Medical Doctor, Children's Health and Aboriginal Health Expert
Dr. Lana Potts MD CCFP is a family physician at the Siksika Health and Wellness Centre. Siksika is a First Nation near Calgary. Dr. Potts is a charter class graduate of The Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay, Ontario and she also completed a Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Nursing from the University of Alberta. Lana completed her residency training in Indigenous Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Lana is a member of the Piikani Nation. She is married to Robert Benjoe and she is the proud mother to her daughter Annataki and son, Nodin.
Lana Potts grew up with a broken family. Her mother died in a car accident and her father was absent in her upbringing. She was exposed to drugs and alcohol at a young age and had to raise her siblings in unfavourable conditions. Her belief in education and the strengthen she gathered from her cultural traditions helped her to realize that she had to put faith back into life. Dr. Lana Potts exhibits a strong sense of social responsibility to her people by committing her education and career to improve the living and health conditions for First Nation communities.
Dr. Lana Potts has advocated in many ways on behalf of Indigenous/rural health. She has utilized her academic experience in a variety of roles including research on Indian Residential School’s and Tuberculosis. She sat on the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada board for three terms, advocating for the improvement of Indigenous health. Throughout medical school she worked as a liaison with various boards on how improve health care delivery in First Nation and Rural communities. Currently she is member of the Aboriginal Wisdom Council, a provincial board that advises on improving health outcomes in Indigenous communities
Dr. Lana Potts often addresses groups on all matters related to health, children’s health, recreation and social services of Indigenous people and First Nations across Canada.
Current Health Status on First Nation's Children
Discuss current health situation of First Nation’s Communities
Ways to address health concerns for First Nation’s Communities
Role of children in First Nation community
Evidenced based methods in creating healthy communities for children and families