Around the Rheum

Around the Rheum

Episode 26: Indigenous Health Part 3 - Remote Communities with Cynthia Munger

November 07, 2022

In this episode, we continue our series of conversations on an important topic, Indigenous Health in Canada. Today, we will focus on the care of patients with rheumatic disease who live in remote communities. We will be visiting with Cynthia Munger, Community Health Representative at the Stellat'en First Nation in northern British Columbia, for a discussion on what remote communities are looking for in their relationship with visiting doctors, how to win the trust of First Nation communities to best serve patients there, and what the experience is like for visiting doctors who commit to this kind of work.

For this conversation, our host Daniel Ennis is joined by his friend and colleague Dr. Brent Ohata, a rheumatologist at UBC. Brent is passionate about Indigenous Health and health equity and has been working as a visiting rheumatologist in Stellat'en First Nation for the past ~8 years. In 2017, Brent won the Innovation Award in the UBC Division of Rheumatology for championing telehealth as a means of improving access to rheumatologic care in rural BC. 

Dr. Daniel Ennis is a Rheumatologist and Vasculitis Specialist at the University of British Columbia.

Around The Rheum (ATR) is produced by the CRA Communications Committee. A special thank you to the podcast team, Dr. Dax G. Rumsey (CRA Communications Committee Chair), Dr. Daniel Ennis (Host), and David McGuffin (Producer, Explore Podcast Productions) for leading production.

Our theme music is by Aaron Fontwell.

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