We are celebrating our new space at 733 9th Avenue East in Owen Sound! As you may know, our staff had been split between locations as we grew from an outreach team of five to an integrated care team of 15 in just five years.
“We are very happy to be together under one roof,” says Lisa George, Integrated Care Manager. “It’s great for the staff too, but it’s mostly about improving access for clients.” SOAHAC’s integrated model of care means that staff work together to provide a high level of wholistic care, including primary health care, mental health and social support, and traditional Indigenous healing. The team includes nurse practitioners and nurses, mental health therapists, social workers, a community dietitian, a child and youth worker, and more. “Now if clients and their families need multiple services, they can get them all at the same place. It makes it much easier on them.”
Services are provided to First Nation, Inuit and Métis people living in the Grey-Bruce region, including outreach services in the communities of Saugeen and Neyaashiinigmiing (Chippewas of Nawash).
“We work closely with the communities to make sure that we provide the services that are needed,” says George. Services have expanded over the past five years as calls for improved access to primary health care were finally being heard. “Many community members had not seen a health care provider in a number of years, and we are still working to improve access to care.”
The latest addition to the team is a Harm Reduction Outreach Worker who will work with the communities in addressing the Opioid and Overdose Crisis. The new space is located at #3-733 9th Street Avenue East (Hwy 6), and is open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Grand Opening Event
SOAHAC welcomes all community members, partners and media to their Open House on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. There will be a brief opening followed by refreshments, tours, and staff meet and greet.