Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Satellite TEETH Clinics Improve Access to Low Cost Dental Care








Dr. Donato DeSandoli and Staff at Saddle Mountain Dental Clinic in Nakusp


West Kootenay Community TEETH Clinic Society (TEETH) has been providing access for community members with a net family income of less than $30,000 since June 2014. Back in January of this year, TEETH won 1st prize, from Pacific Blue Cross 75th Anniversary “Share the Care Giveaway.” This prize has enabled the TEETH board to seek, organize and create partnerships in the region such as, satellite clinics and mobile dental hygiene services, in order to increase access to low-cost quality dental care in outlying areas from Nelson.  As up until now, the primary location for TEETH services had solely been running out of Dr. Osepchook’s dental office in Nelson;  when his own practice is closed.

With much delight, TEETH would like to announce current satellite partnerships have been established with Record Ridge Denture Clinic, located in Trail; Dr. Donato DeSandoli, located at Saddle Mountain Dental Clinic in Nakusp; Dr. Howard Fox, located at Cedar Avenue Dental Centre in Trail and additionally, Mobile Dental Hygiene services, provided by RDH Andrea Noel can now be accessed at various Interior Health Authority locations throughout the Kootenay Boundary region.


 Clients interested in seeking dental services from TEETH clinics must first register to become a TEETH client. There are various ‘Intake’ locations throughout the Kootenay-Boundary region where trained volunteers can assist individuals in the registration process. Applications are also available online: http://www.healthco-op.ca. Once you are a registered TEETH client either the TEETH administration staff or the satellite dental clinic staff will call you to set-up your initial dental appointment.

Please note: All locations of TEETH do NOT accept walk-in clients as all appointments are pre-arranged.

For more information on TEETH such as intake locations or how you can get involved in a partnership such as satellite dental clinic please contact: TEETHClinicWK@gmail.com or 250-352-6560 (TEETH info Hot Line).

The support for our low cost dental clinic continues to amaze,

Marion, Erin and Eric

Monday, 14 November 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy... Working Toward a Healthier Community





We at Community First Health Co-op are all involved in some kind of activity to support our community in wellness and health.  The TEETH Clinic is pleased that two new dentists, one in Trail and one in Nakusp, have signed on to provide services to low income patients.  Our Mobile Dental clinic has made 3 stops with our hygienist providing services and we have hired a new administrator to handle all the bookings and other paper work for the society.  We are always in need of more dentists to provide a day to work on our patients, so encourage people to talk with their dentist to see if they can help out.

  Welcome to a new partner at the Lake Street Building – Aaron Young from NAPA Forest Consultants is working in the resource based industry with local companies to help provide employment opportunities in the community.   We know that one of the social determinants of wellness is having an income to support our needs. 

The Health Fair Planning Committee is working hard to get space, sponsors and presenters for the 3rd fair being held on April 8, 2017. With a focus on Mental Health, we are currently looking into a keynote presenter to kick off this fair.  We know that our community, like many, is looking for some support and solutions for mental health issues and we want to be part of that conversation in bringing this out into the open.  We are pleased that once again the Nelson Star is on board as one of our major sponsors.

So what happens as a senior when you need to go to an appointment and you do not drive or do not have access to a ride? Who can help you with going to get re-tested if you have lost your driver licence due to your age? What resources and routes are available in your community? How can drivers help our seniors out?

Corrine Younie, left, and Dana Burgess (Nelson Star, Bill Metcalfe photo)

Dana Burgess is the Seniors Transportation Co-ordinator for our area - Nelson to Kaslo, Meadow Creek and Argenta. Salmo, Trail, Castlegar and the Slocan Valley to Nakusp.  One of her challenges is finding enough drivers for the Volunteer Driver Program ( VDP). The Handy Dart is one option, but it is often fully booked, it does not transport across regions, and it does not service some communities.

The VDP is in need of YOU!  The service is Monday to Friday during daytime hours to access medical appointments.

