Indigenous Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (I-HeLTI)

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for more than 60% of deaths globally, and 80% of NCD deaths occur in countries that have experienced rapid changes in population demographics (2–4 generations) and environments, including urbanization, lifestyle changes, changes in dietFootnote 1. To address these issues, CIHR developed the Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI), which follows a Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)Footnote 2 approach. CIHR previously launched an International component of HeLTI in partnership with South Africa, China and India, countries that have experienced these rapid changes.

NCDs, such as diabetes/obesity and conditions related to mental wellness, are also a priority issue for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. As a result, Development Grants are being launched to bring interested First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous communities together for a workshop to inform the development of this initiative and scope how to build community participation in the development of an Indigenous focused DOHaD cohort. The workshop will provide an opportunity to address community readiness, priorities, research capacity, relationships with researchers, data capacity considerations, sex and gender considerations and governance.

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For more information about I-HeLTI, please contact:
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

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