Health: Community Health Plan Update

Mon. Mar. 24/14

The purpose of this document is to update the Community Health Plan (CHP) for Snuneymuxw First Nation in support of a new Flexible Transfer Agreement with Health Canada.

The first Snuneymuxw CHP was approved by Chief and Council in 1995 and was the basis of subsequent transfer agreements. The current agreement terminates in March, 2010.

The update process included the designation of a planning and evaluation steering committee, a review of current planning goals, the identification of key priorities and updating of objectives, planned activities and success indicators. The process has been informed by the preliminary findings of the five-year evaluation.

The health management structure includes responsibilities for the governance of the health department through policies established by Chief and Council and delegation for the management of day-to-day operations to the Health Administrator.

Addictions, diabetes and mental health are emphasized as specific health issues that have been added to those identified in the original needs assessment of 1995 (poverty, poor housing conditions, substance abuse and violence).

The preliminary findings of the health evaluation noted some improvements over the past ten years, including a decrease in suicidal behaviour, increased participation by young mothers for the need of healthy babies (including higher breastfeeding rates) and improved community recognition of the roles of the health staff. At the same time, there are still continuing gaps in accessing services, addictions is still a major community issue and poverty-related issues are a continuing challenge.

The need for an expanded health facility for a growing population and expanded health programs is identified in the CHP and is currently the subject of a feasibility study.

Health needs are addressed through breaking the cycle strategies, in particular, through the use of limited resources in ways that contribute to a continuum of services that will give Snuneymuxw children the best possible start in life. This begins with prenatal support for prospective moms and their families and continues through a well attended building beautiful babies program, a playgroup for children and family members, a day care centre program, a breakfast club, a Youth Drop-In Centre and a family resource program.

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