Health Department -Programs & Services
The Health Department's new building has been a welcome addition to the PTFN community. There are a number of ongoing programs and services being offered by the health department including:
Workshops (variety of topics to improve overall health and wellness)
Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative
The renewed ADI program includes:
initiatives for children, youth, parents and families
Diabetes in pre-pregnancy and pregnancy
Community led food security planning to improve access to healthy foods, including traditional and market foods
Elders in Motion
Canning classes (September)
Good Food Box program
Diabetes Nurse Educator (once a month)
Other community activities could include walking clubs, weight-loss groups, diabetes workshops, fitness classes, community kitchens, community gardens, and healthy school food partnerships.
Brighter Futures/Building Healthy Communities
Youth Summer Programs
ATV Safety Classes
Kids in the Kitchen
Tour of Universities and Colleges in September for kids interested in Health Careers
Community Health Programs: mental health, brighter futures, NNADAP, and solvent abuse.
The mental health programs funds and supports community-based programming and services that aim to reduce risk factors, promote protective factors, and improve health outcomes associated with the mental wellness of First Nations. The programs aim to contribute to the improved health status of individuals, families and communities through a strengthened continuum of mental health and addictions programs and services. Strengthening the continuum of services means improving access to a range of appropriate and effective services and delivered by communities as well as those offered by provinces and territories.
Aboriginal Head Start
Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve (AHSOR) Programming supports early child development strategies that are designed and controlled by PTFN. AHSOR is centered around six components:
Culture and language,
Social support, and
Transportation is provided.
Information on Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB)
The benefit areas include:
Medical Supplies and Equipment
If you are refused a benefit, please come see us at the Health Centre. There is an appeal process. There are forms and letters that are needed and we can assist PTFN members with their appeals. Come in and see us if you need assistance.
Prevention Program on HIV/AIDS, blood-borne pathogens, and sexually transmitted infections
This program focuses on prevention, education, awareness and community capacity building and facilitates access to quality diagnosis, care and treatment and social supports.
Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program
Improving the health of mothers and infants, the program aims to reduce the incidents of unhealthy brith weights and promote and support breastfeeding. We want to support the needs of pregnant women facing challenges that put their health and the health of their children at risks. Some challenges we have in First Nation communities is poverty, teen pregnancy, social and geographic isolation, substance use and family violence.
Some future programs will include "Good Food Boxes", prenatal vitamins, breastfeeding education and support, education and support on infant care and child development, baby food preparation classes, craft classes, visits with dietician, milk coupons, working with staff to develop new ideas for the program.
Alberta First Nation Cancer Prevention & Screening Project
PTFN has collaborated on a pilot project with the Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre (AFNIGC). The project has three goals:
Identify current cancer prevention and screening activity gaps in the community
Develop strategies, resources and interventions for the development of cancer prevention and screening and evaluation of interventions and monitoring differences in cancer risks
Provide evidence of cross-jurisdictional elements for a sustainable cancer prevention and screening strategy