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Ontario Supports Health Research In The North

McGuinty Government Invests In New Research Chair At Northern Medical School

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is teaming up with the province and the Heart and Stroke Foundation to improve the health of Aboriginal people and rural residents.

The government and the Foundation will each invest $1.5 million to establish an endowed Chair in Aboriginal and Rural Health at the school.

The Research Chair would be the first of its kind in Canada, helping to identify the health needs of Aboriginal and rural communities and raising health awareness in remote communities.

Research has shown that people from First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities are more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes and are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than the general population.

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“The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is helping to develop tomorrow's health care leaders and this investment will put it at the forefront of population health and health awareness activities.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“This investment is part of our government's commitment to helping families in Sudbury and across the North lead healthier, more active lives.”

Rick Bartolucci

MPP for Sudbury

“We have a stronger Ontario when all residents, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit have improved access to better health. This initiative is a positive step in that direction.”

Michael Bryant

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

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