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A co-op for better, culturally appropriate health interventions

To nurses, Indigenous Elders, physicians and other clinical care staff in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), inequality in the medical system was clear. To promote equality and provide culturally-informed quality healthcare, a team came together to create Kilala Lelum (Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative).

This health co-op “aims to address all aspects of health and wellbeing through [its] Elder-led services” and represents a united vision to promote health equity and wellness to members of DTES.

Kilala Lelum partners Indigenous Elders with physicians and allied health professionals to provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care to the community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.” The co-op enables community members to participate in the enterprise, something that’s critical for achieving the organization’s aim of ensuring all members feel valued and play a pivotal role in achieving the organization’s goals.

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