Jennifer D. Ahenakew
Director of Health Services
The Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation Health Services is a forward looking and progressive community that has a vision to build a strong and healthy foundation using the guiding principles of Chief Ahtahkakoop, "Let Us not think of Ourselves, but of Our Children's Children".
The Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation Health Services will continue to advocate in the protection and preservation of the necessary medicines, health care providers and medical services as promised in the Medicine Chest Clause of Treaty Six (1876). We will continually strive towards improving the quality of life for our people and the community members of Ahtahkakoop by continuing to improve the health services and programming, to be the best that we can be.
Secured funding for our Hepatitis C Program. We have had 2 successful "Liver Clinics" and have over 30 members on treatment. We have engaged the services of a Health Engineer and a Hepatitis C Nurse Specialist from Vancouver. These services and partnerships have been built based on training and building capacity within our staff and health facility. Huge success for the community and will assist with our vision of continued overall health and wellness for the members of Ahtahkakoop.
Continue to work with other departments of Ahtahkakoop to enhance the health care service deliver to community members.
We were successful in obtaining program dollars from FNIHB under the "Jordan's Principle" umbrella program. We received respite dollars to assist families with support and care for their loved ones.
We were successful in obtaining our Nurse Manager position back from FNIHB, Noreen Reed who is a band member, and is filling this role and doing a great job.
We were successful in negotiating with the Parkland Health Region to having Nurse Practitioner services in the the community 5 days a week.
We increased our immunization rates from 78% in 2015 to 90%. This was a major focus from our nursing team and the Community Health Representatives; great successes and team effort.
The ACN Health Services will deliver community based programming targeting health and wellness for both male and female members.
The ACN Health Services Staff will continue to work in the school to promote healthy living and provide education to the youth on issues such as drugs and alcohol, bullying, food and nutrition, healthy and active lifestyles, suicide and depression, etc.
The ACN Health Services Staff will partner and work with other departments and agencies within the community to deliver a collaborative and community driver approach to health programming.
The ACN Health Services Staff will continue to advocate for ACN community members to ensure they are receiving respectful and timely medical care within the health care delivery system, hospitals and emergency care facilities.
The ACN Health Services Staff will continue to deliver respectful and community driver health care to all community members of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation.
The ACN Health Services Staff will work on a long-term community drug strategy and this will be in collaboration with our Inter-Agency departments.
The ACN Health Services Team will continue to work on a long-term youth suicide strategy which would involve all departments and other outside resources.
The ACN Health Services Director will continue to work on the feasibility study to determine the needs of palliative and long-term care for the community. We have started collecting data and will continue to build a business case to address this important health service.
The ACN Health Services Staff will continue to develop programs with community consultation that will address barriers and gaps in the health care delivery.
The ACN Health Services Director and Staff will continue to promote and educate on the Treaty Right to Health and Medicine Chest. We will continue to advocate for ACN community members ensuring they have access to the health services which are available to all residents in Saskatchewan.
Health is the foundation in all that we do and is paramount for a healthy community. We must continue to do what we can to provide a quality of life that our members deserve.