The One Society Network (OSN), led by Dr. Christopher McCabe at the University of Alberta, will include developing modelling for evaluating alternative policy responses during pandemics for all sectors of the economy and aspects of society, including marginalised groups. They will also be collaborating on multi-disciplinary training programs for skills development to support public policy making in future pandemics. 
Particular consideration will also be paid to specific factors facing Indigenous populations, including the remoteness of many Indigenous communities, and how historical events have contributed to increased risk factors associated with the spread of COVID-19 and the severity of outcomes among Indigenous populations. These considerations will be made in consultation with Indigenous community members, and research results will be disseminated to communities in a timely fashion. This process will ensure that Indigenous communities have a voice in the direction of the research and are able to access and use the results of any analyses in a way that best conforms with the needs of the communities. This part of the Network will build upon previous work done by Dr. Maggie Jones in the area of Indigenous economic development (see https://maggiejones.ca/ for more information). If you are an Indigenous group interested in getting involved with the One Society Network, please contact us.
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