What is Stand Up for Indigenous Health?
‘Stand Up for Indigenous Health’ is an immersive, simulation-based tool for teaching the Indigenous social determinants of health to health care providers. By learning about these complex social factors using an immersive approach, students will feel connected to the stories of Indigenous people in Canada and their lived experiences of resilience, poverty, racism and other forms of social inequity. This, in turn, can promote the cultural empathy needed to provide safe intercultural health care.
During the Stand Up for Indigenous Health simulation, participants are placed in the role of an Indigenous person in Canada from an urban, rural or remote setting. In this role, they must undergo a job hiring process, and interact and make decisions around challenging scenarios. These scenarios are related to social determinants of Indigenous health specific to the participant’s assigned identity and geographic living situation. For example, participants may face a scenario where they have to decide if they will use their limited funds to pay their hydro bill or purchase food for their family.
The latter portion of the workshop consists of a facilitated discussion on the challenges faced by Indigenous people in Canada and on public policy that leads to a healthy and equitable society. The entire simulation and discussion is led by trained medical students referred to as “Change Agents”.