CFHI and FNHMA renew partnership agreement for First Nations health

September 24, 2019, Ottawa (unceded traditional territory of Algonquin Anishinaabeg people) – The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and First Nations Health Managers Association today announced that they have renewed their partnership agreement focused on advancing First Nations health, sharing interests in health system improvement and capacity development for First Nations leaders and communities, and working toward reconciliation for First Nations health.

Extending to March 31, 2021, the new agreement identifies three areas for collaboration:

  • Information sharing and capacity development: developing and delivering information, knowledge, training and development services that benefit people served by both organizations
  • Health system initiatives: enhancing relationships between First Nations communities and provincial-territorial health systems to enable cultural safety and humility in health systems
  • Health leadership initiatives: supporting the continued development of leaders in First Nations health and fostering shared learnings of health system leaders across Canada
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(L to R) Jennifer Zelmer (CFHI President and CEO), Patricia Thomson (FNHMA President) and Marion Crowe (FNHMA CEO) sign partnership agreement in the presence of Board members and staff.

“CFHI honours the key role of FNHMA as a leader and expert in First Nations health systems leadership and capacity development,” said Jennifer Zelmer, CFHI President and CEO. “Enshrined in our refreshed corporate strategy is a commitment to be guided by the perspectives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in enabling cultural safety and humility in health systems, and this partnership will foster the shared learning and enhanced relationships crucial to this work.”

“FNHMA is excited to renew our partnership with CFHI,” said Marion Crowe, CFNHM, CAFM, CEO of FNHMA. “This partnership allows us to continue our collective journeys in health excellence and leadership. We value the working relationship we have with CFHI and it is one of reciprocal respect and benefit.”

CFHI and FNHMA share a vision of Canada where we are working together toward reconciliation and addressing issues of health equity. We share a vision of First Nations knowledge and models of wellness based in community and culture.

About CFHI
The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement supports partners to accelerate the identification, spread, and scale of proven healthcare innovations. We work shoulder-to-shoulder with you to improve health and care for everyone in Canada. CFHI is committed to be guided by the perspectives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, foster shared learning and enhanced relationships that enable cultural safety and humility in health systems. Together, we can shape better healthcare for everyone in Canada: better patient experience, population health, work life of healthcare providers and value-for-money – now and in the future.

CFHI is a not-for-profit organization funded by Health Canada.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada. CFHI acknowledges its office in Ottawa is situated on the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people.

About FNHMA
FNHMA is responsible for providing training, certification, and professional development opportunities in First Nations health management and serves the needs of individuals working for or aspiring to health manager positions with First Nations organizations. The FNHMA offers a certification program leading to the Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM) professional designation. In addition, FNHMA provides opportunities for knowledge sharing and access to ongoing professional development to increase knowledge and help graduates achieve their peak professional growth. FNHMA is committed to excellence in expanding health management capacity for First Nations organizations.