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Addressing the causes of Indigenous vulnerability to pandemics—not just the symptoms

Many have rightfully called for decisive government action to ensure that Indigenous communities have essential resources to respond to COVID-19. In response to the immediate needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, the federal government announced $305 million for a distinctions-based Indigenous Communities Support Fund. Only time will tell how effective the fund will be in empowering communities to deal with the crisis.

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Value-based healthcare Canada data repository

Publicly accessible information and data are core tenants of value-based healthcare (VBHC) to help build transparent health systems. To that end, VBHC Canada developed an interactive data repository that highlights innovative VBHC activity across the country.

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One age-old strategy for preventing the spread of a virus is to quarantine people at-risk of becoming infected or who are known to be infected. If it’s unclear who may be at risk, then community-targeted quarantines may be enforced, as well as self-quarantine efforts. There is a lot of advice available online and in the media for how to protect against catching a virus like COVID-19.