Tla’amin Health provides a full range of primary, secondary, and tertiary health services for community members living within the Tla’amin Nation and to First Nations people in the remote coastal communities in the Powell River area.
In order to provide an exceptional array of health services Tla’amin Health works in collaboration with a variety of other organizations including Vancouver Coastal Health, the Ministry of Child and Family Development, School District 47, Inclusion Powell River, First Nations Health Authority, Inter Tribal Health Authority, Health Canada, Klahoose First Nation, and Homalco First Nation, among others.
Part of our commitment to providing high quality health care services involves meeting the strict standards laid out by Accreditation Canada to provide the very best care and service possible. We are constantly working on Quality Improvement Initiatives & Safety when it comes to health care service delivery and Accreditation.
Our public health services include the following resources:
Nurse Practitioner – our nurse practitioner is there to help support you in attaining, maintaining and regaining your Health. Our nurse practitioner can order tests and prescribe medications as part of the provision of health care services.
Registered Nurse – our onsite RN can assist you with disease prevention, immunizations, screening and testing for sexually transmitted infections, birth control and supporting children and parents with a range of prenatal and postnatal services.
Chronic Disease Nurse – at Tla’amin Health we are fortunate to have a chronic disease coordinator who can help support you with any long-term health challenges you may be experiencing.
Social Worker – our social worker is there to help individuals and families and support the community at large to foster a collective well-being and help resolve any problems.
Mental Health Worker – our mental health worker is here to provide support and services for individuals and families who are dealing with mental health challenges.
Periodic services are also provided in conjunction with our external partners. These include regular visits from local Dentists, Optometrists and Chiropractors.
Here at Tla’amin Health we also offer a range of services and support for children and families, aimed at fostering healthy development in our youth and healthy decision making as they continue to grow. We hold a variety of workshops throughout the year and offer programs that are meant to help build positive social relationships while providing a safe space for our youth to express themselves.
Our Traditional Wellness team consists of several support workers that are available to help people cope with any challenges they may be experiencing, ranging from addictions, violence & domestic abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationships, at risk youth and most other life situations. Our team uses a combination of traditional and contemporary counseling while infusing cultural values in a holistic and culturally sensitive manner.
The underlying philosophy of our Home and Community Care program is centered around the belief that individuals are responsible and wish to care for themselves and their families for as long as they are able to do so. Home Care endeavours to enhance the dignity and independence of elderly adults and to assist them in remaining in their community with family and friends. Supportive services include homemaking, meal preparation, laundry, medication checks, personal care, nursing care and post-operative care, and an elder’s program!
Our Health Benefits team members provide support and assistance to Tla’amin Community members with medical transportation arrangements including types of travel, escorts, flights, taxis and accommodations.
Part of our focus at Tla’amin Health is also centered around health promotion and education. We want people to live to their fullest and a key component of that involves looking after your health and taking care of yourself. We offer a range of programs to foster healthy habits including pre-natal gatherings, cooking with kids, community kitchen, and exercise programs among others.
Our Child Development Resource Center is a bustling facility filled with children and family centered programs. We offer daycare programs that service children from 1-12 years of age. These programs include our infant/toddler program, a 3-5 year old program, a preschool program, and an afterschool program.
We also have our own Aboriginal Supported Child Development program in place to offer direct services to children with special/high needs. Our Early Childhood Development program offers support for families as well as parent education in the form of workshops and/or support groups. We can also intervene where needed and provide outreach for those who may not have access to our community, center or resources.