The Power of Data visits Kahnawake First Nation

It’s official! RHS Phase 3 data collection has wrapped up in the Quebec Region with nearly 3,000 surveys -- or 96.3 percent of their national sample target – collected as of May 1. Hearty congratulations to our diligent and hard-working Regional Partners at the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) who really gave it their all over the past year.  

A big part of Quebec’s success with the RHS can be attributed to their innovative approach to working with communities to reach mutual goals. And a perfect example of this took place in the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake, just outside of Montreal, Quebec, where the FNQLHSSC helped blaze a new trail when it comes to RHS data collection.

Last year, following months of negotiations, Kahnawake became the first community in the nearly 20-year history of the RHS to assume responsibility for the First Nations survey process within their community.  

Since then Kahnawake has been leading the charge with every aspect of RHS data collection, including sampling, Fieldworker recruitment, community engagement, and survey deployment — all tasks that are historically handled by the FNQLHSSC.

It’s an impressive feat and one that clearly has paid off; as of May 1st Kahnawake had collected 612 of their target of 616 surveys – that’s 99.4 percent! An amazing accomplishment and proof that working closely with communities and responding to their needs, can yield concrete results.

In fact we were so impressed with the work in Kahnawake that we decided to write a Power of Data story about them, which you can read here: Power of Data: Kahnawake

The story explores the motivation behind the initiative and how it benefitted both Kahnawake and our Regional Partners in Quebec. Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think!