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Who we are.

What is iCON Indigenous?

Established in 2007, the interCultural Online Health Network (iCON) is a community-driven health promotion initiative that brings together health practitioners and multicultural communities to provide culturally relevant health information for the prevention and management of chronic diseases. In 2010, with the support of the Ministry of Health Patients as Partners Initiative, iCON expanded to include activities to advance culturally safe care for Indigenous communities. These efforts have focused on engaging communities, patients, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers in dialogues to advance culturally safe care, and ways to meet the Call to Action #22 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients.

In addition to iCON Indigenous, the iCON team also works with local community healthcare providers, community members, caregivers, community organizations, government, and media to support patients, families and community members in chronic disease education, prevention and management. Click here to learn more about other iCON initiatives and events.

What we do

In collaborations with Vancouver Coastal Health, First Nations Health Authority, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Vancouver Physicians Staff Association and Indigenous communities across BC, iCON continues to develop platforms and resources to advance culturally safe care for Indigenous communities.

Partnership & collaboration

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Mission

  • Promote health and wellness
  • Prevent chronic disease
  • Empower patients with information and skills to manage health
  • Close gap on health disparities
  • Improve patient navigation and health services accessibility
  • Foster culturally sensitive healthcare
  • Build awareness of digital tools to support self-management

Values

Collaboration

Working together to support patient-centered care.

Community responsiveness

Programming that is responsive to the needs of communities it serves.

Integrity

Continuous evaluation to ensure improvement and excellence.

Diversity

Embracing cultural diversity in health care. Fostering cultural safety and open dialogue in health care.

Impact

Empowering patients to achieve better health outcomes.

Our team at iCON Indigenous

Dr. Kendall Ho, MD FRCPC

Executive Director of ICON

Anne-Marie Jamin

Project Coordinator

Suzanne Ng

Researcher

Jo-Anne Rockwood

Event Coordinator

Get Involved

Volunteer Benefits

  • Gain knowledge regarding prevention, self-management, and treatment of chronic diseases
  • Gain experience in engaging the public in interactive health event
  • Gain knowledge and experience in methods of evaluating health events
  • Be part of a team dedicated to providing health education to Indigenous, Chinese, and South Asian communities throughout the province
  • A letter of recognition with documentation of the total number of volunteer hours will be issued following completion of the volunteer commitment
  • Meet some great people!