"Together in Wellness" is more than just a slogan for the Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region. Working together with other individuals and organizations is critical to achieving our mandate, and to contributing to the well-being of the larger community. Following are some of the partnerships our health region is engaged in.
Children North - Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP)
Children North - Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) is one of 15 agencies in Saskatchewan providing family centered and home based early childhood intervention support. Children North provides services to families in La Ronge, Grandmother's Bay, Sucker River, Hall Lake and Pinehouse. ECIP families have children with special and specific needs and who are not yet enrolled full time in school. ECIP's support to families is based on the families' needs and may include:
Community Advisory Networks
Community Advisory Networks are established by the Regional Health Services Act. They consist of volunteers from our various communities who assist the Health Authority to understand the needs, preferences and priorities of the people and communities, and advise the Authority on broad issues. If you wish to join a Community Advisory Network, or would like more information, please contact the Director of Communications at 306-425-2422.
Community Vitality Monitoring Partnership
Working with northern communities, health and education agencies, the Northern Mines Monitoring Secretariat, as well as industry (Areva and Cameco), this partnership involves the development of monitoring process for social impacts of various developments in northern Saskatchewan. Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region is represented on the Steering Committee by the Medical Health Officer who is the chair of the Steering Committee. Recent initiatives include the development of a northern recognition award program and a northern careers counseling initiative. These were two of the priorities identified through a strategic planning workshop in 2008.
Creighton Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (CADAC)
CADAC is an incorporated Health Care Organization with its own Board of Directors. Through a funding agreement with the Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region, it provides addictions prevention and intervention services to residents in Creighton and surrounding areas.
CADAC has initiated a number of programs and is involved in a variety of committees within the community.
CADAC may be reached by calling 306-688-8291.
Creighton Interagency Committee
The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region is one of a number of groups that make up the Creighton Interagency Committee. The committee members work together to address community needs.
Creighton Community School is part of Creighton School Division #111. A dental program is located at the school, and public health nurses provide immunizations and educational programs.
First Responders are registered volunteers who have successfully completed a first responder training program. They are dispatched to an emergency only after the local ambulance service has been notified. In the Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region, first responders are based in Grandmother's Bay, Sucker River, Hall Lake, Weyakwin, Sandy Bay and Pinehouse Lake. This program operates in partnership with the Lac La Ronge Indian Band Health Services, which pays for the original training and equipment. The health region, through a first responder facilitator, ensures the first responders are registered and arranges for regular in-services.
Flin Flon Ambulance
Through a funding agreement with the health region, Flin Flon Ambulance staff provide ambulance services in the Creighton, Deschambault Lake and Sandy Bay areas.
Hatchet Lake First Nation Health Services
Located at a Health Centre in Wollaston Lake, and funded though Health Canada, the Hatchet Lake First Nations Health Services provides health care to residents of the area. The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region collaborates with their staff in the interests of common clients.
The Health Quality Council (HQC) is an independent agency that measures and reports on quality of care in Saskatchewan, promotes improvement, and engages its partners in building a better health system. The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region has participated in a number of HQC initiatives including the Chronic Disease Collaborative, discharge planning and a patient experience survey.
J.A. Steyn Professional Medical Corporation
Through funding agreements, the J.A. Steyn Professional Medical Corporation provides physician services to the Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region at Sandy Bay and to the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Health Services, Inc. at Pelican Narrows and Deschambault Lake.
Jeannie Bird Clinic
Kids First is a program that helps families to become the best parents they can be and to have the healthiest children possible. The program enhances knowledge, provides support, and builds on family strengths.
The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region is a partner in this initiative. The region provides prenatal referral and support; in-hospital screening; breastfeeding support and encouragement; assessment; and home visiting services in La Ronge.
Through Mental Health, we partner to provide a mental health and addictions Team and Family Counsellor to KFN families and staff in the communities of La Ronge, Sandy Bay and Pinehouse.
The Kikinahk Friendship Centre is located in La Ronge. Health Region staff collaborate with Kikinahk program staff on committees such as the Pre Natal Baby Friendly Committee and projects relating to sexual health.
La Ronge Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
La Ronge EMS is a privately-owned company. Through a funding agreement with the health region, La Ronge EMS staff provide ambulance services in the La Ronge area.
La Ronge Medical Clinic
A primary care nurse, employed by the health region, works in partnership with the staff at the La Ronge Medical Clinic. The La Ronge Medical Clinic is located on La Ronge Avenue along the shore of Lac La Ronge and is a university affiliated teaching practice operated by the Northern Medical Services division of the Department of Academic Family Medicine of the University of Saskatchewan. There are eleven physicians and an administrative support team, in addition to the primary care nurse.
