Indigenous model of care to health and social care workforce planning

Healthc Manage Forum. 2019 Jan;32(1):32-39. doi: 10.1177/0840470418809105. Epub 2018 Dec 4.


Indigenous people have always had the end in mind-a long range vision for the health and wellbeing of their families and communities. Creating Indigenous solutions-oriented approaches to strategic health and social care workforce planning is an essential component to the realization of self-determination and empowerment, accessible health services, community participation, and flexible approaches to care. This article suggests using an Indigenous "models of care" population health approach to health and social care workforce planning that takes a critical thinking, systems thinking, and design thinking approach using digital tools (eg, scenario planning and population health simulation). It also proposes to increase the number of Indigenous professionals through Indigenous partnership initiatives with professional groups and academic institutions. This article is written to encourage discussion on the use of a whole system approach to developing Indigenous models of health delivery and to inform strategic services and workforce planning.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Empowerment
  • Health Planning* / methods
  • Health Planning* / organization & administration
  • Health Services, Indigenous / organization & administration*
  • Health Workforce* / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American / ethnology*
  • Models, Organizational
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Social Welfare / ethnology*