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The Regional Health Survey (RHS) is a national health survey that is fully directed and controlled by First Nations. It gathers information about health, wellness, health determinants, and about the concerns and issues of First Nations living in First Nations communities across Canada. In the past, large numbers of First Nations people living on-reserve were excluded from major national health surveys, such as the National Population Health Survey (NHPS). Other surveys, which attempted to obtain on-reserve data, did not reach enough communities and thus were unable to produce valid statistics at the national or regional level. The RHS has corrected this information deficiency. These pieces of information are crucial to drive effective and responsive program and policy development and ultimately, to improve the health of First Nations. The RHS reflects a holistic view of health. Past and current surveys have asked about the physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, environmental, economic and social factors that determine health.
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