SFN approved for Indigenous Primary Health Team – CKNX

February 28, 2024

Saugeen First Nation announced it’s received provincial approval to create an Indigenous Primary Health Team.

“This is a remarkable announcement, and one that will better meet the needs of our community members,” said Chief Conrad Ritchie. “Following a province-wide call for expressions of interest, and for our community to have been selected, this speaks to our collaborative relationship with all levels of government in the pursuit of self-determination.”

Interprofessional primary care teams provide direct care and connect people to other healthcare outlets without having to visit an ER.

The Ministry of Health put out a request for Expressions of Interest for interprofessional primary care teams that would, among others things: increase access for unattached patients, provide care to equity deserving populations with a focus on reaching those with poorer health outcomes, and use digital health to provide Ontarians with a choice in how they interact with the healthcare system.

“There are continued and reported incidents of community members experiencing systemic racism in the health care system and this announcement will provide community members with the opportunity to experience a culturally-safe and trauma-informed experience,” said Councillor Audra Roost, Health Portfolio Co-Chair.

SFN applied for the primary care team in Fall of 2023. No timeline was included in the announcement for when it will be established.

Read More: https://cknxnewstoday.ca/news/2024/02/28/sfn-approved-for-indigenous-primary-health-team

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