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Interlake-Eastern RHA seeks board advisors with Local Health Involvement Groups

Interlake-Eastern RHA (IERHA) is seeking applicants who want to be a part of health care decision making in one of the region’s three Local Health Involvement Groups (LHIGs).

IERHA board chair, Margaret Mills, says LHIG members will explore ideas and provide advice to the board of directors on issues that impact the delivery of local health services.

“It’s always beneficial to hear from the people we are delivering the health-care services to. It helps us make informed decisions about health care in their area,” Mills said.

Successful applicants will be working with other Local Health Involvement Group members to discuss and identify issues that affect the delivery of local health services. Each group summarizes their comments for presentation to the board of directors.

Interlake-Eastern RHA board member, Judy Dunn says LHIGs are beneficial to improving health care service delivery in our region.

“I have the honour of representing the IERHA board of directors on two of the three Local Health Involvement Groups  in the Interlake Eastern RHA,” says Dunn. “It is my pleasure to hear the wealth of information that the groups bring to the table. The information shared helps direct us toward positive changes to make our health-care system the best that we can be.”

The time commitment for LHIG members is four, two hour meetings per year. LHIG members will also receive an orientation to the RHA. Each group can determine if they’d like to take advantage of conference calling and webinars to reduce travel requirements in winter months. LHIG applications are available to residents in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority who have an interest in improving health care in the region and who are able to commit the time required to participate.

“LHIG membership has given me new insight into the successes and challenges of providing health care in our area. Changes in health-care delivery are inevitable; and planning service approaches is more effective for patients if the local authority is aware of issues and needs of citizens,” says former LHIG member Gail Harvey. “The Board of IERHA has responded positively to suggestions from the LHIGs and have made a conscientious effort to translate concerns into policies and procedures. I especially like the fact that the process and terms of the LHIGS are ever evolving according to constant LHIG and board communication.”
All applications will be reviewed by a committee of the RHA’s board of directors. People who are selected will participate in one of three LHIGs across the region.

LHIG Member Composition
West Arborg, Ashern, Eriksdale, Fisher Branch, Lundar, Gimli, Riverton, St. Laurent, Teulon and areas including the Rural Municipalities of: Grahamdale, Bifrost, Eriksdale, Armstrong, Coldwell, St. Laurent, Gimli
Central Stonewall, Selkirk, Beausejour, Oakbank and areas including the Rural Municipalities of: Rockwood, Woodlands, Rosser, St. Andrews, Selkirk, St. Clement, Springfield
East Lac du Bonnet, Pinawa, Pine Falls, Whitemouth and areas including the Rural Municipalities of: Brokenhead, Lac du Bonnet, Whitemouth, Alexander, Reynolds

Visit www.ierha.ca and click “About us” and “Community Involvement” and “Local Health Involvement Groups / Les Comités consultatifs en santé communautaire” to find the link to download an electronic application.

Applications can be faxed to 204-785-4736, attention Pamela McCallum, mailed to: Interlake-Eastern RHA Corporate Office, 233A Main Street, Selkirk, MB R1A 1S1 attention Pamela McCallum or emailed to pmccallum@ierha.ca

Applications must be received by July 31 to be considered. 

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