Adapting Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related health promotional materials to meet the needs of Aboriginal Peoples in the City of Greater Sudbury, Ontario
Sharlene Webkamigad is an Anishnaabe-Kwe from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. Her contribution to Indigenous health has helped people across the lifespan from pregnancy through to palliative care. Sharlene is a Registered Nurse who has seen, first-hand, many aspects of health care, from strengths to areas for improvement. Her observations of gaps in care for older adults motivated her work in the delivery of health promotional materials for Indigenous peoples with Alzheimer’s and age-related dementias. Sharlene completed the Masters of Arts program in Interdisciplinary Health at Laurentian University as a CCNA Trainee.
As a student, Sharlene contributed a great wealth of knowledge towards projects for First Nations and Inuit Home and Community Care, the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, as well as her own project, which centered on developing culturally appropriate health promotion materials.
The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) is a collaborative initiative of Alzheimer Societies across Canada, their partners, and generous independent donors who support research directed at both preventing dementia and improving the lives of those affected by it. As a recipient of the ASRP Master`s Award, Sharlene conducted a research project to improve the quality of life for Indigenous people with dementia and their caregivers by addressing knowledge needs. Her research was funded by the Alzheimer Society, the Canadian Nurses Foundation, and the CCNA.
Learn more about Sharlene's education journey in this short film: The Journey
Sharlene started a PhD in Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian in September 2017, and her thesis will explore dementia in Indigenous communities with Dr. Jennifer Walker providing supervision and Dr. Carrie Bourassa as one of her committee members. Drs. Walker and Bourassa are CCNA investigators. Sharlene worked at Health Sciences North Research Institute prior to accepting a position with Dr. Jennifer Walker as a Research Associate at Laurentian University. Sharlene has also taken on the role of lead research manager for a grant related to Indigenous healthy life trajectories.
You can read Sharlene's thesis here.