First Nations Health Consortium

About the First Nations Health Consortium: Jordan’s Principle Service Coordination (in progress):

The Enhanced Service Coordination model provided by First Nations health, education and social services provides supports to families in accessing services to First Nations children under Jordan’s Principle; a child-first principle intended to ensure that First Nations children do not experience discriminatory service gaps. In 2016 research funding was awarded to the four Alberta First Nations health organizations that comprise the First Nations Health Consortium (Bigstone Health Commission, Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council, Maskwacis Health Services, and Siksika Nation) to document the development of the Enhanced Service Coordination model, and evaluate the program's strengths and challenges, as well service outcomes. The ultimate goal of this project is to understand how the Enhanced Service Coordination service model assists Alberta’s First Nations children and families with Jordan's Principle cases, and how the service model can be improved and expanded. 

Investigators: Vandna Sinha, Professor, McGill University | Luna Vives, Assistant Professor, University of Montreal. 

Research Team: Alison Gerlach | Tyson Kelsall | Portia Larlee | Kathryn Chadwick | Roberto Nieto. 

Funding: First Nations Health Consortium.

    This two-year project (2017-19) is comprised of two main research components: 

    2. A qualitative process evaluation component using focus groups, semi-structured interviews, document review, and participant observation to understand the model, it's implementation and policy changes needed improve service delivery.

    1. A quantitative case tracking component using the First Nations Health Consortium administrative data to yield a detailed, descriptive portrait of the cases handled by service coordinators.