Providing same day care to rural and urban indigenous people residing in Alberta via secure video or phone service.
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Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 8:30pm
Saturday – Sunday
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
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COVID-19 Important Links
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Target Audience: Health Centre Staff
Celebrate the 1 year anniversary public launch of the Alberta Indigenous Virtual Care Clinic!
Target Audience: Nurses and health care staff providing COVID-19 immunizations in First Nations communities in Alberta.
Target Audience: Everyone welcome
Mindfulness can be defined as our ability to pay attention on purpose, non-judgementally, in the moment to sensations, thoughts, and emotions. As humans our bodies and nervous systems are wired for safety, connection, and meaning however trauma and chronic stress can leave us feeling frozen in time or hyper-vigilant as an adaptation and protection (If it happened once it can happen again, if this worked once it will work again). Sometimes we may feel anxious, afraid, angry, overwhelmed, powerless etc and the intensity of these emotions may feel like they don’t quite fit what’s happening, or may cause us to act in ways that are out of alignment with who and how we want to be. In this class we will explore how the nervous system, brain and body process stressful experiences, how trauma interrupts these processes, and grounding techniques for re-orienting to the moment.
Target Audience: Home care Programs in Alberta Region
In this interactive session, you will be introduced to the updated Client Specific Medical Supply Order Form. Marie and Marilyn will walk you through some useful tips in filling the form out as well provide some time to answer any questions.
Experiences of trauma and chronic stress often cause us to disconnect from the body and become stuck. During this gentle Yoga class we will explore simple movement, breath work, visualization and meditation focused on safely connecting to our whole selves and releasing stress.
Target Audience: Home cooks who want to cook healthy meals that their families will enjoy.
Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn:
We will be hosting three sessions, one for each treaty area.
Come and learn how the Help Desk for Indigenous Leadership can assist you.
Participants will gain an understanding of how the Help Desk can work in collaboration with your community, the supports offered to Indigenous communities, and how you can contact the Help Desk.
Part of our Addiction and Mental Health learning series
Target Audience: Anyone who supports individuals who use substances alone.
Review virtual harm reduction strategies and plateforms
Discussion on the barriers and facilitators to using these services in your community.
You will learn strategies for:
Understand what influenza is and its potential impactBe knowledgeable about influenza and Pneumo-P vaccinesand related programmingBe able to implement TB Screening for At Risk MedicalConditionBe able to implement influenza surveillance activitiesUnderstand Influenza programming within COVID-19 context
Target Audience: those in support/caregiving roles both personally or professionally
There are two option dates for this session. July 22nd and July 26th @1:30
Target Audience: Health Directors, Project Managers, anyone writing the Letter of Intent.
Target Audience: The general public and/or health care providers and other professionals.
Target Audience: Home cooks who want cook healthy meals that their families will enjoy
What is a balanced meal and why is it importantHow to customize a power bowl to your tasteAnd how to safely get kids involved in cooking
Target Audience: anyone supporting families /caregivers who have a loved one struggling with substance use and addiction.
Target Audience: Community-based providers providing care for clients with methamphetamine concerns in First Nations settings.
Target audience: the general public and/or health care providers and other professionals.
ISC provided COVID-19 funding through a variety of streams (social, education, ICSF, FNIHB, etc.) and agreements. Attend this session to learn details about reporting required for the various COVID-related funding streams. This session is intended to help you complete your COVID-related year-end reporting/audits.
Questions can be submitted in advance or at the end of the presentation to VChelp@FNTN.ca
Addiction and Mental Health Learning Series: Session #2
Target audience: the general public and/or health care providers and other professionals. Especially anyone who works with youth.
Target Audience: Health Directors, Treatment Centre Directors, mental health workers, NNADAP Workers, Nurses
Participants will learn about a variety of virtual care models and how these services are effectively meeting client needs. Participants will be able to identify key best practices that contribute to the development of an effective and professional virtual mental health and addictions service. Participants will be aware of resources available to support their community in developing innovative virtual services.
Target Audience: Open to all AB Nations with COVID19 Rapid Testing Instruments
This session is mandatory viewing for all Health staff involved in the operation and reporting of testing from both GeneXpert and Abbott ID NOW instruments. If you are unable to view the live session you will be required to view the recorded session as soon as possible.
