Rather, preventative care that aims to secure and maintain "health," such as that provided by Head Start programs or the KSDPP, must be included within children's health care rights.
Programs like Head Start and the KSDPP reveal the potential successes of initiatives designed to tackle challenges to pediatric health within Aboriginal communities.
While local control of these initiatives helps to ensure that Indigenous communities take active leadership roles in securing the health of their children, the example of the KSDPP reveals that too strong an emphasis on local administration and design could preclude promising projects from receiving Head Start funding.
As programs like the KSDPP reflect, preventing and coping with illness is facilitated by a nurturing environment in which families and communities understand an illness and its prognosis, and provide support and encouragement for those undergoing treatment or attempting to change life behaviours.
First, as exemplified by the Head Start and the KSDPP programs, community leadership over, and involvement in, Aboriginal health initiatives is imperative for ensuring the success of programs designed to promote their children's well-being.