Using Data To Make A Difference For Indigenous People

In October, Dr Kahu McClintock and Rachel McClintock from Te Rau Matatini’s Te Kīwai Rangahau team (Intelligence, Information, Research & Evaluation) attended the International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement (IGIHM) meeting.  This year the venue was the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and had invitees attend from Australia, Canada, the United States of America, and Aotearoa.  The IGIHM meetings provide a forum for indigenous researchers concerned with the quality and use of Indigenous health data to share their work and strategies for using data to improve health outcomes for indigenous people.  Innovative and groundbreaking work specific to suicide prevention and cancer was presented by indigenous researchers in collaboration with indigenous communities. As part of the programme, Kahu gave an overview of the findings from the Waka Hourua Māori Community Initiatives. Indigenous researchers from Canada and Australia have expressed a desire to collaboratively work with Te Rau Matatini on the development of an Indigenous Wellbeing Measurement.  So watch this space.