This session will feature speakers from the Provincial Lab the data entry team, the Medical Microbiologist in charge of COVID19 testing for Alberta. They will present the work flow of reporting and how issues in reporting can cause a cascade effect across the province.
To ensure that all immunizers understand how to properly use the Pfizer mRNA vaccine within the COVID 19 vaccine program.
2 of 2 Backyard sessions
Target Audience: Anyone wanting to enhance an existing garden space with soil enriching compost, and everybody wanting to reduce their environmental impacts by diverting food scraps from the landfill using a backyard compost pile!
1 of 2 Backyard sessions
Target Audience: Everyone wanting to start gardening this spring, anyone wanting to enhance an existing garden space with soil enriching compost!
Review of process and forms for nurses following COVID 19 variant cases and their contacts in the community.
Addiction and Mental Health learning Series: Session #1
Treatment Center Learning Series - 1/5
Target Audience: Health Directors, Community Mental Health Workers, Nurses, Community NNADAP Workers, Treatment Centre Directors
Learning Outcomes: Participants will develop a foundational understanding of what harm reduction programming is, and how this is beneficial within a community addictions continuum of care. Participants will identify the benefits associated with both in person and virtual harm reduction models.
Target Audience: Youth and Adults
Presenter: Bearwoman (Adele Arcand), a Cree/Mohawk Wisdom Keeper, Educator, Healer.
Target Audience: First Nation Health, Social, Education directors and technicians
Understand new eligibility requirements under CHRT 36What do I need to applyWhere can I receive help with my requests
Target Audience: Anyone who likes to grocery shop, prepare food or eat delicious meals.
What to keep on hand to prepare easy mealsHow to shop for the best value for their grocery dollarHow to store food items safely.
Target Audience: Anyone who likes to grocery shop, prepare food or eat delicious meals.
Target Audience: Health Centre Staff
Medical Officer of Health UpdateVaccine UpdateCurrent Priority Topic - Management of COVID-19 VariantsTime for additional questions from communitiesDr. Cheryl Barnabe, a Rheumatologist based in Calgary, will also be joining us.
EPHS is rolling out a new instrument for community-based water monitoring called Kemio. This will replace what communities are currently using, Chlorosense, which is being phased out by the manufacturer in the near future. This will be an information session to introduce this new instrument, it’s features and its use, as well as provide resources and answer any questions from communities. After this session your community Environmental Public Health Officer will be in contact to follow up and provide further support and training.
Target Audience: Health Directors, community health workers, Nurses, NNADAP Treatment Centre Directors, Addictions Workers, emergency management
Community workers are at the front of the COVID pandemic; continuing to provide essential, sometimes lifesaving services, while balancing personal and family wellness. Compassion fatigue and “burnout” are normal human responses to overwhelming emotional demand. This session will focus on tools to enhance staff resilience, and resources that can support an emotionally and mentally healthy work environment.
Review the new CHIP SLICE tools and reports.
Review of specific tips for entering COVID-19 Imm Records in CHIP & the new COVID Tickler for planning.
Target Audience: Nurse Managers, all immunizers, & any other staff that are entering records
This session will provide a brief summary of COVID-19 as well as describing the two approved vaccines that are currently available for administration. These vaccines are the Pfizer BioNTech and the Moderna Vaccines.
Target Audience: Nurses providing vaccinations in First Nations communities in Alberta
Review changes to the Alberta Immunization Program that are effective January 1, 2021. Immunization program changes include measles containing vaccine (MMR, MMR-Var), dTap, and tetanus immune globulin (TIG).
Miyo-mâmitoneyihcikan / Kedìh ùùjón “Good Mind” Learning Series
-Connecting with family & friends and celebrating in a COVID safe way.
-Supporting those with limited support systems during the holidays (i.e. Elders, long-term care members, living outside their home community, etc.).
Target Audience: Indigenous leadership ( in all forms) working to protect their communities.
As part of its COVID-19 response, in March 2020 the Canadian Red Cross, in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada / First Nations Inuit Health Branch, initiated a Help Desk resource for Indigenous Community Leadership. The goal was to offer a virtual workforce to collaborate with them on their pandemic planning, the implementation of public health measures and on supporting the mental health of their membership during the pandemic. This session details the services offered and discusses how CRC sees this model as a potential modus of operandi post-COVID for rural and remote communities.
