Muskoday Community Health Center
The inherent right and self-determination granted by the Creator guaranteed by Treaty and reinforced by the Elders will guide the Muskoday First Nation in building a strong, health, self-sufficient nation. Respect for traditional values and rights and for collective rights of all members will guide, preserve and maintain the integrity and success of our Nation. The vision and values must be preserved through our children who represent the key to our future for as long as the grass shall grow, the rivers shall flow and the sun shall shine.
To facilitate a holistic health service that empowers the community to preserve health and well-being.
OUR VALUES as found in the Tipi Teachings:
Love, Obedience, Kinship, Respect, Humility, Happiness, Cleanliness, Thankfulness, Sharing, Strength, Good Child Rearing, Hope, Ultimate Protection, Spirituality Control.
HEALTH CENTER STAFF
Health Portfolio Councillor Elaine Ross
Director of Health Ava Bear
Child and Family Services Worker Cynthia Bird
Community Addictions Worker Ron Quintal
Community Health Nurse Ruby Elderkin
Community Wellness Educator Brandy Crain
Community Wellness Worker Debbie Ermine
Dental Assistant Monica Fontaine
Dental Therapist Vanessa Morin
Focus on Families Home Visitor Tracy Bear
Focus on Families Prevention Worker Wendy Mirasty
Home Health Aide Estelle Bear
Home Care Nurse Yvette Carriere
Janitor Dale Bear
Patient Transportation Clerk Norma Crain
Receptionist Debbie Bear
TB Support Worker Tracy Bear
The Health Centre staff report directly to the Director of Health for the day to day activities. Most staff members have a clinical supervisor at the Saskatoon Tribal Council that they can refer to for guidance and support. All staff members are accountable to Chief and Council. The Child and Family Services worker is a direct employee of the Saskatoon Tribal Council.
The Muskoday Community Health Center is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are closed all statutory, civic and Indian Government Holidays. If you call our office and don’t get an answer it could be due to the fact that our administration buildings are closed for a funeral in the community. If you leave us a message we will get back to you as soon as we can.
PROGRAM AND SERVICE DESCRIPTION
The Muskoday Health Center provides various programs and services that are holistic in nature to the community members of the Muskoday First Nation. The goal is to increase the overall health status of community members by providing effective education and awareness, prevention programming and intervention and support. The services are coordinated using an integrated approach. Policies and procedures have been developed to keep within the guidelines of the programs as directed by the funding agencies and the Chief and Council of the Muskoday First Nation.
HEALTH CENTER STAFF
Health Director – Ava Bear
This position is responsible for the overall management of the Health Centre as directed through the Health Committee; the Saskatoon Tribal Council, First Nations and Inuit Health, and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and approved by Chief and Council. It is responsible to ensure appropriate recruitment of staff by applying policies, procedures and practices. The position ensures budgets and operational plans are developed, reviewed and approved, and ensures all reports are completed and delivered. The Health Director is to identify and secure the necessary resources to enhance the health status of community members. This includes working to have information management systems developed for the health programs and ensure timely and appropriate briefings and communications in regards to policy analysis, issue identification, new developments, and governmental reviews. The Health Director is to liaise with Federal structures and represent the Muskoday First Nation on negotiating bodies, technical working groups and steering committees. The Health Director assists Health Centre staff in the day-to-day operations to ensure that the programs and services are culturally appropriate; are delivered at a high standard; and that duplication is avoided in order to meet the annual program objectives as outlined in the work-plans. A key function is to liaise between all program areas and provide guidance, support and advice to the Health Committee and the Chief and Council.
Administrative Assistant – Debbie Bear (Term)
This position provides reception duties, clerical, secretarial and logistical support to the staff. Responsibilities include ensuring appropriate systems are operating in organization, communication and logistics. This position is the central hub to the office staff and the Director.
Janitor and Maintenance Worker – Dale Bear
The janitorial services include daily, weekly and monthly cleaning of the Health Centre as directed through the annual work plan. Minor maintenance services include garbage removal, lawn cutting and snow removal.
COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAMS
The focus of the community health program is program development and community health education and support. Administrative duties are performed to ensure the mandatory programming and follow-up is provided.