To volunteer you need:  A drivers Abstract from ICBC, a criminal record check, $3,000,000 liability on your vehicle, and a vehicle in good working conditions. You would need to be screened by the program coordinator, agree to the Volunteer code of conduct, and attend a volunteer training.
Drivers are reimbursed $.45 a km. Once you are a driver, it is easy. The client asks for a driver, the co-ordinator phones the volunteer to see if they are available and tells them who the client is, any special needs and where they are going – and the driver can say Yes or No. 

So if you would like to contribute to our community by being a driver, then please contact dana@nelsoncares.ca or call her at 250-352-2708 ex. 10

November 11th is here and we at Community First Health Co-op would like to thank all of those who served so that we have the peaceful country we live in today.  My mom was in the Airforce and is now 92, and although she no longer remembers that she was, I especially want to thank her for paving the way for future women to take on the jobs that once were only considered for men.

Erin is busy helping move the Kootenay Co-op – rumor has that it will open in the new Nelson Commons on November 29th, Eric is battling the leaves and wind and working hard for TEETH, and Marion, well she is out riding her bike and packing her bags to spend a month in Australia.


Signing off for this blog


Erin, Eric and Marion 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Community First Health Co-op: Part of a Thriving Community.






Community First Health Co-op is proud to be part of a co-operative movement that is alive and flourishing in the Kootenay region.

 With over 25 co-ops in the area, we are the only health co-op and as such we hold a special place in the B.C. Health Co-operative Association.  The dream to offer an integrated approach to wellness is becoming more real every year with the variety of practitioners in the building who are working together to support the wellness of their clients.

We have doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, psychologists, acupuncturists, community service advocates, yoga therapists, midwives, and training facilities in our building. We have Rise BC Wellness Clinic with a focus on pain management, AppleTree maternity a pre – post maternity facility, a mini medical clinic with a focus on less appointments and more time spent with each patient, a business that trains young people though a mentor ship to work in the building industry, and the Community Services Center offering support in a variety of ways to those in need.

We are connected both financially and philosophically with the Nelson and District Credit Union.  Through their support and leadership we were able to purchase the building, utilize their staff with their financial expertise and depend on them to be an advocate for the co-op movement. We continue to work with Seniors in our area and to be represented on housing forums and seniors committees.

TEETH, a low cost dental program is now over two years old and is growing to include appointments for those in the most need at our Nelson clinic and now we have a mobile dental hygienist serving the communities of the West Kootenay region.

We are planning our 3rd annual Passport to Wellness Health Fair with a focus this year on Mental Health. We will be hosting the event on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Lake Street Building from 10am-4pm. If you know of anyone that might offer a session on mental well-being, please contact us at cfhcoop@shaw.ca 

The New Economy is a documentary with a focus on the cooperative movement and was premiered in Nelson to celebrate Co-op Week. A big thank you to the Nelson and District Credit Union for hosting this event. One of the interesting facts given was that 2 out of 3 people know what a co-op is but only 1 out of 3 can name one. We need to make sure that our name is one of the ones they know.

We are proud to continue our work with the community and with integrated health and look forward to more development in this arena.
It is the time for falling into Fall, so be careful, as the streets and sidewalks get slippery, that you do not fall.

Signing off and out to rake some leaves and get the gardens winterized.



Eric, Erin and Marion 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

So Much to be Thankful For...








October Board Meeting is in the books. The leaves are turning colour, the sky is so blue, when it is blue, and the frost is on some of the roof tops, but what a spectacular time to get out and walk or cycle or run. 

West Kootenay TEETH Clinic Society is thrilled that the mobile dental clinic is up and running. In collaboration with IHA, who are letting us use their facilities, one has been held in Castlegar and the next one will be in Grand Forks.  We also have a dentist in Trail and one in Nakusp, who have indicated an interest in helping out and we have one in Castlegar, doing Adopt a Patient dental services from his office.  

As many of you know, we won $50,000 last year from Pacific Blue Cross to support initiatives with TEETH and that money is being spent on new equipment, training of chair side assistants and enhancing our denture service. 

