being by educating healthcare providers about Indigenous women’s lives and how they think about health and well-being. We also want to prevent young Indigenous women from developing heart disease and stroke. This is important because Indigenous people, and especially women, are more likely than other people in Canada to die from heart disease(1).


The information gathered in this project will be used to create an educational program that will be offered to healthcare providers and a workshop that will be offered to young Indigenous women. We hope that this training will help healthcare providers to improve their relationships with the Indigenous women that they provide care for. We expect that their patients will then both be encouraged and learn more about heart health and how they can manage their heart illness. We also hope that young Indigenous women will learn how to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Funding Sources: The Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health and Institute of Gender and Health, the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

1 Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (2018). 2018 Heart Report: Ms. Understood - Women’s hearts are victims of a system that is ill-equipped to diagnose, treat and support them. [online]

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