Richard Oster


Dr. Oster is the Scientific Director of the Indigenous Wellness Core, Alberta Health Services. Dr. Oster has been co-designing with Indigenous communities and partners complex research specifically as it relates to Indigenous health, diabetes, mental health conditions and other non-communicable diseases, pregnancy and maternal health outcomes, social determinants of health, and nutrition for over ten years. Dr Oster has had the privileged experience of working with and learning from Indigenous communities, particularly relating to engagement, collaboration, community-based participatory research, epidemiology, qualitative inquiry, intervention design, project management, knowledge translation, Indigenous ways of knowing, and Indigenous research ethics. His priority through research is to respectfully collaborate and partner with Indigenous communities and key stakeholders with the common goal of diminishing the existing health disparities that disproportionately burden Indigenous populations by harnessing the immense strength and resilience within communities. He has a particular interest in preventing non-communicable diseases and promoting Indigenous maternal-child health thro

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November 20, 2023

For every child, every right. World Children’s Day

For World Children’s Day 2023, “for every child, every right,” we are highlighting a few stories from the past year that show incredible advances in children’s health research thanks to support from the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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April 28, 2023

‘A new way of doing research’: Indigenous communities and U of A allies partner to support family, women and children’s well-being

Six-year, $16-million project will look at outcomes of culturally appropriate programs supporting healthy pregnancy and families, childbirth and early development.

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June 21, 2018

Elders Mentoring Program strengthens community for Maskwacis’ expectant mothers

With the support of a WCHRI seed grant, Richard Oster helped establish the Elders Mentoring Program, where Elders from the Maskwacis community offer companionship and mentoring to pregnant Indigenous women.

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