We have had over 635 patient visits but still have 135 people waiting since January for a first appointment. You can help us, but talking to your dentist and seeing if they are willing to be involved in helping us with this vital service.

On a great note, we have a Toonie for TEETH donation and recently we have had former clients, who no longer need to access low- cost dental because of a change in their economic status, donate considerable amounts back to support the program – most notably one for $700.  It is indeed better to give than receive when you are able.

They say if you build it, they will come and we continue to have people looking for space in our building. The latest partners in the Wellness Centre are Street Culture Collaboration, who are working on the streets of Nelson under a contract with the Nelson Community Services Society. We are pleased to have them as part of our integrated services in the building.



Congratulations to the organizers and sponsors of the 2nd VERY SUCCESSFUL Seniors Fair held on Friday, September 30th at the Prestige. With between 250-300 seniors in attendance, the organizers were happy with the great feedback and participation in this event.
 One of the most important things for to know about your health is that having a community that offers support, respect and opportunities to participate helps us ALL to be HEALTHY. 

Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving... and be thankful for friends, family and your health.


 Eric, Erin and Marion 

Friday, 30 September 2016

What Makes a Community Health Centre?




What Makes a Community Health Centre?


That's one of the core questions Nicole Chammartin asks, in her latest blog, in which she shares her reflections on the two-day Canadian Association of Community Health Centres  annual general meeting summit which took place last week in Winnipeg.


Nicole is Executive Director of Klinic Community Health and Sexuality Education Resource Centre, in Winnipeg, and serves as a Board Member for both CACHC and MACH. Her blog post is essential reading for Community Health Centre staff and board members.

Check out Nicole's blog:




Also, if you have a moment, take a look at what happened at the AGM:



Let us know what you think.

Marion, Erin and Eric

Sunday, 14 August 2016

SUMMER UPDATE FROM YOUR NELSON HEALTH CO-OPERATIVE... Summer weather here at last!




Is it really summer?


Summer is here? Well we have sun, rain, thunder, lightning and wind on a daily basis BUT we hope whether you on in the air or on water or land that you are being active and taking time to soak in the ambience of summer in the Kootenay’s.

The CFHC board held its August board meeting, and although quieter in the summer, we still have some highlights to share.

The Senior Co-ordinating Society and the Nelson Senior Centre – Branch 51 are hosting a Seniors Collectible Fair to help people downsize, up the profile of each of the sponsors and have some fun. The Fair will take place from 9-4:30 on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Rod and Gun Club.  A table is $35 for the two days and if you want to be part of this Fair, then after August 24,2016 you can contact Brad Howard at 250-354-1983 or bradhoward@telus.net.   Hope to see you there checking out the tables and perhaps finding the treasure you have always wanted.

The Public Relations Committee will be working on updating our website and putting more blog posts up each month. We will do a blog on highlights of the board meeting but also will do on featuring special events for groups in the resource centre and health related articles and links.  We are also looking to host 2-3 education sessions each year and of course support and host the Passport to Wellness Health Fair.  Let us know what you think - what would interest you?

Thanks to Deb Zeeben, who spent 8 hours on a conference call on behalf of CFHC to be part of a gathering of Community Health Centres in B.C. 

The Canadian Association of Health Centres will work on incorporating the British Columbia Association of Health centres with a new mission and new definition. Currently a Community Health Centre is defined as a multi-sector health and health care organizations that integrate primary care, health promotion, community health and other services that contribute towards health. Check their link to learn more:  http://www.cachc.ca/

 In B.C., there are over 100 community health centres that operate in a variety of ways with the common thread being the integration of services. At the Nelson Community Health Centre we have seen integration of services both in the Apple Tree Maternity and BC Rise Wellness Centre, we do education through the resource centre, at our Health Fair and by providing opportunities for our partners to do sessions for education and we are involved in housing and seniors support that contribute to community health.

We are committed at Community First Health Coop to achieving wellness by using community engagement to know the needs of those we live and play with and continually building creative and responsible programs and services.  We are excited about the connection of Community Health Centres and an opportunity to be in at the ground floor of a new association in primary health care promotion. 

