Community Health Programs

Splatsin Health Services aims to promote health through public health programming delivered by a Community Health Nurse (CHN).

Health Protection Programs

Program support and delivery includes prevention and control of many communicable diseases:

  • Tuberculosis, vaccinations for preventable diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, blood-borne infections, harm reduction, pandemic influenza and other communicable diseases.
  • Tuberculosis education, Tuberculin Skin Test screening and follow up as required
  • Immunization education and clinics
  • Support with contraception and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Harm reduction supplies maintained and distributed with training
  • Creation and implementation of a pandemic plan
Immunizations

Splatsin provides timely access to vaccines, improving immunization rates and increasing immunization awareness. The Community Health Nurse (CHN) offers child health clinics, adult clinics, school-based immunizations, and flu vaccine initiatives. The CHN manages the ordering and maintenance of vaccine supplies, including daily monitoring, and reporting to partner organizations.

The flu vaccine is now available. Visit our drop-in clinics on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. throughout the fall. Community Health Nurses will be available to answer your questions and give you the information and tools you need to stay healthy. If you are an elder, are pregnant or have chronic health issues, contact the Splatsin Community Centre to schedule a flu shot at your home.

Watch this video about the flu vaccine in our community.

Harm Reduction

Splatsin Health Services maintains and distributes harm reduction supplies for band members. This includes safe sex, needles, glass pipes, crystal meth pipes, sharp kits, naloxone kits and more. For a free, no contact drop-off, contact the Community Health Nurse: (250) 838-9538.

Watch this video about fentanyl testing kits.

Health Promotion

This program aims to support the community throughout their lifetime. The program includes promoting healthy active lifestyles, preventing chronic disease and supporting prenatal care for families and infants to reach their fullest developmental potential. Available programs change with the seasons and with the needs of the community and include:

  • Individual health counselling and navigation
  • Education programming based on community needs
  • Family support and assessments (prenatal, postnatal, infant and child)

Maternal Health

Coming soon…

Registered Home Care Nursing

Splatsin’s Home & Community Care Program is a coordinated system of services that enables elders and other band members with chronic or acute illness and disabilities to receive care in their home and the community.

  • Patient assessments
  • Case management with other health professionals
  • Chronic disease management including diabetes, musculoskeletal, dementia, cardiac, renal, neurological, pulmonary, hepatic, gastrointestinal, urinary and other conditions
  • Wound care
  • Foot care
  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Falls and safety home assessments for injury prevention and risk reduction
  • Consultation, referral and liaising with other health care providers, organizations and institutions including coordinated assessment processes, referrals, discharge planning and service links with hospitals, physicians, respite care and therapeutic services
  • Medical bathing program
  • Medication management and reconciliation
  • Health instruction for patients and caregivers
  • Pharmaceutical services including linkages and support with local Pharmacists

  

Aboriginal Patient Navigator Virtual Support

The Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN) Program is now available to support self-identified Aboriginal patients, clients, families, and community members virtually. Individuals and families can connect to the APN Program through Zoom, a videoconferencing service, seven days a week, for support.

What services are APNs able to provide virtually?

APNs are available to:
• offer emotional support to individuals and families;
• connect you to mental health and wellness resources;
• connect you to trusted information sources for COVID-19 and IH health services, and;
• provide guidance on spiritual and cultural wellness.

For more information on the APN Program and its services, find it here.

What do I need to access an appointment with an APN?

You will need reliable access to the internet. You can join using a desktop/laptop or most iOS and Android
mobile devices (newer than 2012). You can join the meeting using the Zoom Web Client from a browser
without downloading any plugins or software. Zoom recommends Google Chrome for the best experience.

When are appointments available?

Appointments are available seven days a week, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., excluding statutory holidays.

How do I set up an appointment?

Send an email to [email protected] to set up an appointment. Please identify
your name, phone number, and community in the subject line. You will be contacted within 24 hours by the
soonest available APN to schedule a date and time for your appointment. You will receive a link and information
on how to connect to your email or phone, based on your preference, for the Zoom appointment.

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