Lou Demerais

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BACKGROUND We sought to estimate the prevalence and incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among Aboriginal young people who use drugs and to identify risk factors associated with HCV infection in this population. METHODS The Cedar Project is a longitudinal study involving Aboriginal young people living in Vancouver and Prince George, British(More)
The limitations of a needs orientation for aboriginal mental health planning are evaluated in terms of the discrepancy between First Nations and western medical paradigms of health. We propose an alternative approach that focuses on how aboriginal people conceptualize wellness and describe their strengths. This provides a focus for initiatives that promote(More)
This paper discusses issues related to the development of plans to improve the effectiveness of mental health services for urban First Nations people. The discussion focuses on emerging issues related to health care reform and regionalization. While it is impossible to make specific recommendations without reference to local conditions, developing an(More)
BACKGROUND Young Indigenous people, particularly those involved in the child welfare system, those entrenched in substance use and those living with HIV or hepatitis C, are dying prematurely. We report mortality rates among young Indigenous people who use drugs in British Columbia and explore predictors of mortality over time. METHODS We analyzed data(More)
BACKGROUND Despite successes in preventing and treating HIV, Indigenous people in Canada continue to face disproportionately high rates of HIV infection. Programs that support healing from lifetime trauma, support connection to culture, and reduce drug-related harms are critical to preventing HIV among young Indigenous people who use drugs. The Cedar(More)
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