TNDMS - The National Diabetes Management Strategy
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SOAR - Pathway to Wellness


SOAR Overview Video

SOAR Overview Video

The SOAR – Pathway to Wellness Program seeks to improve the health and health equity of Indigenous peoples by working with communities and organizations as equal partners in a community-driven, community-paced and culturally-relevant program aimed at strengthening the effectiveness and scalability of a promising Quality Improvement (QI) program that fosters community-initiated innovations to improve diabetes management and prevention in First Nations Communities.

Program objectives include:

  • Engage community partners and key stakeholders to support meaningful participation and leadership
  • Review, improve and adapt the diabetes quality improvement strategy with community partners
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the adapted diabetes quality improvement strategy
  • Develop community-driven plans for sustainability and scale-up for the adapted diabetes quality improvement strategy

Community-based champions called Facilitators and Data Keepers will be  trained to provide leadership and support to community-based quality improvement teams to make priority improvements to diabetes programs/services and clinical care. The 18-month quality improvement intervention includes:

  • educational workshops on diabetes and quality improvement
  • support, communication, and coaching for action planning and quality improvement
  • readiness consultation tools
  • diabetes registry & surveillance system
  • diabetes boot camp

An evaluation consisting of interviews and questionnaires may be used to understand the process of adapting the diabetes quality improvement strategy to each community’s context and factors that influence the program’s success. The timely program will provide community leaders and knowledge-users with policy recommendations and a quality improvement strategy that can be implemented, sustained and spread to Indigenous community settings and regions across Canada and internationally.


Please click on the name of the Community to take you to their website.

sheshatshiu Innu First Nation

This research program has been generously supported by the following: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and AstraZeneca Canada Inc.


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