This session will provide info regarding a new clinic serving rural and urban Indigenous People living in Alberta.
Session Learning Objectives:
How do I know when I’m stressed?
What are some things I can do?
Nurturing self care.
Target Audience: Health Directors, Band Managers, Chief Financial Officers, Directors of Emergency Management, Education Directors, others dealing with COVID-19 funds
FNIHB and RO will review the reporting required for the various COVID-19 funding and how to account for the funds. Details and examples will be presented to help the Nations understand how the various streams of funding can be used in alignment with their funding agreement. Accounting considerations will be presented to help support and set up the Nations for their annual audit cycle.
Zoom connection information is available on the poster
Learn about the Indigenous Community Support Fund round 2. The session will focus primarily on ICSF 2 Envelope 2 which is a proposal process to access additional COVID funds not covered by other streams. The application process will be reviewed with opportunity for Nations to ask questions on ICSF2.
COVID-19 Funding 4 Part Mini-Series
Learn about the different streams of COVID-19 related funding provided by Indigenous Services Canada. The session will cover funding provided by both FNIHB and Regional Operations. Understand which streams were allocations and which streams are accessible via a proposal process. Basic eligibility of items under each fund will be covered. Where perimeter security is now funded. Content will be followed by question/answer period for Nations to ask questions.
Target Audience: Parents of teen parents and practitioners working with teen parents, including medical and educational
An opportunity to learn more about Respiratory Syncytial Virus.
Information on the 2020 Influenza immunization program, the pneumococcal vaccine, and anaphylaxis management will be provided by the CDC Team members. Attending the video conference, or watching the presentation once recorded, is required for NPs, RNs, LPNs, and paramedics who plan on administering the influenza and pneumococcal vaccines. The information in the video conference may also be of interest to other health care staff that assist with influenza clinics. Presentation will be provided closer to the video conference date.
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Target Audience: Anyone who is involved in food banking, social services, or human service. Anyone who is interested in increasing food security services within your community.
Food Banks Alberta is the provincial association of food banks in Alberta with a mission to strengthen the impact of the food bank network by sharing best practices, innovations, and essential resources between members, stakeholders, and community partners. FBA is comprised of 97 member food banks across Alberta. Learn more here: http://foodbanksalberta.ca/. This session will focus on who Food Banks Alberta is, the importance and value in being a member of Food Banks Alberta, what resources we provide, and how we help you in feeding your community? We will also provide information on how we can help if your community does not have a food bank, and assist in making connection to a food bank near you and assist in developing these relationships to better serve your community.
A discussion on both behavioral and medication based strategies to provide support around clients who have acute methamphetamine toxicity and psychosis.
This session will discuss how you can help support people in your community living with diabetes by becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). We will review how CDEs can help enhance care in their community, details of the registration process, the CDE Certification exam, and options available for exam preparation.
The purpose of this session is to increase knowledge of risk factors that may lead to addiction, mental health, and concurrent disorders. Everyone experiences mental distress on a daily basis. When children or youth have difficulties coping with life pressures this may negatively impact their mental health and their families’ well-being. This session will allow participants to explore resources that may help prevent and/or mitigate the outcomes of mental health issues.
Dr. Linda Kongnetiman, PhD MSW RSW Manager, Provincial Addiction & Mental Health, Information and CYFI Standards, AHS l
Arianna Mestre Wong, MSc MSW Consultant, Provincial Addiction & Mental Health, Information and CYFI Standards, AHS
The Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) Subcommittee of Health Co-Management (HCoM) is seeking proposals from interested applicants to support enhanced treatment services to First Nations through the provision of a Youth Solvent Abuse Prevention Centre (YSAC) in Alberta.
Target Audience: All applicants (Health Centres; Treatment Centres)
Hosted by: Jennifer Horsnall and Kimberley Loh, Co Chairs of the Mental Health and Addictions Subcommittee
Target Audience: Band members who are unsure of their coverage, frustrated by the medical system, need medical support or looking for quality health care referrals
A free service helping First Nations people access quality health care for Feet, teeth, eyes and medicine. We help with the paper work, make suggestions on where to go, guarentee that client will be treated with respect EVERY time. We become an advocate for the client to make sure there is no miscommunication, no run around, no wrong information and no abuse
Target Audience: Treaty 8 Health Directors, Mental Health Therapist, Community Based Workers
arget Audience: Teens, adults, educators, youth workers, parents, and support workers
The COVID-19 crisis is causing stress for everyone, and many of us are dealing with feelings of anxiety and/or depression as a result. This presentation will look at anxiety and depression as normal reactions to stressful situations, and will give you some ideas of how you can cope with these feelings.
