Improving health care access in communities and reducing inequities in health care
WUNNUMIN LAKE, ON,June 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, met with community leaders in Wunnumin Lake First Nation. During this meeting, she announced funding for two initiatives
The health facility planning investment is the first step to addressing the health infrastructure needs of the community and providing better quality health care. Wunnumin Lake First Nation is one of three remote communities in Northern Ontario whose nursing services are managed by the community but funded by Health Canada. This approach allows greater flexibility for the community to design and deliver services tailored to its specific needs.
The Government of Canada is also investing $465,000 to support Wunnumin Lake's Choose Life Project, an initiative to help decrease the community's suicide risk factors.
Choose Life is a two-year project designed to expedite access to mental health services and supports. The project is geared to First Nations children and youth in Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities who are at risk of suicide. The goal is to implement a simplified process to access funding for mental health services under the Jordan's Principle Child-First Initiative.
"This is another example our commitment to work with First Nations leaders and community members across Canada to improve health outcomes in their communities. Today's funding in Wunnumin Lake is an important step. Through this investment, we will support the community to plan concrete, sustainable solutions that respond to needs they have identified."
The Honourable Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
"I am very happy to get funding for our nursing station. It's been a long wait. Now my staff will have more space for much-needed equipment, such as a dialysis machine -- the greatest need up North"
Chief Rod WinnepetongaWunnumin Lake First Nation
Associated LinksBudget 2016Jordan's PrincipleNishnawbe Aski Nation
SOURCE Health Canada
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