Lower Limb Preservation Initiative for Indigenous People in London and Middlesex

Atlohsa Family Healing Services is proud to announce the Lower Limb Preservation Project in partnership with the Middlesex London Ontario Health Team (MLOHT), London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care London (St. Joseph’s). This project is dedicated to serving the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals in the Middlesex London region.

The project addresses concerning rates of diabetes-related lower limb complications among Canada's Indigenous populations and a notably higher frequency of lower extremity amputations (LEAs). Studies reveal that the prevalence of LEAs in the Indigenous population with diabetes is up to 49 times higher than in the non-Indigenous population without diabetes, highlighting the critical need for targeted healthcare interventions.

Led by Dr. Samantha Boshart, a family physician from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, this program represents a significant advancement in offering culturally sensitive and accessible healthcare. Her holistic approach focuses on barrier-free care, minimizing points of contact, to meet the unique health needs of the Indigenous community.

Based at Atlohsa’s Wiigiwaaminaan Shelter at St. Joseph’s  Parkwood Institute, the program offers a culturally safe environment. It targets individuals at risk of lower limb amputation, offering various care modes suited to individual preferences and needs, with the primary goal of establishing safe, trusting relationships to address lower limb health concerns openly.

The initiative emphasizes client-centered care, encouraging active participation in health decisions that best suit individual preferences and lifestyles. It benefits from collaborations with specialist allies and local resources, enhancing care levels and ensuring comprehensive support.

The Lower Limb Preservation Project was created through an integrated services initiative led by the MLOHT, working with numerous partner organizations, including LHSC and St. Joseph’s. This community health initiative will include multiple patient pathways, with Atlohsa and Dr. Samantha Boshart leading the Indigenous pathway.

Atlohsa, the MLOHT, and community partners are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the Indigenous community. The Lower Limb Preservation Project is a significant step towards accessible healthcare that respects cultural values and individual preferences.

How to Access Services for Lower Limb Concerns:

If you are experiencing lower limb issues and are a member of the local Indigenous community, we are here to assist. You can easily access our services in the following ways:

  • Phone Contact: Reach out to Dr. Boshart at 519-430-7581 to schedule a meeting.
  • Email Communication: For non-urgent queries or to arrange a future appointment, feel free to email us at clinic@atlohsa.com.
  • Walk-In Visits: We understand that not everyone can call or email in advance. Our doors are open for walk-in visits, especially if you're experiencing immediate concerns or difficulties.