PHSA Aboriginal Health
PHSA Aboriginal Health offers leadership and support to the PHSA Agencies in improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal people through implementation of the health actions of the Transformative Change Accord First Nations Health Plan. PHSA Aboriginal Health hosts annual training and conferences for the approximately 30 Aboriginal Patient Liaisons in BC, supports the Renewing Our Response to Aboriginal HIV/AIDS initiative, and supports community based contracted health initiatives with a provincial focus, such as HIV/AIDS prevention and education. PHSA supports an Aboriginal Nurse Networking & Resources site for Aboriginal nurses, patient navigators, and doulas.
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The Director, PHSA Aboriginal Program Chairs the PHSA Centres for Public and Population Health’s Aboriginal Centre which provides an Aboriginal lens to the other 8 centres, as well as knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange, research, and training. Through project based activities the Aboriginal Centre demonstrates culturally appropriate and community lead collaboration on health and wellness health initiatives.
PHSA’s Aboriginal Subcommittee provides leadership, direction, support and knowledge translation and exchange within the agencies and programs. Members of the subcommittee include PHSA agency partners, programs, and services, and provincial Aboriginal community organizations such as the First Nations Health Council, the Métis Provincial Council of BC, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, and the BC Aboriginal Network on Disabilities Society. ?xml:namespace>
BC Centre for Disease Control
Chee Mamuk is a provincial Aboriginal program that provides innovative and culturally appropriate sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV education, resources and wise practice models. Chee Mamuk’s services are grounded in community, tradition and science in order to build capacity in Aboriginal communities to prevent the spread of HIV and STIs. Website: Chee Mamuk Aboriginal Program
TB Services for Aboriginal Communities (TBSAC) is a program component of the BC Center for Disease Control - TB Control division. TBSAC serves all First Nation communities in British Columbia with TB Control activities, treatment, screening, surveillance, training and education. Program support is provided in partnership with First Nation and Inuit Health. Website link is found at www.bccdc.caand click on Tuberculosis. ?xml:namespace>
Perinatal Services BC
Perinatal Services BC is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority. The mandate is to improve the capacity and processes of provincial perinatal services through strategic leadership across a range of initiatives, with an overriding commitment to quality, accountability and resource planning, education and knowledge transfer, performance targets development and monitoring, and clinical standards achievement. PSBC uses a client-centric, population health approach as the orientation for perinatal services across the province and as the basis of its shared mandate with partners and stakeholders. Our commitment to the Aboriginal population of BC is to provide leadership, planning and implementation in collaboration with its tripartite partners to achieve the goals of closing the gap in perinatal services specifically action item #21 improve access to maternity services for Aboriginal women.
BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre
BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre’s Aboriginal Health Program provides both on-site and outreach services to improve the health of Aboriginal women and their families. On-site services are First Nations Patient Advocates offering on site patient support to Aboriginal patients and their families. The outreach program offers support to Aboriginal communities (both on and off reserve), and includes education about various women’s health issues, cervical and breast cancer screening clinics.