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BREATHE: “Building Respiratory Education and Awareness for First Nations, Inuit and Métis: Tools for Health Empowerment”.

The Respiratory Health Awareness Toolkit Description


What a Toolkit Is?

A toolkit is a Master toolbox of tools, resources and materials on respiratory health and risk factors that offer a variety of communication and learning methods that target different audiences within the First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. These audiences may include individuals who are directly or indirectly affected by chronic respiratory disease, broader community members and the general public. The toolkit is designed to be used based on the communities’ priorities and needs.

Purpose of the Toolkit

The main purpose of the toolkit is to provide appropriate materials and resources to communities based on their needs and priorities. This will give communities the opportunity to create awareness about respiratory health and to improve community member’s knowledge on the risk factors for chronic respiratory disease, like outdoor and indoor air quality, mould, second and third-hand smoke exposure, etc.. It will also enable communities to engage in capacity building and establish community-based resources on respiratory health.

A. The Master Toolkit itself is divided into Six Major Sections that include information on:

  1. Outdoor Air Quality
  2. Indoor Air Quality
  3. Traditional and Commercial Tobacco Use (Smoking)
  4. Exposure to Second and Third Hand Smoke
  5. Smoking Cessation
  6. Knowledge on Chronic Respiratory Disease

B. Under the Major Sections, there will be Three Sub-Categories as follows:

  1. Main Resources
    • To be used and distributed in the communities during the model implementation
  2. Additional Resources
    • For specific groups (e.g., Children and/or youth, community members with asthma, allergies, or Chronic Obstructive Respiratory Disease (COPD), commercial tobacco users (those who smoke), organizations/businesses, etc.)
    • These resources can be included in the smaller toolkits depending on where those toolkits will be distributed (e.g., schools, grocery stores or other organizations or businesses in the community)
  3. Reference Resources
    • For community outreach workers, community health representatives or other health care professionals to use as a reference

C. There are two main types of resources in the Tool-kit, those that were newly developed for the Tool-kit by the Asthma Society of Canada (ASC) and partners and those that existed prior to the development of the Tool-kit. These resources were developed by several organizations.

D. Please note that many of the Tool-kit resources are available in both official languages.