SOAR: Pathway to Wellness

The SOAR: Pathway to Wellness Program (2017-2020) is a community-driven program aimed at improving the health and health equity of Indigenous peoples living with diabetes. Indigenous communities and their local healthcare organizations have formed a partnership with Western University’s Diabetes Research Team to adapt and strengthen the effectiveness and scalability of a diabetes quality improvement (QI) program. This QI Program includes QI training, coaching and tools to support community-designed initiatives to improve the quality of diabetes care and well-being of community members.

Four core objectives of SOAR:


  • Engage community partners and key stakeholders to support meaningful participation and leadership


  • Review, improve and adapt the diabetes quality improvement strategy with community partners


    • Evaluate the effectiveness of the adapted diabetes quality improvement strategy


  • Develop community-driven plans for sustainability and scale-up for the adapted diabetes quality improvement strategy

Program Materials

SOAR Program Overview:

Watch the overview of the SOAR Program and learn more about its core objectives and guiding principles. 

First Nations Diabetes Surveillance System (FNDSS) Overview

Providing a secure, centralized and easily accessible web-based system to track and monitor trends in diabetes rates over time in First Nations communities. 

 Member Area

Updates & Announcements


SOAR: Pathway to Wellness | 

The SOAR Program is wrapping up the post-program evaluation and moving to the analyze phrase. Please contact Harsh Zaran if you have any questions.

Our Funding Partners

This program has been generously supported by The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and AstraZeneca Canada Inc.