The clinic offers medical services for scheduled appointments, minor emergency services, health counseling and regular visiting specialist clinics to the people of La Ronge and the neighbouring communities.
Physicians that are based here also provide services to the La Ronge Health Centre Emergency, Outpatients, Acute Care, and Long Term Care departments. As well, regular clinics are scheduled at Wollaston Lake, Stanley Mission, Pinehouse and Southend.
The phone number for the La Ronge Medical Clinic is 306-425-2174. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
La Ronge Ministerial Association
On a voluntary basis, clergy in La Ronge provide a chaplaincy service to patients at the La Ronge Health Centre and residents of Nikinan (Long Term Care). As well, members of the Ministerial Association take turns conducting worship services in Nikinan on Sundays and special occasions.
Headquartered at the Jeannie Bird Clinic on Far Reserve, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band Health Services provide a wide range of health services for members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. Health Clinics are also located in Grandmother's Bay, Hall Lake, Sucker River and Little Red River.
The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region collaborates with Lac La Ronge Indian Band Health Services on committees such as the Pre Natal Baby Friendly Committee and National Addictions Awareness Week, and in the training of first responders.
The Jeannie Bird Clinic may be contacted by calling 306-425-3600.
New North is comprised of 35 member communities with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for northern people within the Northern Administration District of Saskatchewan. Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region staff collaborate with the various councils in emergency planning and in training programs for municipal workers.
The NOR-MAN Regional Health Authority is located in northern Manitoba. In addition to providing services to that area of the province, it also provides services at Flin Flon General Hospital to approximately 8,000 residents of NE Saskatchewan from the communities of Creighton, Denare Beach, Sturgeon Landing, Pelican Narrows, Sandy Bay, Deschambault Lake and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. A funding agreement for the provision of these services exists between the two provinces.
North Sask Laundry and Support Services LTD
North Sask Laundry is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide linens for the following health regions: Kelsey Trail, Prairie North, Prince Albert Parkland and Mamawetan Churchill River.
North Sask Special Needs Housing, Employment, Recreation, Inc. (NSN)
NSN works to provide enhanced opportunities for people with disabilities to have safe and appropriate housing, meaningful employment, and rewarding recreational activities. Special needs can result from physical or mental disabilities. The non-profit organization is based in La Ronge and acts as a service delivery agent for programs funded by the health region. NSN may be reached by phone at 306-425-4990 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Northern Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (NARP) is comprised of a team of community members, healthcare professionals, educators and research scientists (four health regions, seven communities, five First Nations health organizations, Public Health Agency of Canada, National Laboratory of Microbiology, Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory) working in partnership to study antimicrobial resistant bacteria causing infections in northern communities. The Population Health Unit represents the Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region on this team. Some of the initiatives include a social marketing campaign and curriculum components for schools
The mission of the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) is to provide professional support, advice and guidance to its partners (the Prince Albert Grand Council, the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band), enabling them to better meet the health needs of their communities. The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region collaborates with NITHA in initiatives such as the Northern Health Strategy, Northern Pandemic Forum and Northern Antibiotic Resistance Partnership.
Northern Health Authorities Co-management Partnership Committee
The three northern health authorities, the Athabasca Health Authority, the Keewatin Yatthé Regional Health Authority and the Mamawetan Churchill River Regional Health Authority, are signatories to a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Northern Health Authorities Co-management Partnership Committee (NHACPC). The goal of the NHACPC is to improve the health and well-being of the people of northern Saskatchewan by working together in the development of healthy public policy and providing a strong northern voice for various provincial health and other intersectoral initiatives and programs. The objective is also to collaborate, when appropriate, in delivering efficient and cost-effective health programs across the north. One major collaborative initiative is the Population Health Unit, with components which have a north-wide legislative function for the Public Health Act, such as environmental health and communicable disease monitoring.
The Northern Health Strategy attempts to address some of the challenges faced by health organizations in Northern Saskatchewan. These include jurisdictional complexities in service delivery; diseconomies of scale; human resource issues (recruitment and retention difficulties); geographic dispersion, small population, and small community size (often remote/isolated). The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region is the accountable partner with respect to federal and provincial funding. The Chief Executive Officer of the health region co-chairs the Northern Health Strategy Working Group.
Northern Healthy Communities Partnership
The Northern Health Communities Partnership (NHCP) evolved from the Northern Diabetes Coalition. As part of a north-wide population health promotion strategy, NHCP has representation from a variety of sectors (education divisions, recreation, etc.) throughout the North, including the Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region. Currently, NHCP initiatives are led by the Active Communities Team, the Healthy Eating Team, and a Literacy Advisory Committee responsible for the Babies, Books and Bonding program. NHCP is also a vehicle for networking on other health promotion initiatives related to substance abuse and mental well-being.
The Northern Human Services Partnership's mandate is to "provide a forum for the planning and delivery of integrated human services for Northern people". It is one of ten Regional Intersectoral Committees (RICs) working in Saskatchewan. These committees were created by the Human Services Integration Forum (HSIF) and are funded by the province of Saskatchewan. Each RIC is headed by a Coordinator whose purpose is to carry out the work and mandate of the Committee. The Coordinator works to build community capacity, share information and promote collaboration between the Committee members and the broader community.
The mandate of the Northern Labour Market Committee is to identify and assess emerging labour market and economic development issues in northern Saskatchewan and recommend or initiate actions that will enable residents to benefit from training, employment, and economic activities in their region. The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region participates in the Northern Health Sector Training Sub-Committee.
The majority of schools in the Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region fall under the jurisdiction of the Northern Lights School Division. The region collaborates with the various schools to provide dental services, immunizations and educational programs. A Sexual Wellness Coordinator works in partnership with the teachers in La Ronge to offer education, information and skills training to students about all aspects of human sexuality.
Northern Medical Services is a division of the Department of Academic Family Medicine of the University of Saskatchewan. NMS is responsible for staffing the La Ronge Medical Clinic and ensuring that there are physicians to provide the necessary services in La Ronge and the communities of Wollaston Lake, Stanley Mission, Pinehouse and Southend.
The NMMS is a body of federal and provincial ministries, agencies and departments and the three northern health authorities including Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region (through the Medical Health Officer) to facilitate assessment and monitoring initiatives of uranium mines as well as to support Northern Environmental Quality Committees.
Northlands College is a publicly funded regional college with campus centres located in La Ronge, Buffalo Narrows and Creighton. The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region collaborates with the college to deliver programs such as the Health Careers Access program, the Special Care Aide and Licensed Practical Nurse training programs. The region provides training space at the La Ronge Health Centre and practicum work placements.
Other Health Regions/Service Providers
In alphabetical order, here is a list of other health regions and other health service providers in Saskatchewan, and the links to their websites:
Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Health Services Inc.
Through a funding agreement with the health region, the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Health Services Inc. provides ambulance services in the Pelican Narrows area.
Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Health Services Inc. also has health centres in the communities of Pelican Narrows, Deschambault Lake, Sturgeon Landing and Southend. The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region collaborates with their staff in the interests of common clients.
Pinehouse Interagency Committee
The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region is one of almost 25 groups that make up the Pinehouse Interagency Committee. The committee members work together to address community needs. The organization was a 2008 recipient of the Northern Health Leadership Excellence Award for Partnership Development.
Pre-Natal Baby Friendly Committee (La Ronge)
In La Ronge, the Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region works with other organizations to ensure that pregnant women and families with babies receive the information and support they need to give their babies a healthy start in life. The committee hosts an annual Breastfeeding Walk, several prenatal gatherings, a Mothers' Social Circle, and educational sessions for professionals.
Sandy Bay Interagency Committee
The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region is one of a number of groups that make up the Sandy Bay Interagency Committee. The committee members work together to address community needs.
Mamawetan Churchill River Health Authority partners closely with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment on a wide variety of initiatives such as reviews of environmental impact assessments, the assessment of human health risks in a variety of communities from contaminated sites, the health risk assessments of country food and joint training for municipal workers.
The health region works closely with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and receives operational and capital funding through the Ministry. As well, the Ministry provides central coordination of program delivery.
SAHO is a non-profit, non-governmental association of health agencies. It provides its more than 150 members with leadership, services and a common voice. Divisions include Employee Benefits, Finance & Administrative Services, Labour Relations, Materials Management Services, Member Relations & Communications, Information Services and Workplace Health, Safety & Education Services.
The First Nations organization, Stanley Mission Health Services, serves the residents of the community of Stanley Mission. The Mamawetan Churchill River Health Region collaborates with their staff in the interests of common clients.
With provincial funding, the Town of La Ronge purchases and maintains a Handivan for the use of Health Region homecare and social wellness programs.
The La Ronge Health Centre has a volunteer program that coordinates the time, talents and energy of volunteers to complement the work of staff and other community services. Volunteers are valued members of the team and provide assistance in a number of areas: Meals on Wheels, Friendly Visiting, Dial-a-friend, Activities, Wellness Clinics, Transportation, Palliative Care, Phoning Tree and Gift Shop. Volunteers may read and record the local newspaper or bake for various functions. A special effort is made to provide youth in the community with volunteer opportunities. For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 306-425-4803.