Community Health Nurse (CHN) – Ruby Elderkin
The Community Health Nurse offers a broad, inter-sectoral approach to encourage individual, family and community health. The range of nursing services and supports is loosely categorized as follows:
Family Centered Maternal Health Care: Prenatal and Postnatal Program
Infant and Preschool Health: Postnatal care, chronic/at risk assessments and follow-up, child health clinics, and preschool preparation clinics.
School Age Health: Nurse-Teacher conferencing, school visitation program, referrals and follow-up for any health concerns, health promotion and education presentations to individual classrooms.
Adult Health: Health education, which includes one-on-one and group presentations, lifestyle education, screening services, liaison services, and immunizations.
Chronic Conditions: Home visits, assessments and referrals, follow-up of discharge referral.
Elderly Health: Chronic conditions registry, social visits.
Community Wellness Educator – Brandy Crain
The role of the Community Wellness Educator (CWE) is to support the Community Health Nurse and the Home Care Nurse in providing education and awareness sessions to community members on a variety of topics. This individual will also assist the CHN with Well-Baby Clinics, the CPNP program by arranging for Good Food Box pick-up and delivery and ordering medical supplies. Assistance will also be provided to the Home Care Nurse in the area of the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative. A major role of this individual is to carry out the goals and objectives of the FASD program.
TB Support Worker(s) – Tracy Bear
The TB Support Worker assists the CHN with testing, tracing and the treatment of TB for the community members. Support is provided with the TB screening programs both at the school and in the Health Centre. This position, in conjunction with the CHN, traces individuals who have had direct contact with TB and are at risk for contracting or spreading the disease and delivers and monitors daily medications to individuals requiring them.
HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE PROGRAM
The Home and Community Care Program offers a broad range of support services to members living in the community. Services are provided in a holistic manner that addresses the client’s physical, social, spiritual and emotional health. Support is provided to enhance the care given by family members and to ensure a continuum of care as needed to keep individuals living in their homes independently as long as possible, by preserving and encouraging a healthy lifestyle with enhancement of the support provided by family and community. The components of the Home and Community Care program are:
– Client Assessment
– Case Management
– Home Care Nursing
– Personal Care
– Home Support
The Home and Community Care Program does not do for clients what clients can do for themselves. Due to funding restrictions, the Home and Community Care Program cannot provide services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The Home and Community Care Program is meant to assist clients and their families.
Home and Community Care Nurse – Yvette Carriere
This position offers Home Care Nursing support to members in the community through assessments. The Home Care Nurse provides clinical supervision and support to the Home Health Aide. Assistance with program development is provided through administrative support, training and in-services.
The Home Care Nurse also provides support to individuals living with diabetes as well as providing education and awareness to prevent the on-set.
Home and Community Care Home Support Worker – Estelle Bear
This position provides non medical support to individuals as directed and supervised by the Home Care Nurse. This includes homemaking services such as meal preparation, cleaning, laundry, assistance with shopping as identified and monitored through the Home Care assessment.
Mental Health “Community Wellness/Living Well” Program
The Community Wellness Program is a holistic program, which is multi-pronged to address wellness in a manner that respects individual needs. Assistance is provided to community members to enhance resiliency, self-efficacy and empowerment to all individuals within the First Nation.
Community Wellness Worker – Debbie Ermine
The Community Wellness Worker provides consultation and coordination for mental health/ wellness issues. Through consultation, case review, and assessment, support is provided for community members. Staff development is coordinated for mental health promotion, clinical practice skills and educational in-services. Liaison and referral services are provided to link community resources that provide support to individuals living in the community. Guidance and support is provided for policy development as it relates to mental health issues. Client advocacy is available on a case-by-case basis for individuals who require additional support. Crisis in community is also responded to by the Community Wellness Worker. This position works out of the school three days a week and students are encouraged to seek counseling.