As the summer progresses, enjoy time to focus on your friends and family and the social connectedness that we know contributes to good health.

Cheers


Eric, Erin and Marion

SUMMER UPDATE FROM YOUR NELSON HEALTH CO-OPERATIVE... Summer weather here at last!




Is it really summer?


Summer is here? Well we have sun, rain, thunder, lightning and wind on a daily basis BUT we hope whether you on in the air or on water or land that you are being active and taking time to soak in the ambience of summer in the Kootenay’s.

The CFHC board held its August board meeting, and although quieter in the summer, we still have some highlights to share.

The Senior Co-ordinating Society and the Nelson Senior Centre – Branch 51 are hosting a Seniors Collectible Fair to help people downsize, up the profile of each of the sponsors and have some fun. The Fair will take place from 9-4:30 on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Rod and Gun Club.  A table is $35 for the two days and if you want to be part of this Fair, then after August 24,2016 you can contact Brad Howard at 250-354-1983 or bradhoward@telus.net.   Hope to see you there checking out the tables and perhaps finding the treasure you have always wanted.

The Public Relations Committee will be working on updating our website and putting more blog posts up each month. We will do a blog on highlights of the board meeting but also will do on featuring special events for groups in the resource centre and health related articles and links.  We are also looking to host 2-3 education sessions each year and of course support and host the Passport to Wellness Health Fair.  Let us know what you think - what would interest you?

Thanks to Deb Zeeben, who spent 8 hours on a conference call on behalf of CFHC to be part of a gathering of Community Health Centres in B.C. The Canadian Association of Health Centres will work on incorporating the British Columbia Association of Health centres with a new mission and new definition. Currently a Community Health Centre is defined as a multi-sector health and health care organizations that integrate primary care, health promotion, community health and other services that contribute towards health.  In B.C., there are over 100 community health centres that operate in a variety of ways with the common thread being the integration of services. At the Nelson Community Health Centre we have seen integration of services both in the Apple Tree Maternity and BC Rise Wellness Centre, we do education through the resource centre, at our Health Fair and by providing opportunities for our partners to do sessions for education and we are involved in housing and seniors support that contribute to community health.  We are committed at Community First Health Coop to achieving wellness by using community engagement to know the needs of those we live and play with and continually building creative and responsible programs and services.  We are excited about the connection of Community Health Centres and an opportunity to be in at the ground floor of a new association in primary health care promotion. 

As the summer progresses, enjoy time to focus on your friends and family and the social connectedness that we know contributes to good health.

Cheers


Eric, Erin and Marion

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

What's Happening... Update from our July 18th Board Meeting. Take a READ!









1.  Job Opportunity- Our seniors need your help to stay in their own homes. Please contact Lynn Goodison at 250.551.7210 or lynnhomehelp@gmail.com if you are interested. 

2.  Thank you to Cheryl Whittleton of Interior Health for providing space, free of charge, in outlying community health centres across the region for the TEETH Mobile Hygiene Clinic starting in September.  More news to follow regarding locations, times, etc.

3.  2016 Senior Fair at the Prestige in Nelson on Sept. 30th.  Stay tuned for details. 




Next meeting: Monday August 8th at 11:00 a.m. in the Resource Centre.








Have a great summer,

Marion, Eric and Erin

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Community First Health Co-op AGM and Beyond....




Community First Health Co-op AGM

The CFHC which is celebrating its 10th year in the Lake Street Building, held their AGM on June 14, 2016 with a good turnout of members and guests.

The presentation for the evening was done by Drs Shiraz Moola and Kevin McKechnie. They were presenting on telehealth and what it could mean for our area.  The realization that the two tier system of health in B.C. is now private or public, but in fact urban and rural. The difficulty for rural communities to access the same level of specialty care as a large centre creates long drives, long wait lists, extra expenses and safety issues for the people who need it.

Telehealth has been piloted in the area for maternity and allows visits from the local hospital or health centre to the doctors in larger centres.  Visits to specialists can be costly and prohibitive for some people so they just do not go to access the help they need.

