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Program ID: Innovation Anthology #892
Program Date: 08/15/2017
Program Category: Aboriginal , Alberta, Health and Medicine

Reg Joseph: Merck for Mothers


Alberta Innovates has partnered with Merck for Mothers to help improve the health of women in Alberta’s indigenous communities.

Merck for Mothers is a global, non-profit organization started by the pharmaceutical company Merck.

Communities participating in the two year project for mothers include Maskwacis, Little Red River, and  Edmonton's inner city Boyle-McCauley district.

Reg Joseph is Vice President of Health at Alberta Innovates.

REG JOSEPH   In any community um having strong mothers demonstrates the resiliency of that community.  Mothers are the ones who look after the community, look after their children and often look after the elderly.  So the programming  is really saying what are the capacities that we need to build in the community to support mothers in terms of their ability to feed their communities, and to maintain the health, both in terms of physical and mental health, of their community.  

According to Reg Joseph, one goal is to ensure pregnant woman can give birth in their home communities, rather than having to travel to acute care hospitals in the city.

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I'M CHERYL CROUCHER

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