The Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative Program overall goal is to improve the health status of First Nation individuals, families and community through actions aimed at reducing prevalence and incidence of diabetes and its risk factors as followed:

  • Increase awareness of diabetes, risk factors, complications and strategies to prevent diabetes and diabetes complications.
  • Increase practice of healthy eating and active living behaviors among First Nation people.
  • Increase early detection of diabetes cases in First Nation communities
  • Improve the practice of diabetes self-management among First Nation communities.
  • Increase physical activity and knowledge of healthy eating in First Nation community.
  • Provide workshops, presentations, hands-on-training in regards to culture activities and traditions.
  • Establish on-going networking with outside services providers and create linkages with community programs.

Community Health Representative:

The goal of all community health promotion and injury/illness prevention activities are to promote healthy life choices using a community development and population health framework.

  • Offer a broad range of community-based activities that enhance health and well-being of community members,
  • Focus on health promotion and injury/ illness prevention and include such programs as maternal and infant health, child health, school health, adolescent health. Adult health and elder health.

To ensure that the services in community health include:

  • Maternal- Infant Health- prenatal clinics, prenatal classes, postnatal visits, postnatal classes, family planning and breastfeeding.
  • Child Health- child clinic, injury prevention education, developmental assessments, daycare education, nutrition guidance, and parenting classes.
  • School Health- vision, hearing and growth screening activities, educational sessions and health resources to teachers.
  • Adolescent Health- educational sessions on sexual health, prevention programs on alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
  • Adult Health- screening and prevention of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and health education in life choice activities.
  • Elder Health- screening for safety hazards and prevention of injuries, wellness screening and promotion of social opportunities.

Wayne Cobiness- Medical Transportation

Medical transportation is a health benefit to provide transportation to the nearest appropriate facility by medical van.

  • Must be a registered band member ( regardless of their band affiliation)

Health Services that can be accessed to the nearest appropriate facilities as followed:

  • Physician
  • Hospital
  • Diagnostic/ X-ray
  • Optometrist
  • Alcohol/ Drug Treatment
  • Pick-up and drop- off –Kenora greyhound
  • Dentist

The following types of services will not be provided by medical transportation:

  • Travel outside of Canada
  • Ambulance services
  • Services that occurred outside of band operations
  • Medical Transportation benefits for clients requiring dialysis, chemotherapy, methadone ingestion and radiation treatment will be prior approved through NIHB Medical Transportation Framework.

Home & Community Care Program, Community Coordinator

(Supervises 3 staff – 2- home support workers & 1- homemaker)

Provide access to quality home and community care services and support to First Nation members residing in First Nation communities to meet the community needs identified in the needs assessment that includes the following essential service elements:

  • Structured client assessment
  • Care coordination/case management
  • Home care nursing services
  • Home support services, personal care services and home management
  • In-home respite care
  • Access to medical supplies and equipment
  • Client records system maintained including initial assessments and periodic reassessments and on-going care plans and client documents
  • Management and support(including professional supervision/ consultation)
  • Linkages established with other health care and social service sectors
  • Provide services within a delivery model that supports integration  with other community-based health and social services and linkages with other health care sectors as per approved service delivery plan
  • Manage and monitor quality, liability and risk issues and ensure program delivery is supported by appropriate standards, policies and procedures
  • Build capacity through ongoing training , coaching and mentoring
  • Ensure that the providers of health care services are trained and recognized providers working within the limits of their training and acquired skill set
  • Implement standards and quality improvement measures.