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This is a joint news release between the Government of Yukon and the Council of Yukon First Nations.
Last week, representatives from the Government of Yukon, Yukon First Nations governments, the Chiefs Committee on Health, and the Health Transformation Advisory Committee visited Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska to learn about successful ways to work together to transform health care. The foundation is one of the world’s leading experts in health system transformation.
During the visit, Yukon officials learned from the Native-owned healthcare organization about the Nuka System of Care developed by the foundation. The system supports almost 70,000 Alaska Native and American Indian customer-owners with taking control of their health and wellness. The system is guided by the values and preferences of the customers and takes care to prioritize their health needs.
The organization’s success in building relationships, integrating care teams and shared decision-making with Indigenous communities offered valuable lessons that will support the group’s work in implementing the recommendations of the Putting People First report and the creation of Yukon’s new health authority, Shä̀w Kwä̀ ’a/Health and Wellness Yukon/ Santé et mieux-être Yukon.
The Nuka System of Care offers community-centered and Indigenous-led approaches to working with partners to create meaningful healthcare transformation. While the Yukon context is unique, the opportunity to learn from the foundation will aid in evolving the structures and relationships needed to deliver collaborative, culturally-safe and inclusive health care and social services.
Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee
The Southcentral Foundation’s Nuka System of Care in Alaska serves as an inspiring model to inform what is possible as we approach transformation of our healthcare system in the Yukon. By placing Alaska Native people at the center as ‘customer-owners,’ this system demonstrates the power of self-determination in health care. Let us learn from their vision, mission, and operational principles to prioritize physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness in reimagining healthcare in the Yukon.
Chair Chiefs Committee on Health Pauline Frost
Communications, Council of Yukon First Nations