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The Aboriginal Health Program provides both on-site and outreach services to improve the health of Aboriginal women and their families. The on-site program includes two Aboriginal Patient Liaisons that offers services to improve the quality of health care delivery to Aboriginal inpatients and outpatients through staff education and on-site patient support. 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, training, and assistance with regional workshops.
The Aboriginal Health Program is designed to work in partnership with community providers, especially Community Health Representatives (CHR's) and other health providers both on and off-reserve. By coordinating with other professionals, government agencies and non-profit organizations, both federal and provincial, we are able to take advantage of existing resources in the province and work to strengthen the capacity within Aboriginal communities.
The Advisory Committee is made up of one representative from each health region. Committee members serve a three-year term. The present committee members are:
Rita Barnes – Elder
- To empower Aboriginal women to improve their health
- To provide appropriate culturally sensitive services
- To develop and provide workshops and information for Aboriginal women
- To help nurses increase their skills in caring for Aboriginal women in clinics
- To train medical workers to be sensitive to the special needs of Aboriginal women
- To help support Aboriginal communities to become self-sufficient in meeting their women's health care needs