Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Latest from Our Community First Health Co-op Board February 2015 Meeting

Highlights of Meeting

The Community First Health Co-op (CFHC) has recently received two interesting proposals for building our network relationships from activity on our revitalized website. The website, along with our brand-new Blog, has provided an opportunity for people around the world to see the community-focused work that our Co-op does to support healthy living for our residents.

Here are two recent proposals that sprung for our internet presence:

The B.C. Women’s Foundation in Vancouver is offering a free program in Nelson called Osteofit for Seniors and CFHC has accepted the invitation to host the training.

The Alberta Co-operative Association has contacted CFHC asking for help to prepare their presentation to the Alberta Minister of Health on the CFHC model for communities in Alberta.  They have taken information from our website and Deb, the board chair, sent organization charts and other items.

The British Columbia (B.C.) Dental Association has invited a representative from the low-cost dental clinic, along with Mara Sand of Interior Health, to their symposium in Vancouver that focuses on non-profit dental clinics.  Interior Health has provided financial support for Mara to attend while the Dental Society provided travel reimbursement for the West Kootenay TEETH Clinic Society rep to attend.

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Eric and Marion

Sunday, 8 February 2015

We are back at it after a great Christmas break and we wish all of you a happy and healthy 2015.  It was nice to have the whole board at the meeting as we are a bunch of ‘sun seekers‘ it would seem, and so are off to a variety of warm places during the winter months.

The TEETH clinic, or low-cost dental, continues to be a very busy and popular initiative and is available for low-income families twice a month. The big news is that they have been able to get the support of Ocean Ceramics and can now access crowns at 60% off the regular cost. This is going to make it possible for more people to get the work done they need. 

The Practice of Family Physicians and our local advocate Dr.Lee McKay hosted a breakfast meeting on January 21, 2015 at 7 am at the Hume Hotel to talk to us about this initiative and to help us connect resource groups in our community with physicians for more support, especially for prevention and the management of chronic illnesses.  We are so fortunate to have the ability to continue our work on integrating health services in the Nelson area.

And the BIGGEST news is the “Passport to Wellness Health Fair” being organized for April 18, 2015, from 10-2 at the Community First Health Co-op Wellness and Education Centre (CFHC) at 518 Lake Street.  The Fair is a collaboration of the Resource Centre members, the Partners, and the Board and will contain both manned information kiosks and interactive sessions in the Stoddart room. We have had one meeting and will be at it again on January 21,2015.  Stay tuned for more information but mark April 18,2015, on your calendar.  This will be a Celebration for CFHC and the work we continue to do on wellness and integrated health.

We are hoping that snow comes for the ski hills so people can get out and exercise and enjoy, but, please, not all at one time like our last big dump of the white stuff.


Eric and Marion