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Manager: Merle Bolton
Gitxaała's Health Services fulfill a critical role in the community. Besides primary health services, the Health center provides classes on everything from Dental Hygiene to unique classes that teach the values of fatherhood and promote female voices within the community.
Provides Primary Health services to the community
Medical Transportation to those members requiring medical assistance out of community, upon approval by the FNHA
Community Health Programs including Food Safety, Healthy Beginnings, HIV Harm reduction, Vision Clinics, and Environmental Health
Mental Health services including One-on-One Counselling, Talking Circles, Society Lunches, and like-skill development such as anger management, self-care, and coping skills
Community Health Representative Program:
Vision clinics are offered from New Westminster Optometry once a year.
Food Safety Training is offered to prevent food borne illness.
HIV harm reduction educations sessions offered in conjunction with FNHA nursing.
School liaison for Healthy Beginnings Program and communicable disease program.
Environmental Health, water testing program
Offers advocacy and support for nation members
Provides one-on-One Counselling
Appointments are available daily, evenings and weekends, to assist with developing coping skills, self-care, anxiety, anger management, life-skills, and couples relationships and to increase healthier choices.
Alcohol and Drug Program
Focus is on increasing healing, sobriety and improving coping and wellbeing; referrals to treatment centres and after treatment support, intergeneration effects of residential schools, child welfare apprehensions and other mental health concerns.
Held on Thursday, times for circles can vary according to tide tables. Everyone welcome to attend and participate in topics of group’s choice; promoting mental health, community and social supports, education and more.
Held every month. This is a potluck event open to all community members who have maintained sobriety for one month or more. Join us for lunch and support community members working on wellness.
Maternal Child Health:
Offers home visiting and early childhood enrichment groups for parents with children birth to 6 years old. Provides support and strategies for children to gain child development skills and assists children with school readiness skills, social skills and building self-esteem. The MCH has a car seat lending program, infant formula and diapers also available on loan. Prenatal classes are offered on a continuous basis.
Baby Bunnies Group
Weekly drop-in group for parents with children under two (older children welcome as well), crafts, snacks, children’s story telling, child development, children’s health and child play-time.
Honey Bunnies Group
Weekly drop in-group for parents with children over two years of age, (younger children also welcome), crafts, snacks, children’s story-time, play time and parenting education. Honey Bunnies is designed to improve parent’s understanding of what children need to thrive, including how and why to set limits, children’s behaviour and health care. Roots of Empathy Program delivered at Lach Klan School
Family Skills Program:
The program offers support to parents and families with Ministry of Children and Family Development involvement, parent-education classes and in home visiting, home management skills, nutrition, and parenting groups for community. The program works to help families keep children safe and healthy. In partnership with www.nifcs.org offers foster parent training and recruitment to keep children needing short and long term care in community homes
Active Parenting Groups
1-2-3-4 Parent, parenting program that teaches the basics of parenting children ages 1 through 4 years, includes what children need from their parents at each age of development. Groups offered throughout the year.
Strengthening Families Program
The Strengthening Families Program is co- facilitated with NIFCS, Gitxaala Health and trained community members. The program runs from 12-14 weeks and is designed to improve parenting skills, reduce problem behaviours, delinquency, alcohol and drug abuse in children and improve social competency and school performance. Targets parents with children ages 6 to 11 years.
Youth Services Brighter Futures and Building Healthy Communities:
The Youth Services program is made of five components, mental health (community based health promotion, child development, parenting, healthy babies and injury prevention.The community centre offers a variety of children’s activities, including physical recreational, community gym, arts and crafts, and cultural programs for community members of all ages. Parent/infant/toddler room is open daily for parents and tots.
Boys and Girls Group for youth 12 years and up.
This is a positive, fun group for youth designed to improve positive communication skills, develop a positive sense of identity and increase self-esteem.
Home Care program:
The Home Care program helps community members with disabilities and Elders who require assistance and health care at home. The program concentrates on community wellness, and provides help managing in-home health care, home management, medication management, wound management, prevention and management of chronic diseases, and social support. The programs offers home making services, providing general home cleaning, nutrition and meal preparation and other in-door and out-door services for those who need extra help, beyond what family members can offer. Lunch preparation available for home care clients.
Diabetes Prevention Program
Everyone is welcome to attend the diabetes prevention support group. The focus is on improved health, nutrition, and diabetes management, increased awareness of simple lifestyle changes and benefits of self-care.
Food Skills for Families
The Food Skills for Families program is a healthy eating, healthy cooking, hands-on curriculum based six week program that teaches people to make healthy meals, snacks and beverages. The program is based on recommendations from the Canadian Diabetes Association. The program is offered by a certified, trained facilitator.
Community Walking Group
Community members are encouraged to join our weekly Wednesday walks. All ages are welcome. Call the Home Care program at the Health Centre to let us know if you want to participate and need mobility support as the Home Care team will have the van available for Elders who want to walk part way. Snacks are offered back at the Health Centre after the walk.
Dental services are provided from North Raven Dental Clinic. Services are offered in the dental room at the Health Centre. The dental team and denturist team spend a week in community every 4 months. The Health Centre encourages community members to support the dental program and increase dental health. Call the Health Centre for an appointment.