Yoga is often translated to mean union and the practices of deliberate breathing (pranayama), physical postures (asana), and meditation may allow us to cultivate a compassionate curiosity (mindfulness) towards our experiences, thoughts, emotions and sensations thereby reducing stress, unraveling tension, and reclaiming the body.
Harm Reduction: Harm reduction is a term that applies to policies, programs, and practices that aim to minimize the health, social, and economic consequences of substance abuse. Harm reduction acknowledges that many people will continue to abuse drugs and engage in other dangerous behaviors despite prevention efforts. Harm Reduction accepts that many people are unwilling or unable to seek treatment. But while some people who use substances may not necessarily require treatment, it is helpful for them to be aware of resources that can help minimize harm from their alcohol/drug use.
Review of case management and contract tracing for COVID-19.
This workshop is for front line service providers who want to learn how to support someone in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Topics discussed include examining types of violence, understanding the role of power, responding to disclosures of violence, barriers faced by those targeted by violence, and understanding the impact of COVID-19.
We will discuss Centre for Suicide Prevention’s programs and services with a focus on two specific life promotion initiatives: a suicide bereavement workshop and a life promotion guide for communities.
After this workshop, participants will learn:
This presentation will review how the COVID 19 presents unique challenges to maintaining our good mental health, and how we can work to overcome these challenges through building and connecting with our resilience. Additionally, sources of community and public health information will be shared.
(1) Understand how and why anxiety develops…and how the present situation
(2) Learn practical strategies to manage stress and anxiety
(3) Learn how anxiety can actually work FOR you!
Target Audience: Caregivers, parents and adolescents
We find ourselves dealing with a new type of grief and loss with COVID-19…changes in our lives as people, employees and caregivers. This can create expected (and unexpected) levels of anxiety and other mental health issues. Learn some practical strategies to deal with stress to be the best version of you during these times.
Target Audience: Anyone caregiver or parent who finds themselves struggling with increased anxiety, mood issues, frustration, sadness.
Target Audience: Health Centre Staff & Congregate Living Facility Staff Objectives: 1. Medical Officer Health Update 2. Let’s work through some scenarios a. Congregate living guidelines b. Guidance for health care workers 3. Community COVID-19 response Profile 4. Time for additional questions from communities
Target Audince: Health Centre Staff
1. Update on latest COVID-19 virology information
2. Latest update on Alberta impact
3. What online resources are available for COVID-19?
4. Update on isolation and quarantine facilities
5. What happens if there is a positive case in the community?
6. Time for additional questions from communities
Target Audience: Community Health and Home Care Nurses
The CDC Team will review activities required for case and contact follow up for COVID-19.
Target Audience: Health centre staff, Long-term care facility/Elder’s Lodge staff, cleaning staff
March is Nutrition Month! To kick off the FNIHB AB Nutrition Team's activities - join us for this videoconference on separating fact vs fiction when it comes to nutrition. In the world of nutrition information overload how do we keep straight if we should be cleansing, fasting, keto dieting, buying organic, or trying the latest superfood trends? Our Registered Dietitians will help you bust some common myths and give you the information you need to make healthy choices.
Target Audience: First Nations Chiefs and Health Directors Objectives: Provide latest update on spread and impact of COVID-19, Outline key preparedness activities and FNIHB supports, Address questions
FNIHB CDC will be transitioning over to using AHS biological pages for immunizations. This videoconference is for nurses who provide immunizations in First Nations This is the first of three sessions and will review AHS's biological pages for: DTaP-IPV-Hib-HB and DTaP-IPV-Hib Pneumococcal Conjugate 13 Rotavirus All of AHS's biological pages can be found at this website: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page10802.aspx Please print the biological pages prior to the video conference.
Logan McColl is an Occupational Therapist specializing in psychosocial rehabilitation for serious mental illness and other concerns.The experience of psychosis. Understanding & treatment of psychosis. How to empower individuals in living their meaningful lives, and to empower families in caring for loved ones
This report has been compiled in collaboration by Alberta Health and Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre.
