Health Services

Our Health Centre offers a wide array of services, often partnering with outside service providers. Our comprehensive programs are aimed at prevention where possible, promoting healthy lifestyles in all aspects of community living. Holistic treatment is utilized in all our services, including community health, addictions and mental health, maternal and child health, and home care. Where available, telehealth services are offered to extend and enhance these services.

 

Community Health

 

Our Community Health Representative (CHR) works with community members to promote a healthy living environment through a wide range of services:

 

  • Aboriginal Diabetes initiative

    • Monthly good food boxes

    • Elders' lunch and bingo

    • Healthy living initiatives

  • Canada prenatal nutrition program (CPNP)

    • Monthly food vouchers for new and expecting mothers

    • Parenting skills

  • ​Nutrition

    • Kids in the Kitchen

    • Cooking classes

    • Breast feeding support

  • Environmental health

    • Communicable diseases (e.g. STIs)

    • Food safety

    • Water quality and sampling

  • Brighter Futures

    • injury prevention (e.g. car seat and bike safety programs)

    • Traditional practices (e.g. Culture Camp, pilgrimmage, Aboriginal Day)

  • FASD support and referrals

  • Physical activity: gym night

 

Home and Community Care

 

Via NPTC, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is available to BFN members to enhance quality of life on our reserves, promoting independence in home and supporting the care provided by family.

 

Services provided are based on client assessments, but can include:

 

  • Elders' care;

  • Bandage change; and

  • Blood pressure clinics.

 

Addictions & Mental Health

 

Our National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NNADAP) Coordinator promotes healthy spirits and sober lifestyles through culturally senstive intervention programs and services, including the following:

 

  • One-on-one and group counselling;

  • Referrals to treatment and service providers;

  • Tobacco cessation workshops;

  • Suicide prevention;

  • Anti-bullying programming;

  • Addictions education and awareness; and

  • Mental health awareness and education.

 

Maternal & Child Health

 

Our Maternal & Child Health Family Visitor offers home visits to members who are pregnant or parents of young children, working with them to achieve goals for their children and themselves. The Family Visitor provides information and offers support on topics including pregnancy and child birth, childbirth outside your community, self-care,health promotion, what to expect as your baby grows, and feeding.

 

Head Start Program

 

The Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve (AHSOR) program targets children aged 3-5 and is held from Tuesday through Thursday. It focuses on the following areas:

 

  • Childhood education and development

  • Culture and language

  • Nutrition

  • Parental and family involvement

Non-Insured Health

 

In collaboration with NPTC, we can assist with access to non-insured health benefits, including vision, dental, and medical transportation.

 

Medical Transportation

 

Our Medical Transportation Coordinator (MTC) directs clients to the appropriate destination with rotation of taxis to and from appointments in regard to medical, dental, ADAAC, and optometrist appointments.

 

As per NPTC all Medical trips will be rotated as required, unless otherwise stated by MTC. Clients will be asked to go to the nearest walk-in clinic from their home, including out-of-town medical. In-town referrals require 48 hours notice and out-of-town referrals require 2 weeks notice, so arrangements can be made accordingly. MTC also requires a doctor's letter with Time and Date of Appointment, as well as an additional letter from the referring doctor.

 

There will be shared cabs when appointments are within 1 hour of each other and there will be 2 cabs daily for walk-ins at 10am and 3pm. Please call to cancel cab if not needed or the next trip will be your own responsibility.

 

Residential School Support

 

Residential School support is offered by NPTC and is available by referral.

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