Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 - Pan-Canadian Thematic Program - Mathematical Modeling of Indigenous Population Health
Month: September 2013
Date: September 28--29
Name: Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 - Pan-Canadian Thematic Program - Mathematical Modeling of Indigenous Population Health
Location: BIRS, Banff, Canada.
In Canada, the 2009 influenza H1N1 pandemic disproportionately affected Indigenous populations with severe disease outcomes often necessitating hospitalization and intensive care unit admission. The maintenance of surge capacity for the healthcare was seriously challenged in many several geographic areas, including northern remote communities and First Nation reserves. The reasons for this disproportionate impact are not well understood, but important factors may include the prevalence of pre-disposing health conditions, limited access to healthcare, and environmental and demographic characteristics including the transportation network. Same factors apply to other diseases and hence the inequity issues arise from many other diseases and settings.