New PaCER Graduates Sowing the Seeds of Change

Indigenous PaCER graduates from across Alberta (some travelling from northern communities evacuated by fire) presented their reports on patient experiences with Cancer prevention, screening and lived experience in the Cancer System at the recent Alberta Population, Public and Indigenous Health (PPIH) Strategic Clincial Network (SCN) core committee meetings.

This SCN received grant funding from Alberta Health to focus work on cancer prevention and screening in Indigenous, First Nations and Metis communities. Some of these funds were used to build PaCER capacity across the province. There were 4 groups (12 student Interns) who completed the PaCER certificate program – the first graduates of this program delivered through the University of Calgary’s Continuing Education. Each group of PaCER Interns was from 4 parts of the province - Northern Alberta, Edmonton, Calgary and South Zone. 

Their peer-to-peer research project presentations were received with standing ovations. The patient stories highlighted in their data spoke to difficult truths of their experiences across the continuum highlighting challenges for Indigenous people navigating the Alberta healthcare system. Their reports included recommendations for improvement and opportunities to work in a co-designed manner on better approaches to screening, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and support throughout the Cancer Journey.

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PaCER Certificate Program Graduates: advocates for excellence in healthcare.