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SLFNHA recognizes World Hepatitis Day

SLFNHA staff of Approaches to Community Wellbeing pose with the cake served during their hosted event. From left to Right; Michelle Korobanik, Admin assistant, Ann Cleland, Community Wellbeing Nurse Specialist, and Shelly Archibald, Hepatitis C Treatment Nurse.Sioux Lookout, ON  - July 27, 2018

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) took part in World Hepatitis Day on July 26, 2018. The event was at the Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik Hostel at the Meno Ya Win Health Campus in Sioux Lookout.

This is the second year in a row that SLFNHA has participated in the event, and well over 100 people attended. The event provided valuable information and awareness on the disease while providing complimentary refreshments and cake.

“The highlight for me is always about speaking with hostel clients and families about the work being done around Hepatitis C,” said Shelly Archibald, Hepatitis C Treatment Nurse at SLFNHA.  Archibald also expressed the importance of dispelling the myths about the disease. In addition she wishes to express her gratitude to the Hostel staff for their assistance in the event.

The Official World Hepatitis Day is on July 28, 2018 is a coordinated event by the World Hepatitis Alliance. For more information please check out the SLFNHA Hep C Program  or through the World Hepatitis Alliance.

 

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Request for Proposal (RFP) for External Audit

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) is seeking out a Request for Proposal for an external audit. Click here for more information.

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Non Insured Health Benefits Program Updates - July 2018

There is an updated Drug Benefit List (DBL) now available. The DBL is a list of drugs and products covered by the program

Click here to see a link to all program updates for NIHB.

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2018 SLFNHA AGM

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority will host this year's SLFNHA Area Chiefs AGM on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 to Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Lac Seul Event Centre, located in Lac Seul First Nation.

Chiefs from all SLFNHA communities are invited to attend. To confirm attendance, Chiefs are asked to complete the Registration form below and send back to us. If a community's Chief is unable to attend, the Chief & Council may designate a Proxy by attaching a proxy letter with their registration form. A sample proxy letter is also available below.

If you require more information concerning our AGM, please contact Delaine Fiddler, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at:

Ph. 807 737-6520 C. 807 738-5058 Email: Delaine.Fiddler@slfnha.com

Registration Form

Sample Proxy Letter

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First Nations and Inuit Hope For Wellness - Online Chat Counselling Service

To inform you of the launch of the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line’s new 24/7 online chat counselling service

See file here: Hope for Wellness Online Chat Bulletin

With this service, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is providing a new option for individuals, and particularly youth, who may be more comfortable accessing counselling services online, as opposed to over the phone.
To support the launch of the new online chat counselling service, (ISC) will update its Hope for Wellness Help Line web content on Canada.ca to include direct links to the online chat counselling service.

Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or use the chat box to connect with a counsellor on-line at:
https://chat.fn-i-hopeforwellness.ca
https://clavardage.espoirpourlemieuxetre-pn-i.ca
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous people across Canada.
Experienced and culturally competent counsellors can help by working with you or help you to find other wellness supports available near you.
Counselling by phone and chat is available in English and French. Phone counselling is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut, on request.
Please help build awareness for this new service by sharing this information.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free Help Line 1-855-242-3310

Ontario Region NIHB Client Information Line
1-800-640-0642

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IMPORTANT UPDATE TO MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION

ONTARIO REGION SECTION 6.2 OF THE NIHB MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION POLICY FRAMEWORK BECOMES EFFECTIVE ON JUNE 1, 2018

See file here: Moratorium.pdf

In January 2016, a moratorium was placed on Section 6.2 of the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Medical Transportation Policy Framework (MTPF) following a commitment made with the Assembly of First Nations.
At the time section 6.2 of the medical transportation policy stated:
“When a client does not attend a scheduled appointment and medical transportation benefits have been provided, the client may have to assume the cost of the return trip or of the next trip to access medically required health services unless proper justification is provided to explain why the client was unable to attend or to notify the appropriate public carrier of the cancellation.”
Until now, Section 6.2 of the MTPF was temporarily not enforced so that analysis on missed appointments could be conducted. After a thorough review and
follow-up discussions with the AFN, Indigenous Services Canada
has decided to reinstate Section 6.2, with minor changes that
clarify potential exceptions to the rule.
Section 6.2 now states:
When a client does not attend a scheduled appointment and medical transportation benefits have been provided, the client may have to assume the cost of the return trip or of the next trip to access medically necessary health services unless justification is provided to explain why the client was unable to attend or to notify the appropriate public carrier of the cancellation. Justification may include, but is not limited to, unforeseen circumstances such as health service delivery delays, severe weather conditions, family or personal emergencies.
NIHB will continue to work with partners and the NIHB Navigators to ensure that clients are aware of their responsibilities while travelling and will apply section 6.2 only when justification for missed travel has not been received.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to NIHB.

FNIHB Ontario Region NIHB contacts:

Ontario Region Client Information Line
1-800-640-0642
Heather Larsen, Senior Manager
Heather.larsen@canada.ca
(613) 941-6253
Julie Mirau, Manager, Program Delivery
Julie.mirau@canada.ca
(613) 952-0139
Cynthia Lucier, Manager
Sioux Lookout
cynthia.lucier@canada.ca
(807) 737-5822
Sandra Freund, Manager
Thunder Bay
Sandra.freund@canada.ca
(807) 346-3530
Thunder Bay Discharges 1-807-625-6039
All Other Discharges 1-807-737-5080
Sioux Lookout on-Call
Weekends and Holidays 1-807-737-0828 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
 

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