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Dr. Jeff Reading.
Indigenous Wellness + Reconciliation

First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness


St. Paul’s continues its role as health care innovator by partnering with the First Nations Health Authority and Simon Fraser University (SFU) to establish the first position of its kind in Western Canada: the First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness at St. Paul’s.

Dr. Jeff Reading, a leading international expert in Indigenous health, has been introduced as the inaugural Chair.

Dr. Reading, who is a Mohawk from the Tyendinaga First Nation in Ontario, brings more than two decades of experience in enhancing knowledge in Indigenous health issues—both in Canada and globally.

As Chair, Dr. Reading will lead research to develop health promotion strategies that encompass cultural and spiritual considerations, and focus on the root causes of poor health outcomes for First Nations.

“This Chair at St. Paul’s and SFU is a brilliant opportunity to establish timely access to strengths-based, preventative and wellness-focused treatment and care for First Nations communities,” says Dr. Reading.

This new position will be the first in Western Canada to offer a holistic focus on cardiac health of First Nations, and will drive research to improve First Nations’ health outcomes. To support the establishment of this new Chair represents an historic giving opportunity for friends of St. Paul’s, and a chance to create a province-wide impact and legacy.

How you can help

Your gift today to help St. Paul’s Foundation reach its $1 million fundraising goal will help with the establishment of this historic Chair. Friends of St. Paul’s have an opportunity to play a role in fomenting the long term growth and development of health care for First Nations communities and to create a new era of health care in BC.

Please support this exciting initiative that will help so many.

Thank you.