The Anishinabe Health Plan (AHP) was developed by SLFNHA, the 31 First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout area, Tribal Councils, physicians, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) and Health Canada.
Created in 2006, the AHP identifies a model of holistic, integrated primary health care service delivery for the region.
AHP Vision for Health Services:
- Unified Regional Primary Health Care system under First Nations governance and management
- A stable physician workforce
- Increased access to physician services in community
- Supportive emergency room and hospital services for all communities
- Goal of improved health outcomes for communities
What is included in the AHP?
- Our language and traditional knowledge and healing practices are being included within the plan. Each community will determine how this occurs.
- We are including the results of the community surveys in the plan.
- Ways to respect our different cultures are being included in the plan. For example, we can teach western health providers about our ways, and we can increase the number of our people who are health providers.
- We are finding ways to work with other governmental departments to address the ‘whole’ problem. For example when we treat a community member for asthma, we must also address the mold in our homes and the dust in community.
- We are working with governments to implement ways that honour our treaty rights and agreements.
- We will implement this plan, and have our people manage and deliver the services.
- The plan will help and support each community to deliver the health services that meet the needs of their own people.