Programs offered

Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve (AHSOR)

This program is based on six primary components: education, health promotion, culture and language, nutrition, social support and parental\family involvement. These components ensure the children self-confidence, and a greater desire for learning. Each of these components are provided by Health Centre staff through a variety of programs and services. Regular speakers and facilitators visit the community and work with the children. Some of the visitors include: nutritionists, Mi’kmaq culture facilitators, hearing and speech therapists, and Elders.

Home & Community Care (HCC)

The Community Health Representative (CHR) conducts part of the program - The CHR performs administrative support services, which assist community members to help to arrange medical transportation and access Non Insured Health Benefit (NIHB). Responsibilities include: making home visits, workshops, individual and family teaching session.

Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI)

A Diabetic Prevention Worker provides services and workshops on diabetes and diabetes prevention, including nutrition, self-management, non-diagnostic screening, and referrals to appropriate health professionals. Exercise programs are created. The Worker provides group sessions, individual session and in-home care.

Canadian Pre Natal Program (CPNP)

Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program 
The goal of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program-First Nations and Inuit Component (CPNP-FNIC) is to improve maternal and infant nutritional health. Program clients: pregnant First Nations and Inuit women, mothers of infants, and infants up to twelve months of age who live on reserve or in Inuit communities, particularly those identified as high risk. Also includes First Nations and Inuit women of childbearing age on-reserve and in Inuit communities.

Maternal Child Health (MCH)

The goal of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program is to support pregnant First Nations women and families with infants and young children, who live on reserve, to reach their fullest developmental and lifetime potential. Program clients: all pregnant women and new parents, with long term support for those families who require additional services.

Brighter Futures

The Brighter Futures program is a community-based health promotion and ill-health prevention program for First Nations and Inuit communities. The program typically, promotes health and prevents ill-health through learning-related activities that strive to increase awareness, change attitudes, build knowledge and enhance skills.

Building Healthy Communities Mental Health Management (BCH/MH)

The Building Healthy Communities program is designed to assist First Nations and Inuit communities to develop community-based approaches to youth solvent abuse and mental health crises, the two components of the program. First Nations and Inuit communities have the flexibility to determine which program component(s) to provide community-based programs, services and/or activities in.

Community Health Promotion and Injury/Illness Prevention

In the community, we have a Community Health Nurse. The Nurse delivers and coordinates services including Public Health Protection (i.e. administering the annual flu clinic). Primary Health Care focuses on the Home and Community Health Promotion covers several areas, such as Healthy Child Development which includes Maternal/Child Health (MCH), the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP), Illness/Injury Prevention (IP): providing prenatal and postnatal education and support (both can include breastfeeding education), and follow ups for children for screenings, and to provide safety education/resources. These varied services may be provided through home visits, client visits to the Health Centre, or phone calls, as well as through my role as part of the Health Team in providing community activities, both for education & awareness about health factors, as well as for building connections & capacities within the community.

Mi’kmaw Physical Leadership Program (MPAL)

This summer GFN will be offering a day-care at the Health Centre through the summer student program!