DEER LAKE FIRST NATION, ON, April 6, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, Deer Lake First Nation celebrates the transfer of their communityprimary care services from Indigenous Services Canada to Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO). Community primary care services will now be delivered using a new service delivery model developed by KO in collaboration with its member communities.
The transfer of primary care services will result in additional nurses serving the community, primary care supports and services tailored to address the community's unique health needs, and improvements in health services integration among KO member communities. Deer Lake is the first KO member community to transfer the administration of its primary care services.
"I applaud Keewaytinook Okimakanak for their leadership in providing First Nation-led services to Deer Lake First Nation. While managing primary care in a remote community can provide unique challenges, KO is ideally placed to understand and respond to the community's needs. Indigenous Services Canada is proud to support this important work that advances self-determination in health."The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.Minister of Indigenous Services
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