SOAHAC is very pleased to be offering Nurse Practitioner (Primary Health Care) Services to Aboriginal families and individuals in the Windsor area. Thanks to an investment from the Erie St. Clair LHIN, and exciting partnerships with the Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre and Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre, these services are now available for those in need of a primary healthcare provider.
This initiative saw a recent base funding investment of $122,700 from Erie St. Clair LHIN into the Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre to address significant health gaps and poorer health outcomes of the Aboriginal population by improving access to care in the community. The creation of this role is part of Windsor-based Aboriginal Chronic Disease Prevention and Management initiatives designed to provide programs and services to on and off reserve, status, non-status and Métis Aboriginal populations.
Those who access the Nurse Practitioner will receive a full range of health care services including:
- Physical check-ups
- Referrals to specialists, lab, x-ray and ultrasound testing
- Prescriptions (excluding narcotics)
- Prenatal care
- Management of long-term illnesses and short-term problems
- Education about conditions such as high blood pressure and asthma
Brian Dokis, SOAHAC’s Executive Director, is delighted about this opportunity to provide better access to culturally appropriate care: “We are looking forward to getting to know the city and developing partnerships designed to improve access to a quality of health services for Aboriginal communities in the Windsor area. We are grateful to have a Nurse Practitioner like Grace who has years of experience across a broad range of sectors, particularly serving individuals and families who have experienced barriers to receiving culturally appropriate health care.”
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