The Atlantic First Nations Health Partnership exists to improve the health and wellbeing of Atlantic First Nations through participation of First Nations in the planning, management and delivery of programs and services funded or delivered by FNIHB Atlantic.
The Atlantic First Nations Regional Health Directors Meetings are essential to ensure that Health Directors have an opportunity to share, collaborate and strategize on issues. These meetings are an integral part of the Atlantic First Nations Health Partnership. At these meetings, Health Directors receive regular updates on the progress made by the Health Partnership. In turn, the Health Directors provide valuable insight, feedback, and recommendations to inform the planning, management and delivery of health activities.
The Mi`kmaq Maliseet Atlantic Youth Council (MMAYC) provides Atlantic First Nations youth with practical goals and solutions to enhance mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. MMAYC will strengthen and advance the goals and responsibilities of youth resulting in a greater self-identity and independence through a strategy that incorporates traditional and modern-day practices.
The Elder Care Working Group seeks to engage our First Nations Elders in dialog to properly ascertain their needs and information on barriers that they face; and, find innovative solutions to support them.
The Resolution Health Support Program (RHSP) provides access to an appropriate level of mental wellness support services to Indian Residential School (IRS) survivors and their family members(s); and, ensures that eligible former IRS students can safely address a broad spectrum of wellness issues related to the disclosure of childhood abuse(s).
The Non-Insure Health Benefits Navigator: Joe MacEachern, is available to provide the most up-to-date and relevant information on NIHB and help guide individuals through all the bureaucratic layers to access medically necessary health benefits. Joe provides information to individuals but understands that his position exists to offer emotional support and, where appropriate, advocate for individuals. Joe is well versed in the appeal process of decisions that the NIHB program makes on an individual’s file and is more than willing to help First Nations with their NIHB claim.
The Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative (AHHRI) seeks to ensure that First Nations, Inuit (FNIH) and Métis have access to health providers they need both now and in the future. AHHRI hopes to accomplish this by finding innovative ways to encourage and support Aboriginal students entering into to health care professions and to support health managers and community based workers acquire the skills to more effectively meet the health care needs of Aboriginal communities.
The Atlantic First Nations Annual Health Conference is an excellent networking opportunity for the entire Atlantic region for health professionals to create linkages and opportunities for collaboration; participate in training opportunities; and to increase their awareness of about regional issues. A highlight of the conference each year is the "Honour Our People Awards."
When engaging and working with First Nations people, cultural safety must always be taken into consideration.
Should you or your organization wish to work with and or learn more on First Nations culture in the Atlantic region, please contact Jarvis Googoo, APC Health Policy Analyst, who can provide you with contact information on various people or organizations in the Altantic region.