Building capacity to develop community-driven responses and improve health for present and future generations.
In recent years, there was an emergence and steady increase of prescription drug abuse and associated harms, such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne infections (BBIs), in First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout region.
Increased drug abuse resulted in increased needle usage and sharing, high-risk behaviour, and increased reports of STIs and BBIs such as Hepatitis C.
In 2011, First Nation leaders in the Sioux Lookout area directed SLFNHA to develop a Regional Opiate Drug Abuse Strategy. Two interrelated priority areas identified to tackle were substance abuse and blood-borne infections.
This resulted in the development of the Regional Wellness Response Program (RWRP) in January 2013 to be a resource for all First Nation communities in the region.
The Regional Wellness Response Program Manager liaises with community leadership, frontline workers, health care providers and other agencies. The Manager's role as a liaison focuses on gaining an understanding of priority community health needs and concerns which allows for further development of regional programs/strategies. Additionally, the Manager oversees all staff of the RWRP to ensure program objectives are met through overall planning, development, implementation, collaboration, and evaluation of program activities.
The Live You Want DVD
National Aboriginal Health Organization
Sexual Education Resources Centre
Nine Circles Community Health Centre
Teens Health - Sexual Health
Health Canada - Sexual Health & Promotions
Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Canadian Federation for Sexual Health
Public Health Agency of Canada