Yúustway Health Services (YHS) provides community health programs and services through 3 divisions: Community Health and Wellness Division; Health Benefits Advocacy and Promotion Division; and Home and Community Care Division.
The Yúustway Health Services Department strives to improve the health and wellness of Squamish Nation membership through the provision of community health services and the promotion and support for access to all health services.
Yúustway Health Services provides members with the best possible public and preventative health services as well as advocacy and support to access government and community health programs and services.
In addition to providing the ongoing services outlined above, we are pleased to provide information on some of our priority projects.
Squamish Nation Yúustway Health Services/Tsleil-Waututh Nation Health Community Engagement Hub (CeH): The purpose of the CeH is to develop Planning, Collaboration, and Communication opportunities for First Nations communities to work together in health services and program areas to make improvements. Through joint planning, there is more opportunity for our communities to find common solutions to common problems. We are in receipt of an annual grant from First Nations Health Authority to implement this integrated initiative. Last year the Squamish CeH project hosted five community orientation sessions within the North Shore and Squamish Valley. Additionally the CeH project co-hosted a Health Fair with Tsleil-Waututh Nation on March 1, 2012 at the Tsleil-Waututh Community Centre. The fair was very successful with more than 30 exhibitors with displays focused on Primary Health Care. There were more than 150 participants from the Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh communities. In the coming year we are looking forward to engaging the communities in important discussions about health and health planning.
Community Health Planning and Evaluation: YHS is currently in the fourth year of our 10 year full flexible transfer agreement. We have experienced some great successes and also some interesting challenges. Our team has begun planning for our evaluation which will take place during the fifth year of our agreement (2013/14). We are very excited to utilize our CeH initiative to support this important work.
Home and Community Care Client Service Agreement Booklet: In our ongoing effort to improve services this new booklet was developed. The Client Service Agreement is provided to each client and is intended to provide our clients and their families with information regarding the procedures and communications that help us provide the best possible care.
Home and Community Care – Foot Care Service: Healthy feet allow you to be active, which has numerous benefits such as: keeping weight off; maintaining and improving muscle and bone strength; and, improving our emotional and mental health, to name a few. Feet that are healthy allow for proper foot and body mechanics, which in turn helps to prevent falls. Falls are a major cause of disability for Elders. Proper foot care can also alert people to early signs of other more serious health issues such as diabetes or poor circulation. Therefore the team has implemented our new foot care service for our H&CC clients who are assessed for with this need. The fully trained team also provides foot care clinics at various YHS workshops and initiatives.
H&CC Capacity and Team Building: Monthly “lunch and learn” sessions have been implemented to give staff an opportunity to increase skills and knowledge in service provision. Some examples are Confidentiality, Occupational Health and Safety workshops as well as workshops to implement changes in client documentation. The continued commitment of this division is to provide quality service to the community members who are most vulnerable. Ongoing education opportunities for the staff, and careful evaluation of the care we provide, will ensure that we continue to strive for the highest standard of service.
Mental Health, Crisis Response and Suicide Prevention: Our team has been pleased to work in partnership with a number of Squamish Nation departments to support suicide prevention and awareness, including training of staff and community members, development of suicide awareness materials, ongoing planning and support of Squamish Nation crisis response, etc.
Community Health and Wellness Division
The Community Health and Wellness division provides members with mental, emotional, physical and spiritual support and health services. These include conventional mental health & addictions counselling, community nursing and a doctor’s clinic as well as traditional, alternative and naturopathic healing and wellness.
Community Health Clinic with Family Physician
Description: A part-time drop in medical clinic is located at the West Vancouver office. Services include: medical assessment and referral, chronic disease management and awareness, health prevention and awareness, sexual health counselling, STD/AIDS testing prevention and referral, birth control, pregnancy testing, Hepatitis B vaccination, referral to other health and social services, etc.