Telehealth would be an online face to face meeting with the patient, the local doctor and the specialist. Although there are some concerns re privacy, technology and issues to co-ordinate the people needed for the call, it seems to far be outweighed by the benefits.

The fields in which it seems Telehealth is making inroads to have specialists on board are urology, general surgery, pre-surgical screening, cardiology and psychiatry. Also some mobile maternity and ER/ ICU needs. If 1 out of every 3 patients who needed to see a specialist could use Telehealth it would save 2,614 patient visits, 9,410 hours and over $300,000 for the health system, plus the money saved in patient travel costs each year.  Although this is a Kootenay –Boundary initiative, there are multiple projects province wide.

There would need to be incentives for telehealth to be successful from the physician’s perspective as it takes some organization for appointments and connections with specialists.

One of the audience members who had a skype follow-up after his surgery was most pleased with not having to go to Vancouver again.

The way to help is to advocate with the Ministry of Health as to the needs for rural or remote areas to have equality of care. 



The AGM followed after some birthday cake and coffee to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the Wellness Centre at 518 Lake Street in Nelson.  It has been an extraordinary 10 years.

The highlights of the AGM were:

  1.    Deb Zeeben speaking about how the credit union co-ops and health co-ops both came to be in the 1950’s and how we are connected across the world in the co-op movement.
  2.  The Wellness centre is about hope, help, care and choice as we try to be a catalyst for integrated health care.
  3. The determinants of health show that 25% is determined by wellness and 25% by community and social connectedness. As we continue to connect with our community through the Resource centre, involvement in low cost dental, seniors issues and affordable housing we are supporting wellness in the community.
  4. Deb will be leaving the board as she has served her 6 consecutive years but she will continue in an advisory positon and as past chair for the next year.  Thanks for all you have done!
  5. The various board members reported on the Resource Centre, Low cost Dental, Heath Fair, Social media and promotion, the Wellness Centre and new partners and our connections in the community.



Our new board will be:

Pegasus McGauley, Marion Hunter, Eric Ramsden, Erin Morrison all in continuing terms, Lynn Adams and Sharon Browning beginning new 3 year terms and two new board members, Lonnie Facchina and Lynn Goodison.
 
Lonnie
Lonnie Facchina is known for her work for the MS Society, the Nelson District Hospice Society and as the volunteer co-ordinator for the Resource Room. We look forward to her expertise on our Board.

Lynn


Lynn Goodison retired from nursing in 2008 and is currently employed with the Nelson and District Seniors Co-ordinating Society as the Home Help Co-ordinator. She brings to the table a medical perspective.







The next meeting will be the Statutory meeting on June 22, 2016 at 11:00 am and the board members will be chosen for executive and committee roles.

We are all looking forward to summer and some down time to replenish for the next year.

Eric and Marion








Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Passport to Wellness II: A Resounding Success and Next Year's Event is Already in Mind!









So what does it take to put on a health fair? Well it takes a small but dedicated committee, some amazing sponsors, practitioners from all areas of health and wellness, representatives from many organizations and a community that wants to know what is out there to help them with their own wellness plan.

On April 16, 2016, the Passport to Wellness 11 Health Fair took place at the Community First Health Co-op.  There were 12 interactive sessions that represented a large variety of topics and 15 booths set up by local agencies to gather information on an array of health issues in the area.

  Oso coffee and herbal teas paired with some great fresh veggies, wraps and fruit trays was available throughout the day, ably handled by Sarah Popoff and her two German international student helpers, Tabea and Carolin. 









 Lynn Adams was the official greeter on behalf of the Co-op and was there to answer questions, give directions and encourage people to fill in the feedback forms for a chance at a draw.

Mia Gardiner did triple duty as a committee member, participant, and technology expert so all went flawlessly – which as we all know is often not the case.  

The presenters were very well received by everyone and participants felt that they had such a good variety of presenters and often had to make decisions on what to go and hear. Several people remarked that they were only coming for one presentation but stayed for the day. 

