Battleford Family Health Centre

B.F.H.C. is a designated primary health services site, and is a non-profit corporation owned and operated by Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre Inc in operation since February 2000. BFHC is a partnership between Prairie North Regional Health Authority and Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre Inc.

Vision: works with individuals and families through partnerships in a holistic manner to achieve optimal levels of health.

BFHC strives to coordinate and integrate existing services from a variety of agencies to provide holistic, accessible health care. Programs are open to all residents of the Battlefords community.

Clinical Services:

Physicians and nurse practitioner provide a broad range of services to individuals and families with a focus on prevention, early detection and by connecting patients to other services in the community.  Services are accessed by appointment. The PNHR diabetes team comes to the clinic monthly to provide services and the Primary Health Care Counselor conducts assessments and offers counseling services to clients.

Phone: (306) 937-6840

Sexual Health Clinic:

The Sexual Health Team is a partnership between the Battlefords Family Health Centre, Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre Inc. and the Prairie North Health Region.

The clinic is staffed by community health and public health nurses (Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre Inc. and PNHR), and staff from the Bridging the Divide program. Clients nurse practitioner from the BFHC

The services provided include:

  • testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases
  • HIV/AIDS testing
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Harm Reduction: includes the distribution of clean needles and other harm reduction supplies and education on their safe disposal.
  • Birth control counselling
  • Sexual health counselling
  • Education
  • Patient and family support for HIV
  • Condom distribution

 

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday and Wednesday: 1:00 to 4:30
Thursday: 9:30 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:30
Phone (306) 937-6846

Bridging the Divide is a HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness project that uses a harm reduction philosophy to address the rising rates of HIV in Saskatchewan. Focusing on factors that affect the acquisition of HIV, Bridging the Divide works to educate youth, men, women, and service providers to provide them with appropriate and accurate information that they need and want.

Staff delivers education, information and harm reduction supplies aimed to educate and reduce the number of people infected with HIV, Hepatitis and other sexually transmitted infections.There are presentations in schools, organizations, businesses and correctional centres that cover topics including:

  • sexual health (sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, Hepatitis),
  • anatomy and puberty,
  • healthy relationships,
  • HIV and Stigma,
  • birth control and contraceptives,
  • safer sex,
  • age of consent
  • condom use.

 

KidsFirst is a voluntary program that helps vulnerable families to become the best parents they can be and to have the healthiest children possible.

The Battlefords KidsFirst HomeVisiting program provides support and assistance to prenatal women and young families in regards to child development, parenting and connecting to services within the community.

  • Basic Needs Support: works with families to resolve or improve issues around housing, budgeting and accessing services through completion of forms or advocacy.
  • Nutrition: Food Vouchers: weekly food vouchers for nutritious food are provided for prenatal women and postnatal up to twelve months for breastfeeding moms.
  • Circle of Learning: This program provides parents with opportunities to learn skills to develop a healthy parent-child relationship in an accessible, friendly culturally diverse learning environment.
  • The program runs Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon throughout the school year for children birth to 18 months of age and their parents.
  • Toddler Activity Group: the program promotes child parent interaction through activity with a literacy component. TAG supports child development in the areas of social, emotional and physical development.  The program runs Wednesday afternoons for children ages 18 months to 3 years and their parents.
  • For more information, call (306) 937-6855, (306) 935-6752 or (306) 937-6773.

 

Healthy Living:

The Healthy Living program consists of sessions focusing on lifestyles, healthy eating, physical activity, food preparation and grocery store tours

  • Build-a-Meal: participants learn and demonstrate basic cooking skills while making healthy food for their families.
  • Community Kitchens: Participants meet monthly to plan and prepare three healthy meals to take home to their families. Each participant contributes money for food expenses and this is matched. Childcare and transportation is provided as needed. 
  • Community Gardens: Garden outreach staff planted sample plots and participants learn how to plant, weed, harvest   and prepare garden produce. Garden outreach staff modeled physical activity and healthy eating through their day-to-day garden work and through the interesting weekly events implemented at the garden site.