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MSD for Mothers, Alberta Health Services and Alberta Innovates Announce Program to Address Aboriginal Maternal Mortality


On Dec. 2, MSD for Mothers, together with Alberta Innovates and Alberta Health Services, launched a new program, "Innovation to Improve Access and Care Quality for Aboriginal Women in Alberta," to address maternal health needs in the indigenous communities of Alberta. With the help of a $1 million grant from MSD in Canada, through the MSD for Mothers program, and a $300,000 grant from Alberta Innovates, Alberta Health Services (AHS) will partner with MSD to develop the collaborative initiative to improve access to high quality care for aboriginal mothers in Maskwacis, Little Red River Cree Nation and inner-city Edmonton.

The communities will benefit from the new funding through enhanced quality of prenatal care closer to home, culturally grounded education and peer support in the weeks before and after birth, as well as improved care coordination and evaluation. Pride in Aboriginal culture, sharing of traditions and cultural wisdom will also be promoted to strengthen the overall care and support of Aboriginal mothers.