December 15, 2020
DHB blind on how Maori communities access services
Bay of Plenty District Health Board is keen to work more closely with Māori communities to improve health outcomes.
It has received almost $300,000 in collaboration grants from the Health Research Council for a series of projects to integrate technology, promote wellbeing among Māori, and develop skills in kaupapa Māori research methods.
Research manager Charlie Stratton says they're looking for evidence that will improve delivery of services, especially for Māori and rural communities.
"There's a gap in our knowledge about how communities, especially rural communities and Māori communities in our region access health care systems, so the grants are really looking at how we can work with those communities to better the integrated health model," he says.
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