Summary Service Plan – A Year in Transition: 2013-2014 Interim Health Plan Overview

The BC Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nation Health Governance requires the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) to prepare an annual Interim Health Plan that sets out its operational start-up plans, goals, priorities, program plans and services, evaluation process and use of funding provided by Canada and BC.

We’re pleased to share A Year in Transition: 2013-2014 Interim Health Plan Overview with you. This document provides an overview of the Interim Health Plan, summarizing the key FNHA priorities and milestones for the year of Transition.

The Interim Health Plan spans from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 and is an operational plan adopted by the FNHA Board of Directors and deemed satisfactory by Canada and BC to trigger funding as laid out in the BC Tripartite Framework Agreement. It outlines the activities required to ensure a successful transfer and transition of responsibilities from First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) to the FNHA.

The inaugural Interim Health Plan has been informed by BC First Nations, including feedback provided at forums\ such as Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey, by leadership of the First Nations health governance structure provincially and regionally, and via videoconferencing opportunities like the UBC Learning Circle.

While the scope of the first Interim Health Plan is operationally focused within a one year timeframe, our view is turned to the planning opportunities of the future.

Following this early transition period, Interim Health Plans will eventually be replaced by 5-year Multi-Year Health Plans that set out the FNHA’s goals, priorities, program plans and services, health performance standards, anticipated allocation of resources and use of funding provided by Canada and BC.

The transformation stage ahead provides a unique opportunity for us as BC First Nations to develop a planning model that is logical, transparent, synchronized – and which is underpinned by the 7 Directives that guide all of our efforts. Through a new planning model, a key focus will be on community-level or multi-community level health and wellness planning built on citizen engagement. The resulting plans will articulate the community wellness visions and priorities. These citizen-driven community health and wellness plans will directly inform future Regional Health & Wellness Plans adopted by the region’s First Nations – the first iteration of these plans is being developed now by the Regions. Together, the five Regional Health & Wellness Plans will influence and guide the planning processes of the FNHC, FNHDA, and FNHA, including future Interim and Multi-Year Health Plans as well as strategic plans.

We look forward to working with all of you, as we move beyond transition, to shape and transform the current community, regional and provincial planning requirements and processes to better suit our own standards, expectations, and needs as BC First Nations.

Download the full Interim Health Plan Overview here: IHP Overview PDF (1.6 mb)


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