Public Health Improvement Project

Improving Public Health in the Four Arrows Regional Health Authority/Island Lake Area.

Jun 03 2011

Public Health Improvement Project

by peever in FARHA Blog

Improving Public Health in the Four Arrows Regional Health Authority/Island Lake Area.

In 2007 the (MFNPHIPP) was being undertaken by the Four Arrows Regional Health Authority to serve the communities of Garden Hill, Red Sucker Lake, St. Theresa Point, and Wasagamack. The overall goal is using a broad definition of public health as the prevention of disease and the promotion of health, to strive for the most positive outcomes of health status in individuals, families, and communities, with emphasis on:

Raising immunization levels above the national standards;
Developing the systems necessary so that infectious diseases are controlled promptly and effectively;
Minimizing environmental risks; and,
Preventing chronic diseases, and reducing their effects when they occur.

It is recognized that accomplishing these goals requires a stronger public health system, with improved and clarified relationships with the provincial public health system, clarity of the responsibilities of all jurisdictions involved in public health in First Nations communities, and increased capacity to carry out public health work in the communities (both with increased knowledge of current public health and other health staff and with increased number of public health staff).

The partners involved in the MFNPHIPP include:
The Island Lake communities of Garden Hill, Red Sucker Lake, St. Theresa Point, and Wasagamack were involved from the beginning but now has been reduced to Garden Hill and Wasagamack.
Four Arrows Regional Health Authority (FARHA)
Manitoba Health
Northern Medical Unit, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
First Nations and Inuit Health (Manitoba Region and National)
Assembly of First Nations

As of April 1, 2011, the final and implementation year will be underway with the cooperation of communities involved.

The Public Health Pilot Project is a national project under AFN and the other two projects that are involved are Kenora Chiefs Advisory Council and File Hills Fort Qu’Appelle Tribal Council.

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