Mt. Waddington Health Network To Receive Annual Funding From VIHA

October 8, 2010

Mt. Waddington — The Vancouver Island Health Authority is pleased to support the Mt. Waddington Health Network (MWHN) by providing an annual sustainability grant totaling $60,000.

“Local groups who come together with positive solutions for promoting health are an important part of the entire health system,” said Comox Valley MLA Don McRae. “This grant means the MWHN can continue with their proactive work.”Formed in 2006, the MWHN has more than 120 members including Mt. Waddington municipal and regional governments, VIHA, First Nations and Aboriginal representatives, educators, citizens young and old and community organizations. Supported by a steering committee that represents the membership, the purpose of the Network is to participate in decisions that have an impact on Mt. Waddington and to provide community input around actions aimed at improving the health status of residents.

“Improving the health status of high needs populations, including residents of Mt. Waddington is among VIHA’s key priorities, as identified in our Five Year Strategic Plan,” said Jac Kreut, Chair, VIHA Board of Directors. “During the past four years the MWHN has made numerous contributions toward this goal and we are pleased to provide the Network with an annual sustainability grant that will assist in ensuring it can continue on with its excellent work.”

The Network also serves as a voice for citizens to make their health care concerns known and to work toward improvements within the health system and within the community. It is also a mechanism for organizations, including VIHA, to have ongoing relationships with the broader community regarding health.

“The Mount Waddington Health Network is an excellent example of a productive partnership for improved health status for residents who live in rural and remote communities on Vancouver Island,” said Howard Waldner, president and CEO, VIHA. “VIHA and the Network share the same goal – addressing the health care needs of rural and remote communities that in turn, lead to improved health status for the residents who live within them.”

Among the MWHN’s achievements to date include a regional transportation system, the development of a tracking tool for health issues brought to the Network by community members, the creation of a Seniors/Elders Guide and development of a youth committee and youth wellness workshops.

“The Health Network has done many good things since it began in 2006,” said Jamuga Cook, Aboriginal Co-Chair.

“This annual sustainability grant will allow us to continue these good works,” said Alyson Hagan-Johnson, Non-Aboriginal Co-Chair.

For more information on the Mt. Waddington Health Network, please visit our website at www.viha.ca.

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Contact:
Valerie Wilson
VIHA Communications
250-739-6303

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