The morning started off with presentations by Mia Gardinier on the
BC Rise Wellness Chronic Pain Workshop
Latest in the fight against cancer and staff of the BC Rise Wellness group doing an interactive session on Chronic Pain relief through activity- I discovered that I stand when I am tired in a manner that is hard on the hips and the back –so now have a mission to get better at that.

At 11 am, as more folk in the area were waking up, we had the chance to hear from Morag Reid from the Nelson Hospice Society on Dying and Grief in our Community,
Essential Oils Workshop
or to learn about Essential Oils and the benefits they have for many issues.

Andrew Earnshaw, ED - Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice
When noon rolled around the numbers picked up and Dr. Lee McKay and Andrew Earnshaw, ED from the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice gave a great session on the Future of Primary Health Care and Meeting the Challenge.  At the same time, people were learning about Clinical Hypnosis from Jackalin    MacGregor, a session attended by Erin Morrison from our committee as she tried to get to most of the sessions to support our presenters.

After some snacks for lunch, the 1 pm session has Dr Kozak doing a session on Blood type and the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, while others took part in a session by Sandy MacLean on Somatic Psychotherapy –Skills for Resolving Trauma from the Body UP – this proved to be one of our most popular offerings.

2pm it was time for Breakout with Sean Dooley. Sean is a young Nelson man who told his story of overcoming many obstacles and is now an mental health advocate for young athletes in dealing with all of the pressures of performance and the mental health issues that may plague them.  At the same time, Sandy MacLean held another session on Attachment Theory – A Map for Transforming Relationship Distress.

As the day wound down the last sessions were offered by Mark McBride on Mid –Life transitions – Hormones and their effect on our overall health and Dr. Andre Kirsten – Autoimmune Disease and HPA Axis Dysfunction – How stress may be affecting your health.

We want to thank all the groups who had tables or kiosks with volunteers to give our information – Nelson Friends of the Family, Nelson and District Hospice Society, TEETH/ IHA Dental, Breakout, Thermography, Senior’s Co-ordinating Society, Community First Health Co-op, Kootenay Medical Aesthetics, Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Heart and Stroke Foundation, ALS Society of BC, MS Society of BC, BC Lung Association, Arthritis Society of BC, Nelson Community services, Acupuncture and Natural Health Clinic and Mindfulness of Heart. 

Our other hard working committee members were Lonnie Facchina who put together the program and found the community groups for us plus took part in both the MS Society and the Nelson Hospice Society kiosks and presentations, Michael Jessen who helped find presenters and ran the BC Lung Society kiosk, and Marion Hunter who ran up and down stairs most of the day checking to see how things were going and keeping us all energized.  And we, of course, want to thank the CFHC Board Chair Deb Zeeben for moving and arranging and being the backbone of this organization 

 If you missed the fair then you want to book Saturday, April 8, 2017 for the 3rd rendition of the PASSPORT TO WELLNESS FAIR.

 Yours in health and wellness ;-)


Eric and Marion 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Passport to Wellness 2 Health Fair; Seniors Co-ordinating Society Strategic Planning; and Getting More Efficient.







Sunny days and warm weather – it is April at its best.  

The CFHC is pleased to present our Passport to Wellness11 Health Fair on Saturday, April 16,2016 at 518 Lake Street in Nelson B.C.

The Wellness Fair doors open at 9:45 and the first two sessions begin at 10. There will be 2 sessions beginning every hour on the hour, so join us for a day of interactive sessions and information.

There will be sessions on the Fight against Cancer with Mia Gardiner and Active Treatments for Chronic Pain with Dr. Joel Kalia, Jennifer Potts, and Camela Cowan from the Rise BC Wellness Centre at 10 am.

At 11am. Essential oils made Easy with Shauna Robertson and Nelson Hospice “Let’ talk about dying and grieving in our community” given by Morag Reid are the 2 sessions.

Come at 12 and learn about Clinical Hypnosis from Jakalin Mcgregor and The future of Primary Health Care – Meeting the Challenge.   – Dr. Lee McKay and Ed.  Andrew Earnshaw (Kootenay boundary Division of Family Practice)

At 1:00 pm. Somatic Psychotherapy – Skills for Resolving Trauma from the Body up – Sandy McLean and Cardiovascular Disease – Using Blood Type Science to Personalize Treatment and Prevention by Dr. Loren Kozak are the sessions on tap.

Attachment Theory – A Map for Transforming Relationship Distress –Sandy McLean and Breakout – a Mental Health session for parents, youth and coaches by Sean Dooley will be on at 2 pm

 Beginning at 3 pm will be Mid- Life Transitions: Hormones and their effects on our overall health – Mark McBride – Pharmasave and
Autoimmune Disease and HPA Axis Dysfunction – How stress may be affecting your health by Dr. Andre Kirsten will round out our day.





There are also 18 manned tables and kiosks for you to visit and get information on a wide variety of health related topics.

Coffee, tea, water and snacks will be available, and for everyone who fills in a feedback form, a chance to win an awesome door prize.

Join us on Saturday for this FREE Community event!!

  • The CFHC Board was pleased to receive a $2900 rebate from Fortis for replacing our HVAC system. It felt good to be rewarded for upgrading our system to a more sustainable and efficient one.



  • The Seniors Co-ordinating Society is having a Strategic Planning Session in early May to chart their course for the next years.  This event will be supported by the CBT. 

It is bustling down at Community First Health Co-op and we are all in the spring mood... with tulips blossoming in the garden!

Cheers for this month,


Eric and Marion 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Community First Health Co-op Update: Passport to Wellness Health Fair, Home Help Organizer and Health Care Co-operative Federation of Canada





Passport to Wellness 2015


               Rain – sun – rain – sun !! It must be spring rounding the corner in the Kootenay’s and with daylight savings about to begin, the light at the end of the winter tunnel is here.

            

Passport to Wellness 2015
  CFHC is gearing up for our second Passport to Wellness Health Fair on April 16, 2016 from 10am-4pm at 518 Lake Street. We are just confirming all of our presenters and information kiosks for the event.   We will have presentations by the Canadian Cancer Society, The Kootenay Division of Family Physicians, Mark McBride (pharmacist and sleep expert), Sandy McLean (Mental Health, Resilience and Illness), Elephant Mountain Counselling and Shauna Robertson (Essential Oils) and more to be added this week, so check for our posters, and in the Nelson Star Community Calendar for more information on our sessions. We will also have kiosks from TEETH and IHA Dental, BC Lung Association, MS Society, Nelson Hospice, Friends of the Family, ALS and Heart and Stroke with more to also be added.

 Plan to join us for a FREE day of information and interaction as you take responsibility for your wellness.

The Seniors Co-ordinating Society has hired a Home Help Organizer, Lynn Goodison. She helps Seniors stay in their homes by providing help with light cleaning, grocery shopping, respite and other areas in which they may need help. She can be contacted at 250-352-6008 or through the Senior Co-ordinating Society Website. The rate of pay for the services varies, but can be subsidized. She organizes for Nelson and the outlying areas of Nelson. She has hours to use, so please give her a call if you or someone you know can use her help.

  Did you know that CFHC is part of a much larger organization – The Health Care Co-operative Federation of Canada?  Established in 2011, the HCCFC serves the health co-op sector across Canada. The mission is to support and promote health and wellness co-operatives in Canada through work within and beyond our sector.  Community First Health Co-op is one of 18 members in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and B.C. They support us through fostering relationships between members and providing access to programs that will enhance our ability to be a more complete health co-op, find evidence and research to convince the public and policy makers of the benefits of community wellness and cost savings that are created by health and wellness co-ops, and they are advocates for health co-ops with the governments of Canada. If you would like to know more about the role they play check out their website – www.healthcoopscanada.coop

    Eric is thinking gardening and Marion is getting her bike springerized to begin her training for her next cycling adventure.    

Yours in health,


 Eric and Marion