Community Addictions Program
This program is to encourage and provide information to community members about sobriety, drug free and healthy lifestyles. It addresses the continuum of care approach to the issues of addiction. A continuum of care is provided for the following components: pre-treatment and assessment, referral services, counseling, intervention, follow-up, aftercare, prevention, and alternative programming. The approach is one of integration with existing resources and addresses all aspects of an individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. The community’s involvement is paramount to reaching the objectives of an addictions free community and involves not only the individual but also the individual’s family, support group, extended family and community.
Community Awareness Addictions Worker – Ron Quintal
The Community Awareness Addictions Program (CAPP) Worker provides client assessments, home visits, treatment referrals and one to one counseling. Support is available for the identified expanded scope of the program, including alcohol, street drugs, prescription drugs, inhalants, gambling and tobacco use.
MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
The Muskoday First Nation Medical Transportation Program is funded by First Nations Inuit Health (FNIH). The Program provides medical transportation coordination and medical taxi drivers. Under FNIH policy, transportation is only authorized to the nearest facility for medical, dental, and optometric appointments unless by a Doctor’s referral.
Medical Transportation Coordinator – Norma Crain
The Medical Transportation Coordinator provides coordinated transportation of clients attending appointments adhering to the FNIH-NIHB Directives and Medical Transportation Policies to ensure conformity in travel arrangements. Arrangements are provided for accommodations and meals for clients who are required to stay away from home for medical reasons. Statistical reports are provided to FNIH as per contribution agreement requirements.
Medical Transportation Drivers – Contract with County Cab – owner Alfred Crain
The Medical Transportation Taxi Service provides transportation services for the Muskoday First Nation members to medically required health services as scheduled by the Medical Transportation Coordinator.
CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM
Focus on Families Program
Under the guidelines of Elders and using an ‘asset based approach’ a comprehensive family intervention and support model was developed to strengthen families to prevent family breakdown. This family enhancement initiative is comprised of four components, the first three focusing on prevention services.
Component 1 and 2:
Prenatal and Postnatal support to the age of five years.
Pre and Postnatal Home Visitor – Tracy Bear
The goal of the MCH Program is to improve the health outcomes for First Nations women who are pregnant and families with infants and young children. The vision is that all First Nations infants and young children who live on reserve will be supported to reach their fullest developmental and lifetime potential by having access to a local, integrated and effective MCH program that is responsive to individual, family and community needs.
This staff member provides intensive support through outreach, home visiting, one-on-one support, group support, advocacy, referrals and integration of programs and services, case management programming, education, awareness and follow-up.
Community Based model
Prevention Worker – Wendy Mirasty
This staff member provides intensive support to families in need from 0-18 years of age and not involved with component one and two. This is similar to component one and two but is a community developed program, culturally based, focusing on community priorities and builds on existing strengths of the community.
The Child and Family Services Program provides for the physical safety and protection of children and assists in planning sustainable solutions in cooperation with the community. These services are intended to protect children from abuse and neglect.
1. Twenty-four hour response: A toll-free number has been established to provide after hours emergency Child and Family Services. 1-866-871-4237.
2. Parent-aide: The purpose of this program is to strengthen families by offering support to parents.
3. Respite: This offers a temporary service to parents and caregivers who require additional support for a specific time.
4. Out-of-Home Placements: There are a range of out-of-home placement services for children whose safety and security at home cannot be guaranteed.
5. Advocacy: Allowing someone to speak on your behalf to ensure your voice is heard.
Family Services Support Worker (STC Employee) – Cynthia Bird
The Family Services Support Worker is responsible for the protection of children and ensuring effective childcare management services. The Family and Community Service Workers link with other community staff to develop integrate and coordinate culturally appropriate services that are geared to support and strengthen families. Apprehension is used as a last resort with much emphasis placed on supporting families and keeping children in their own community within the extended family circle.
Dental Therapist – Vanessa Morin
The Dental Therapist provides the following services: exams, x-rays, cleanings, fillings, and tooth extractions. She also provides oral hygiene instruction for children, fluoride treatments, prizes, stickers and toothbrushes. Lots of smiles! She makes referrals for root canals, dentures and braces.
Dental Assistant – Monica Fontaine
The Dental Assistant provides assistance to the Dental Therapist by booking appointments, providing transportation for students to and from school, filing, sterilizing equipment and other duties as required.
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