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Survey of breastfeeding support services in North America: part 2
Provides a listing of breasteeding support services in North America, and supplementary materials, including breastfeeding information sheets and samples of survey questionnaires, are included in the appendices.
Published: 1994
Summary report on current nursing workplace issues and best practices in Aboriginal communities. Final report, March 2002
Identifies nursing workplaces issues in Aboriginal communities, focussing on issues characterised as common and persistent within the national scope. Examines these issues and associated best practices solutions under 5 categories: leadership; partnerships; resource adequacy for client services; information management; and, human resources. Notes importance of community leaders' developing communication; surmises that, while communication was not identified as an issue, it is an underlying factor behind most workplace issues. Emphasises importance of developing best practice solutions to nursing issues, guided by more evidence-based, peer-reviewed research. Highlights need for respect of the health of nurses, who are becoming more scarce in, and yet are bearing more responsibility as primary care givers for ensuring and improving the health of, Aboriginal communities.
Published: 2002
Entitlements and health services for First Nations and Métis women in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Aboriginal groups have unique cultures with different languages and traditions that influence self-identify, and should not be thought of as a homogeneous group. Furthermore, this confusion of terms has particular implications in the realm of health care, because terminology, identity and legal status have direct bearing on who receives what health benefits. More often than not, when
looking at health services, it is more suitable to recognize the differences between First Nations, Métis and Inuit women.
This paper was written for both health researchers and policy-makers to examine the legal entitlements for health care services, clarify the terminology, and most importantly to demonstrate how they affect the women seeking health services. This understanding can then be taken into account in new research and policy development. In keeping with Prairie Women’s Health Centre
of Excellence’s mandate, specific to Manitoba and Saskatchewan, this paper is focused in those two provinces. The discussion in this paper focuses on First Nations and Métis people, who comprise the vast majority of Aboriginal people in the two provinces.

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Published: August 2007
An exploration of health-related impacts of the erosion of agriculturally focused support programs for farm women in Saskatchewan

Federal and provincial farm women's support has been eroding in recent years. Until this research, there had been no systematic examination of this support and its erosion. In this Participatory Action Research (PAR), initiated by the Saskatchewan Women's Agricultural Network (SWAN), the researchers explored five major components related to the erosion of farm women's support programs in Saskatchewan:

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Gender in tuberculosis research

Research clarifying the role of gender in tuberculosis control is concerned with specific sociocultural, socioeconomic, and structural barriers affecting men and women, as distinct from sex-based differences in the biological vulnerability affecting epidemiology and pathophysiology of pulmonary TB. This review examines various studies in the literature of health and social science research and recent innovative studies undertaken by WHO/TDR (WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases).

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Published: January 2004
Across the road: understanding the differences in health services available to First Nations and Métis Women - policy brief

Explains the history of the differences in legal entitlements to health services for First Nations and Métis women. Summarizes the report Entitlements and Health Services for First Nations and Métis Women in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

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Published: November 2008
Not quite a refuge: refugee women in canada

This article speaks to experiences of refugee women in Canada. Barriers for refugee women seeking health care and social services. Describes inadequacies of services for refugee women and how they can be improved. 

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Published: 1988