February is Heart Health Month! Join the FNIHB Nutrition Team for the latest and greatest in heart health
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses. Others cause illness in animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can then spread from person to person through close contact. Novel coronaviruses are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans.
Alzheimer Society will provide Tips & Techniques, whether you are a staff member or a family member, on how to support the person living with dementia. If a person is repeating; not understanding why they can’t do something they always used to be able to; or even if they are expressing themselves in ways that they have not before, we will provide you with hints as to what you can do.
What do you need to know to work competently with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) people? This seminar covers the basic competencies for working with TGNC people.
RCMP “KARE” is a Counter Exploitation Unit that investigates the deaths of several vulnerable missing persons in Alberta. Through investigational strategies, KARE strives to minimize the risk of murder to vulnerable missing persons within Alberta. These strategies have been developed throughout the implementation of the program and continue to evolve.
Objectives: -To understand the link between nutrition and mental wellness -To understand how food choices and behaviors impact mental wellness -To identify nutrition strategies to enhance personal mental wellness
This presentation covers the current syphilis outbreak in Alberta, its epidemiology, the clinical picture of syphilis, its treatment and management, and the community’s public health response and follow up.
For anyone who is interested in managing mental health concerns for themselves or others. This session will cover the “what exactly is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD”), the signs and symptoms, and what you can do to help alleviate the symptoms.
This session is a general overview to Food Allergies from the Nutrition Advisory Team First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. What a Food Allergy is, current allergy prevention guidlines, and how to manage some of the most common allergies.
Recount the history of the displacement of midwives and community-centered maternity care in Indigenous communities Understand the modern scope of practice of Registered Midwives, and their roles in improving maternal and perinatal health outcomes in communities through autonomous and collaborative care. Review pathways to midwifery education in Canada.
This session is about the journey of grief and loss. As professionals, we often companion others on their journeys. However, no one is a stranger to grief, so we will also learn how to companion ourselves in the grief journey.
On World Diabetes Day, this session highlights some of the extra challenges someone may have living with diabetes and substance abuse issues. The presentation will include a brief review of basic diabetes information.
This session is for anyone who is interested in learning more about diabetes and how to support someone living with diabetes.
This presentation will provide service provider’s evidence – based practice information to use when they believe digital technology is problematic for children, youth or their families. Additionally, it will help service providers start conversations and carry out interventions and supports in partnership with children, youth and families.
Every presentation offers current facts about schizophrenia and similar disorders, and the impact of psychosis. Personal stories are shared to show the journey through illness and into recovery. Participants will gain knowledge of the value of peer support in recovery and gain insight into the effect schizophrenia can have on individuals. They will also learn about the programs offered by the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta (SSA), what supports and services are available through the program, as well as the referral process to access SSA programming. Our goal is to reduce the stigma and discrimination related to mental illness through public education in Alberta communities.
This session will discuss Suicide and Self Harm with children and adolescent populations. We will discuss differences between Unsafe behaviors, Self-Harming Behaviors and Suicidality. This session will create understanding about warning signs and symptoms, and provide some ideas about how you can implementrisk assessments and safety planning in the work that you do.
Education for filling out the additions on the TB form.
FNIHB: Immunization Update - Influenza Program
Watch this video to learn more about Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in vulnerable populations.
Join us for the tenth session in the Harm Reduction Series as we discuss the basics of non-medical cannabis, identify key health evidence, and discuss harm reduction messages related to cannabis use. This session will also explore what legal cannabis means for young people, including tools to support meaningful conversations and other useful resources for individuals, families and communities.
The Safer Communities Initiative session will introduce people to an easy to use service designed to protect individuals in their daily lives. By using a phone app that connects the individual to trained responders 24 hours a day, the Initiative aims to provide a safety plan to anyone who may need help in a time of danger.
FNIHB Immunization Update - September 2019
Are you struggling with toilet training? Do you just not know where to start? Do you want more information on how to support parents/guardians with toilet training success? Watch this video to learn about successful toilet training interventions. Danielle from Wee Potty will be joining us to discuss elimination communication and other potty training supports.
Environmental Public Health Services - Presentation on the updated animal exposures form, and updated process for animal exposure follow up.