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
- Community Gardens
- 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:
- Health promotion,
- Culture and language,
- Social support, and
- parental/family involvement.
Transportation is provided.
Information on Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB)
The benefit areas include:
- Vision care
- Medical Supplies and Equipment
- Mental Health
- Medical Transportation
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
Meet Our Staff !
Lorraine Muskwa, Health Director
Lorraine was born in Slave Lake, Alberta and raised in Edmonton. She attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology for the Forest Technology program where she graduated in 2000. For two and half years, she worked in the forest industry. Next she gained valuable experience working for Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta organization for over nine years in different capacities. She had taken on the role of the Health Director for a number of years, Co-Management Liaison and had the opportunity to sit on different boards including the Alberta representative on the National First Nations Contaminants program, Alberta Species at Risk board and the National First Nations Health Technicians Working group as an Alberta member.
Before coming to Peerless Trout as the Health Director, Lorraine was the Chief Operating Officer with Bigstone Health Commission a large, progressive band where she learned program development, program management, administering the NIHB transfer program, transfer of health services and working with a diverse organization of over 130 staff.
Lorraine is the proud mother of a beautiful daughter and her first grandson. She enjoys working for PTFN and believes that this is, "such an exciting time and opportunity to build a solid foundation to better the health of the community, not for them but with them".