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Public Health Outreach Van to Launch in Selkirk

New mobile service to provide care in the community every Thursday

July 29, 2020

Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority (RHA) is officially launching a new service starting July 30, providing mobile outreach in the community every Thursday at several locations in and around Selkirk .

Public health program staff created the service after consulting with a number of community agencies and people who use the region’s services, including the harm reduction community network and the peer advisory council.

“The new outreach van is a great example of how the community sees a need, and then works together to address that need,” said Shannon Montgomery, regional director of public health and wellness for Interlake-Eastern RHA. “People in Selkirk now have more support for their own health care and that of their loved ones. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.”

Selkirk Public Health Outreach Van

The new service will help people in Selkirk and surrounding areas whose health and wellbeing may be affected by complex factors such as living with chronic illnesses, poverty, poor housing, inadequate transportation or lack of supportive networks.

“We are removing barriers to accessing the quality and compassionate care offered by health-care practitioners in Manitoba,” said Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living Cameron Friesen. “The region’s public health team has been working with the community and they have come up with a new way of offering support. With the new outreach van, more people in the community can receive the care they need, when they need it.”

Public health nurses working out of the van will be able to provide parenting support and well child assessments, pregnancy testing and emergency contraception supplies, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, harm reduction and supplies, the initiation of referrals to other community agencies, and health and social services when needed.

Many local businesses have shown support for the new service, including No Frills who today made the inaugural donation to establish a new harm reduction fund with the Interlake Eastern Health Foundation. The timing of the donation with the launch of the outreach van was perfect, according to Pamela McCallum, executive director of the Interlake Eastern Health Foundation.

“We’re so grateful for the support from No Frills,” said McCallum. “When our community partners work together with staff for the betterment of health, everyone wins. We look forward to growing this new fund to support harm reduction efforts across the region.”

Anyone wanting to speak with a public health nurse but unable to make it to one of the stops along the van’s route can call 204-485-1454 to book a home visit—the van will come to you!

 

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