Regional Health Survey (RHS)
Manitoba First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Chiefs Task Force on Health (CTFoH), and AMC Health Information Research Governance Committee (HIRGC) are pleased to report the Manitoba First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey (MFN RHS 2008/10) data collection phase wrapped up by March 31, 2010.
The RHS is the first and only survey of indigenous people by indigenous people anywhere in the world, and is supported by Chiefs in Assembly in Manitoba and all Regions as the First Nations survey of choice. In the mid 1990s, the First Nations Regional Health Directors who developed RHS also developed the Traditional Code of Ethics, the cultural framework for interpretation, and the First Nations OCAP principles, that First Nations have Ownership, Control, Access and Possession of their own data.
The MFN RHS 2008/09 is a follow-up to the 1997/98 RHS and 2002/03 RHS that were conducted across Canada, with the overall objective of developing a better understanding of the many important factors that determine the health of First Nations children, youth and adults. The MFN RHS 2008/09 survey includes three unique surveys to address the health of Children, Youth and Adults. The surveys cover such areas as Health conditions and behaviours, Diabetes, Women’s Health, Disabilities, and Residential Schools, among others.
The MFN RHS team worked closely with First Nations Health Directors to find and hire Community Interviewers in their own communities to conduct the survey interviews, training them in using computer-assisted-personal-interviewing technology and the how-to of surveys. Data was collected between July 2008 and March 2010.
The 35 participating First Nations in Manitoba, collected more than 80% of our sample of 4448. This reflects a wide range of First Nation communities, large, medium and small populations, north to south, east to west, isolated and accessible, from all tribal council areas and all five language territories.
The 2002/03 RHS data is in the process of being transferred from the University of Manitoba to the MFN Regional Health Server housed at AMC. Aggregate (totalled) data will then be returned to First Nations using the data returning protocols to ensure the data and the confidentiality of the individuals is protected. The MFN RHS will provide training sessions and support for First Nations in analyzing and utilizing their RHS data. The data will be used most effectively when rolled up in the larger numbers of Tribal Council, regional, and national reports.
MFNs regional data will join all other regions to produce the national report, by March 2011, and our MFNs Regional report is expected to be ready at that time. The MFN RHS team will be training MFNs staff to analyze the data at all levels, and regional data can be analyzed through access controlled by the Health Information Research Governance Committee. More information will be available at each AMC Chiefs Assembly and updates to MFNs and on the internet:
The MFN Regional Health Survey (RHS) Report (2002/03) was published in January 2007, and is available online here through the AMC website.
The National Report, First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS) 2002/03, and RHS Reports from other Regions in Canada are available online at http://www.rhs-ers.ca
To learn more about the RHS, you can visit the main website at http://www.rhs-ers.ca.