Community Health Nurse (CHN) Services
Description: There is one full-time CHN located in North Vancouver and one part-time CHN in Squamish Valley. Squamish Nation CHNs provide community based health services and information. Services include: prenatal care, postnatal care, immunization, HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) prevention and awareness, sexual health information, flu clinics, communicable disease control, diabetes awareness and prevention, etc.
Description: Currently, there are two full-time Addictions Counsellors providing services to North/West Vancouver and Squamish Valley. Our Addictions Counsellors provide counselling and treatment referral services. Services include: one to one counselling, support completing treatment assessment/referral/application forms, support coordinating travel to and from treatment, development of wellness plans including pre- and post-treatment care, provision of prevention and awareness information, support and coordination of community-based services (such as . talking circles), etc.
Mental Health Intake Services
Description: The Mental Health Intake Worker provides initial response, support and referral to short term counselling in North/West Vancouver and Squamish Valley. Services include: short term crisis counselling referral to individual/couples/group counselling, referrals to alternative healing and planning support in regards to mental health issues. Our goal is to ensure client safety and fair and equitable access to various programs and services.
Alternative Healing and Wellness Services
Description: Our team provides coordination of various alternative healing and wellness services. Services include: development of personal wellness plans, referral to alternative healing practitioners and coordination of various alternative healing and wellness activities in the community in North/West Vancouver and Squamish Valley.
Health Benefits Advocacy and Promotion Division
The Health Benefits Advocacy and Promotion division works to identify and build community specific health promotion and disease prevention programs and resources, provide advocacy and support to community members seeking to access health services, and advocate for national level policy change to improve overall health and access to funding for First Nations Peoples.
Description: The Health Benefits Advocacy and Promotion team provides advocacy and support to community members (in North/ West Vancouver and Squamish Valley) with regard to accessing health programs and services. Services include: provision of health prevention and awareness materials and information, provision of contact and program information related to Health Canada Non-Insured Health Benefits, support to complete Health Canada forms and applications, advocacy and support to follow up on various applications to Health Canada, management and administration of the Squamish Nation Health Project, support and coordination of Medical Transportation funding as per Health Canada policy and procedures and support and referral to other health services related to the provincial government, Vancouver Coastal Health and other organizations.
Home and Community Care (H&CC) Division
The Home and Community Care division assists clients with activities of daily life including personal care tasks and homemaking. The division also ensures that advanced medical/nursing care is provided by hospitals/long term care facilities as required. The goal of the division is to promote maximum independence and enhanced quality of life for care recipients by providing service that supplements and complements (but that does not replace) the care provided by families, friends and the community.
Description: This dedicated team, including a Manager, Administrative Coordinator, Registered Nurse Assessor, Personal Care Workers and Homemakers, provides holistic personal care and homemaking services to clients in their homes on reserve in North/West Vancouver and Squamish Valley. Services include: assessing and monitoring health status, bathing, foot care, grooming, nutrition, light homemaking, etc.
Dr. Blanka’s Drop-in Clinic Hours:
New hours for Fall 2012 – Download here
- Health Canada – First Nations Inuit Health
- Vancouver Coastal Health
- Vancouver Coastal Health – Aboriginal Health Strategic Initiatives
- First Nations Health Council
- Ministry of Health Services
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- BC Drug & Poison Information Centre
- Canada’s Food Guide
- College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC – Find A Physician Accepting New Patients
- Health Canada – Diabetes
- Health Canada – Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB)
- Health Link BC – Non-emergency Health Information & Services
- National Aboriginal Diabetes Association
- FNHC – Healthy Food Guidelines for First Nations Communities
- Tripartite Information Bulletin on Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- A Tripartite Fact Sheet on Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Questions and Answers about Agriflu and Fluad Seasonal Influenza Vaccines
- Grief and Loss Support Group – Starts May 7th, 2014
- Call for Proposals – Weaving Teacher & Assistants
- Yuu chaxw – Anger Management workshop – Starts June 5th, 2014
- Closing of Dr. Blanka’s Clinic