Our History – It is ImportantIn the early 1990’s an agreement was signed by the North Shore Tribal Council Chiefs agreeing to renew and strengthen cooperation amongst the communities to achieve community controlled quality health care. Research was conducted to determine the health status of member First Nation citizens, which confirmed a higher incidence of smoking, alcohol and drug use, chronic disease health problems and mental health issues within our communities than the rest of Ontario. In addition, research indicated that barriers of access existed in terms of access to culturally appropriate services and the lack of early detection and screening in a timely manner.
In 1995, Health Canada began transferring health promotion and injury and illness prevention programs and funding to each North Shore Tribal Council First Nation.
At the same time, provincial research was examining First Nation/Aboriginal health issues. One important recommendation developed from the research and subsequent Health Policy was that First Nation/Aboriginal control over planning and service delivery was necessary to improve Aboriginal health.
Serving the Communities for 17 years
In 1995, N’Mninoeyaa Community Health Access Centre was developed and received provincial funding under the Aboriginal Healing & Wellness Strategy. The services delivered under this agreement were based on an outreach, collaborative and partnership model with each of the seven (7) First Nations and the Indian Friendship Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.
Mandate – What Excites Us
The Mandate of N’Mninoeyaa Health Access Program that is now appropriately funded under the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, is to:
– Improve accessibility, comprehensiveness, coordination, continuity and accountability of primary health care services.
– Respond to community and individual identified health priorities with effective, wholistic and culturally sensitive primary health care.
– Reflect the importance of disease prevention, health promotion and the social determinants of health in the collective planning and partnership delivery of primary health care.
– Increase client participation, responsibility and control in their health care.
– Ensure client access to Traditional Healers and Traditional healing services for their health care needs.[/swm_two_third]
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