One of the most important aspects of the ACHH Initiative is to share our findings with clinicians and students to improve how they communicate with, assess and treat Aboriginal children.
For Western-trained health care workers, incorporating Indigenous knowledge into their work in a Two-Eyed approach alone will be an eye-opening and rewarding experience. The Two-Eyed Seeing model has guided every aspect of the ACHH Initiative — from our team member selection to research questions, and how our research is designed and carried out.
This approach has given us strong insight into the role pain and hurt experiences play on the wellbeing of Aboriginal children, and has informed our work creating ways to improve pain care. We know clinicians will also benefit from the Two-Eyed approach, allowing them to get better and more accurate information from their patients, allowing them to offer the very best care.
Our educational initiatives include a new class taught to Dalhousie Health Professions students, a travelling art exhibit, displaying the collected artwork of Aboriginal children to hospitals and universities, and more.