The TB Journey Map for Northern First Nations Communities is an educational resource for services providers in TB-affected First Nations communities.
The map visually depicts:
- key stages in a typical TB patient journey as they move from exposure to treatment completion,
- with an emphasis on the different health-care related, social and First Nations determinants of health.
The social determinants of health include factors such as income, education, food insecurity and housing. These determinants of health affect individuals at all stages of the life course.
Beyond individual factors, the structure of health systems also greatly impacts the health of individuals. Access to quality care, informed care providers, screening, and continued treatment are barriers that Indigenous populations face when interacting with the current health systems.
It is important to understand how these determinants intersect and compound to influence one’s experience of health.