FHQ health services is respected globally for exceeding quality in the delivery of safe health care services that embrace First Nations cultures and our traditions of wholistic physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing contributing to healthy individuals, families and communities.
FHQ Health services is a program of the FHQTC dedicated to the delivery of safe client-centered wholistic care and supportive services for and with our member Nations that are consistent with our values and meet the needs of our communities.
Health Services lives the values of the FHQTC:
Respect, Accountability, Cooperation & Integrity.
Specific to our health care environment, we emphasize:
• Cultural Practices • Collaboration & Relationships • Self Directed Health Care • Community Involvement • Innovation
Measures of Success
Our highest measures of success are aligned with our
goals and are determined through:
• Client satisfaction ratings
• Responsiveness to best practices and emerging trends
• Unqualified annual audit
• Expenses do not exceed available resources
• Staff retention rates
• Staff satisfaction ratings
• Annual gathering feedback
G1: Our clients – To provide safe and effective services that
place the needs of individual, family and/or community first
G2: Our financial resources – To maintain an efficient and sustainable
organization focused on continuous improvement
G3: Our Human Resources – To support career growth and
support a desirable working environment
G4: Our Community – To contribute to the growth and development
of our member Nations
FHQ Health Services is a program of File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council dedicated to the delivery of safe, client centered wholistic care and supportive services for and with our member Nations that are consistent with our values and meet the needs of our communities.
The mission of the FHQ Tribal Council First Nations Health Services Program is to assist in the development of healthy and safe communities by enhancing and complimenting the client services currently being delivered to First Nations of FHQ Tribal Council in a culturally respectful and professional manner.
Home Health services are provided to deliver safe client-centered care and supportive services to FHQTC communities. The Home and Community Care team includes Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Home Health Aides. Staff participate in continuing educational opportunities such as Medical Device Reprocessing, Care of Patient/Kidney Disease, Inoculist Certification, Wound Care Treatment and Advanced Foot Care Courses. Nursing Staff complete assessments with the client and/or family to determine care needs. They provide referrals to other professionals
such as Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist, Podiatrist, Women’s Health, etc. The team attend monthly Wellness Clinics in collaboration with the Diabetes Team and conduct Annual Flu Clinics. The nurses offer Foot Care Clinics to residents of Lakeview Lodge Personal Care Home and Home Care clients as required and provide on-site wound care to clients of Pasikow Muskwa Rising Bear Healing Centre. Home Health Aides provide supportive home visits to clients, including personal care in the clients’ home, at the community health clinic or at the All Nations’ Healing Hospital.
Goal: The overall goal of the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI) is to improve the health status of individuals, families and communities through actions aimed at reducing prevalence and incidence of diabetes and its risk factors.
The ADI team develops and delivers health promotion and prevention activities with the aim of reducing Type 2 Diabetes. The team works to promote healthy lifestyles to reduce obesity, encourage healthy eating and increase physical activity by attending monthly Wellness Clinics in collaboration with the Home Care team.
The ADI program staff offer the following services:
ADI professional staff also provide preceptorship to nursing and nutrition students through community placements with FHQTC.
Key outcomes of the Community Health Nursing Program are:
To improve health outcomes and support community members in all aspects of holistic health through programs and service delivery and partnerships.
• Client Focused Care • Relationship Building • Advocacy • Health Promotion • Prevention • Capacity Building
• Immunization Program • Communicable Disease Program •Maternal Child Health Program • School Health Program • Chronic Disease Program
The Community Health Nurses scope of practice includes: • Health Promotion • Prevention and Health Protection • Health Maintenance, Restoration and Palliation • Professional Relationships • Capacity Building • Access and Equity • Professional Responsibility and Accountability
The Environmental Public Health Program works to identify and prevent environmental public health risks that could impact the health of community residents. Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) provide advice, guidance, education, public health inspections and recommendations to communities, tribal council entities and their leadership to help them manage public health risks associated with the environment. EHOs visit communities to do inspections, investigations and provide education and training sessions. Program areas include activities in the areas of water quality, sewage disposal, solid waste disposal, food quality, communicable disease control, community facilities, special events, housing, pest control and occupational health and safety. EHOs identify potential public health risks in communities and provide recommendations on how to correct them.
Under the direction of the EHOs the Water Quality Technicians and Community Based Water Monitors conduct sampling of water systems in the communities. This sampling ensures the safety of drinking water by testing for bacteria in the water as well as chlorine residuals which prevents the growth of bacteria.
The vision of the MCH Program is to improve the health of mothers, infants and families and support the development of children in an effort to address the gap in life chances between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children. The goal is that pregnant First Nations women and families with infants and young children, who live on reserve, reach their fullest developmental and lifetime potential. The Maternal Child Health Program aims to develop and maintain a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated approach to MCH programs and services.
Ensure program elements are delivered including:
The program also provides access to a system of home visiting, screening, assessment and case management for pregnant women and families with infants/young children who live on reserve and ensures First Nations culture and traditions are supported in delivery of MCH.
Health Education encompasses a range of services including the SGI Safety Program. The program provides a variety of health education programming and career choice opportunities to member youth. Health Education has established partnerships with the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Council (IPHRC), Qu’Appelle Haven Safe Shelter, Qu’Appelle Valley Friendship Centre, Leading Thunderbird Lodge and the Regina District Industry Education Council.
The Health Educator delivers youth related programs and services such as:
Saskatchewan Government Insurance partnered with FHQ Health Services to deliver the Traffic Safety Program. Program activities include:
The primary goal of AHSOR is to establish a community focused approach to provide preschool children with a positive sense of themselves, a desire for learning and opportunities to develop fully and successfully as young people. AHSOR preschool intervention supports the development of the physical, intellectual, social, spiritual and emotional well-being of our children within our FHQ communities. The AHSOR Program provides early childhood intervention support for First Nation children up to 6 years old in 6 core areas:
As a second level service to community, the AHSOR Coordinator provides support through yearly program monitoring, managing funding agreements, and provides up to date principles, guidelines, inspections, regulations as well as policies. The Coordinator organizes training opportunities, offers workplan guidance and support, assists with activity and financial reporting for community Head Start staff.
The goal of the School of Tobacco is to provide smoking cessation and education for youth.
Providing Lactation Consultant services helps to ensure that mothers receive the breastfeeding education and support needed to initiate and continue
breastfeeding successfully. The Community Dietitian achieved International Board Certified Lactation Consultant qualifications. Individual Lactation Services are promoted at CPNP classes with the offer to provide phone consultations, home visits, or meetings at health clinics as requested. There is collaboration with the Community Health Nurses to promote and utilize the Lactation Services.
The goal of CPNP is to improve the health of mothers and infants by providing maternal nourishment, nutrition education/counseling, and breastfeeding promotion and support. CPNP workshops are offered monthly to communities. The dietitian prepares a meal to share with the group. Ingredients to make the meal are provided for participants to prepare at home for families. Discussion during the meal provides information on nutrition, infant feeding, and breastfeeding.
Telehealth clinics include:
Education sessions include: