The Community Health Department at Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre
The Community Health Department is comprised of Community Health or Public Health Nursing, Environmental Health and Maternal Child Health (Family Health Worker) and Maternal Mental Health programs.
Our community based public health programs are designed to help prevent illness by promoting, supporting, and encouraging healthy behaviours and habits for all ages and stages.
A healthy pregnant mom is a baby’s best chance at a healthy start in life. Community Health Nurses and the Family Health Worker offer pregnant women, their spouse and their families many services to help her stay healthy.
Services offered by the Community Health Nurse include:
- Prenatal visits that includes, weight and BP monitoring and Gestational Diabetes follow up
- Prenatal education such as:
- Nutrition assessments, education and referrals
- Education on the effects of tobacco, alcohol and drugs during pregnancy
- Referrals to counseling and other support service
- Hospital tours of the Birthing Unit
Some of the services provided by the Family Health Worker include:
- Home Visits with assigned prenatals and postnatals
- Invitations and transportation to Health programs and services at the Health Clinic
- Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI) basic services to enrolled children (age 0-7 years) in COHI program
- Sharing of basic information and resource material on various health topics
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder awareness and basic information
- Coordinating Moss Bag Making Classes for post-natals
- Assisting with the management and distribution of the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program Vouchers
- Assisting the Healthy Families Program team with referrals to additional services and supports
Mirinda Bugler FHW applying Fluoride varnish
Elder Mrs. Favel teaching to sew a Moss Bag
Healthy Babies and Toddlers
Community Health Nurses and the Family Health Workershelpassist parents to help their babies and toddlers develop and grow in the best possible way.
- Breastfeeding information and support
- Postnatal home visits
- Family Health Worker home visits
- Parenting sessions (Nobody’s Perfect and Circle of Security)
- Well-baby clinics where RNs provide parent support and counselling as well as immunizations and baby assessments for growth and development.
- Referrals to specialists
Well Baby Clinic with Brilyn Jiricka RN, CHN in Mosquito FN
We also offer counselling services to prenatal and postnatal women:
The Maternal Mental Health Counsellor focuses on the counselling needs of pre and post-natal women and provides 1-1 counselling. The counsellor also facilitates parenting classes called “Circle of Security” to help caregivers understand the emotional needs and the behavior of young children. She teaches pre and post-natal classes such as “Mind Your Mood,” “Healthy Relationships,” and “Comforting Your Child,” as well as others on request. Mary-Ann is the team clinical lead for the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and is available for workshops on it.
Growing Up Healthy
Community Health Nurses help school- age children, youth and young adults make informed lifestyle choices as they continue to grow.
- Education on healthy growth and development, infection control, hygiene, nutrition and physical activity.
- Relationships and boundaries
- Teen Aide
- Education on sexually transmitted infections
Healthy Environment to Live and Play
Community Health Environmental Health Officers, Community Health Nurses and Water Quality workers provide services to communities to assist in creating supportive, safe and healthy environments.
- Communicable Disease monitoring, follow up and prevention education
- Safe food handling
- Ongoing water quality testing
- Sexually transmitted infection testing, treatment, education and prevention programs
- Public building and private housing inspections
- Dog bite follow up