Case studies

Case study #1 - Valuing a need for hospice and palliative care services

Valuing a need for hospice and palliative care services

Advocacy for humane death and dying care practices led to the valuing and realization of hospice and palliative care services in South Australia in the 1990s (Elsey, 1998). Early hospice and palliative care advocates pressed for comprehensive community services provided by knowledgeable, humane and compassionate care providers who understood and supported the need for an alternative to medical practices in this area. Advocates also recognized the need for funding, legislation, support of relevant volunteer organizations, and capacity-building in health-care providers to be able to deliver hospice and palliative care services.

Case study #2 - Rooting the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project in Indigenous values

The Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project

The Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project Home ( in the First Nations reserve of the Mohawks of the Kahnawake in Quebec, Canada was informed by evidence that demonstrated a two-fold higher risk of diabetes and diabetes-related complications in adults (Tremblay et al., 2018). The goal of the program is to prevent type 2 diabetes in Kahnawake by empowering community members to care for their health. To be meaningful for community members, the change was rooted in the values and traditions of the Kanien’kehá:ka beliefs. These values include a holistic approach of spiritual, emotional, physical and mental dimensions that reflect wellbeing. The project’s focus aligned with the value of protecting and promoting the health of future generations. By linking the change in values, families and other stakeholders were more invested in the cause.

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