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WRTC Health Department - Tribal Public Health Nursing Services

Purpose
The purpose of the Tribal Nursing Services Program is to promote health and well being using a population health approach to improve the overall health status of First Nation people (s) of the West Region Tribal Council area and to plan and/or develop mechanisms to assess and monitor quality of care, usage of health care and cost effectiveness related to health care.

Goal
To implement Public Health Nursing Services that meet the Mandatory and Discretionary Health Program needs of the First Nations Communities.

Objectives: (but not limited to)
•To work towards improving and enhancing the Mandatory and Discretionary Programs so as to protect and promote high standards of public health services.
•To assist the First Nations Communities in understanding the deliverance of the Mandatory and Discretionary Programs requirements.
•To work towards the enhancement of Public Healthcare as equitable team players and advocates for quality and quantity of public health care.
•To promote appropriate, effective and efficient health programs and services which encourage healthy lifestyles and healthy community environments.
•To work towards improving and maintaining the general health of the First Nations people of the West Region Tribal Council area.
Goal: Communicable Disease Control (CDC)
To promote healthy lifestyles and environments so as to prevent and control the impact of communicable disease on the health and well being of the people of the West Region Tribal Council area.
Objective(s):
•To maintain a communication strategy with other jurisdictions regarding the management, control, and prevention activities in the area of communicable diseases.
•To work in collaboration with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Medical Officer of Health (FNIHB0 and the Environmental Health Officer (WRTCHD) in the management, control, and prevention of communicable diseases.
•To maintain an appropriate surveillance system to assist in the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
•To facilitate community based contact tracing and follow-up activities related to the control of communicable diseases.
•To report all cases of communicable diseases as required by the Public Health Act.


Communicable Disease Control - Immunization Program
Goal
To provide of an effective Immunization Program to the First Nation Communities of the West Region Tribal Council.
Objectives:
•To ensure that 90% children of West Region Tribal Council area are immunized according to the Provincial Immunization Guidelines.
•To decrease the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases.
Activities:
•Action oriented Well-Baby Clinics on a monthly basis at the Public HealthCentres.
•Effective record maintenance all immunization information of client charts.
•Direct linkage to the Manitoba Immunization Monitoring System (MIMS) at Manitoba Health.
•Effective monitoring system in order to evaluate the immunization status of First Nation children in the West Region Tribal Council areas on an annual basis.
•To provide health promotion and educational activities to individuals/parents on the seriousness of vaccine preventable childhood diseases.
•To provide health education sessions to parents and community members regarding the importance of the Immunization Program as a preventative measure.
Communicable Disease Control - Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) are classified as communicable diseases under the Public Health Act and must be reported because of the potential to spread from one person to another. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) are the most common of all Communicable Diseases and are transmitted from one person to another through close intimate contact, usually through sexual intercourse. The highest rate of infection occurs in the 15 - 19 year old age group.
The management and control of Communicable Diseases will depend on preventive measures such as diagnosis and treatment, contact tracing and treating all sexual contacts, monitoring and continuing to observe those contacts that have received treatment. Education and counselling of clients, contacts, and the public will also play a pivotal role in the prevention and control of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).

Goal
To reduce the incidence and prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in the highest risk group ages 15 - 24 years old.
Objectives
•To reduce the incidence and prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in the 15 - 24 year old age group.
•To increase the knowledge and awareness of sexually transmitted infections.
•Conduct contact tracing/follow up activities for sexually transmitted infections.
•Provide health education workshops/one-to-one counseling on the transmission, treatment, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections.
Discretionary Programs
Discretionary Programs are programs that respond to the needs of the population. The Public Health Nurses will provide the following services based on the identified needs of the First Nations Communities:
•Maternal/Child Health
•Reproductive Health
•Pre-School Health
•Adolescent Health
•Dental Health
•Diabetes Education
•Elderly/Geriatric Health
•Prenatal Nutrition
•Health Information System

 

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