JointHealth™ express   December 9, 2020

JointHealth™ insight – Fall 2020

Health inequities in arthritis: Structural racism affecting Indigenous Peoples’ Healthcare

The health inequities faced by Indigenous Peoples in Canada are important to understand in the context of our arthritis community. Indigenous Peoples have some of the highest rates of serious or life-threatening arthritis in the world, are at greater risk for becoming disabled by arthritis and face high rates of co-morbidities such as heart disease, hypertension, asthma and cancer.

In this issue of JointHealth™ insight, ACE, in collaboration with Graeme Reed, Chair of the Canadian Spondylitis Association’s Board of Directors, and a person of mixed Anishinaabe and European descent, examines elements of structural racism impacting Indigenous health outcomes in Canada. The following topics are highlighted:
  • Inequities in service delivery and coverage of prescription medication
  • Experiences of discrimination in healthcare settings
  • Indigenous models of care as essential tools to address these issues
This issue also explores the impact of COVID-19 on visible minority communities and First Nations reserves across the country.

ACE is committed to learning from and listening to members of its community

If you have feedback on this issue, or, if you have witnessed or personally faced discrimination during your experiences as an arthritis patient, researcher or healthcare professional, please consider sharing your experiences by emailing Your input will help inform advocacy work in this area.