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.
Enhanced access to Primary Health Care Services for Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation. Physician Services are now being offered weekly at the Ahtahkakoop Health Centre. Ahtahkakoop Health has also engaged the services of Nurse Practitioners increasing primary care services to community members weekly.
Ahtahkakoop Health underwent restructuring in order to enhance programs and services to be more responsive to changing community needs.
Development of the Holistic Wellness Team to replace Mental Health and Addictions. This included the recruitment of a Holistic Wellness Manager and Holistic Wellness Worker.
Continuing working on Accreditation of the Health Centre.
Implementation of Panorama for electronic charting for immunization. Panorama went live in February.
Know Your Status has been nationally and internationally recognized for our successes and continue to share our journey with other communities.
Know Your Status has expanded to include Hepatitis C testing and treatment with the aim of elimination of Hepatitis C. Increased funds received for increased nursing services and supportive care for clients for medication adherence.
Engaged in community based research, owned and controlled by the community with Dr. S. Skinner. This research project assists us to evaluate what has been done, what is working well, and provides us the ability to use information to assist with negotiations for future sustainable funding. This also helps to measure and report our successes or areas of improvement to the community and leadership. This research project will provide $20,000 per year for the next 5 years for program expansion and support.
NIHB provided additional funding for a second Medical Transportation Coordinator and funding for three new medical taxis including a wheelchair accessible van.
The ACN Health Services will deliver community based programming targeting, health and wellness for both male and female members.
Development of a Communication Strategy for the ACN Health Centre including: a public awareness campaign to generate public awareness of health services available to all residents of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation.
Develop and implement a Quality Improvement Strategy for the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation Health Centre. This includes completing the Accreditation Primer with Accreditation Canada.
Developing a Health Human Resource Strategy. Ensuring that we have the right people, in the right positions with the right information that is required to excel in health careers.
Creating a healthy workplace at the Ahtahkakoop Health Centre by investing in staff wellness.
Strengthen Partnerships and Relationships to achieve better health outcomes for ACN Community Members. The ACN Health Services Staff will partner and work with other departments and agencies within the community to deliver a collaborative and community driven approach to health programming.
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 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 will continue to advocate and drive the system for community based and needed services that are reflective of the Treaty Medicine Chest.
The ACN Health Services Staff will work on a long term community drug strategy and this will be in collaboration with our interagency departments.
The ACN Health Services will work towards gaining funding for a Primary Health Care facility from First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.
The ACN Health Services Staff will work with other community resources to incorporate traditional teachings and practices in service delivery.
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 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 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 as well as providing education and advocacy regarding the protection of the Treaty Right to Health for Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation.