As the Anishinaabe of the Long Plain First Nation we professionally offer and provide encompassing program services for our tribal citizens within the spirit of our treaty and inherent rights in a respectful, equal, timely manner and without prejudice to create opportunity for growth and well being of all those we serve.
The provision of health services and programs in our community will be guided by the following principles:
- To acknowledge, recognize and respect all tribal cultures, traditional values and beliefs within the holistic concept of healing.
- To acknowledge that individuals are responsible for their own health. With the exception of suspected child abuse, suicidal tendencies or extreme mental distress, we respect a person’s right to live at risk and to accept or refuse non-mandatory services. Our primary goal is to provide care with dignity.
- To encourage and assist people to access needed health and social services and live healthy lifestyles.
- To ensure involvement of the Long Plain First Nation community regarding health programming with their wisdom through observing, experiencing and participating in life.
We offer following programs for the members of LPFN to ensure their safety and health. If you have any specific question regarding services we provide, please feel free to contact us.
Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative
This program focuses on prevention and promotion which emphasizes healthy eating and active living, and build awareness of diabetes around issues such as risk factors and complications. The program components are: promotion, prevention, screening and care, capacity, surveillance, research, evaluation and monitoring. This program includes 4 Podiatry Clinics per year. Program Lead – Evangeline Meeches LPN, For more information about this program, please contact (204)252-2369
Aboriginal Head Start On-Reserve
This preschool intervention program supports the development of the physical, intellectual, social, spiritual and emotional well-being of First Nation children up to six years of age. The six core elements of AHSOR are:
- Promotion and protection of FN language and culture,
- Health promotion,
- Social support,
- Parental and family involvement.
School readiness is the main focus of AHSOR. Program Coordinator: Lizzie Daniels. For more information about this program, please contact (204)252-2774
This program is to improve the quality of, and access to, culturally appropriate, holistic and community-directed mental health, child development, and injury prevention services at the community level to help create healthy family and community environments in which members can thrive. The 5 Elements of Brighter Futures are:
- Mental health,
- Child development,
- Injury prevention,
- Healthy babies,
- Parenting skills.
Program Coordinator – Helen Myran. For more information about this program, please contact (204)252-2369
Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program
This program primarily targets pregnant women and women with infants up to 12 months of age living on-reserve. The overall goal is to improve maternal and infant nutritional health. CPNP supports activities related to:
- Nutrition screening,
- Pre-natal education and counselling,
- Maternal nourishment,
- Breastfeeding promotion and support.
Program Lead – Maureen Sinclair
This program is mandatory and it works to prevent and/or reduce the risks to human health associated with communicable diseases and exposure to hazards with the natural and built environment. The range of programs and activities can include public awareness, manage and control communicable diseases, encourage healthy behaviours, reduce environmental health risks, community development and capacity building initiatives. The components are
- Communicable disease control,
- Immunization program,
- Tuberculosis program,
- Blood borne diseases,
- Sexually transmitted infections and,
- Communicable disease emergencies.
Program Lead – Erin Funk RN/BN. For more information about this program, please contact (204)252-2369
Community Health Representative – Evangeline Meeches
Building Healthy Communities
This is the community mental health program which assists First Nation communities to develop community-based approaches to mental health crisis management. Mental health and crisis intervention activities include assessments, counselling services, referrals for treatment and follow-up treatment, aftercare and rehabilitation to individuals and communities in crisis. This does not include therapy. Other enabling activities are providing peer support groups and services; culturally sensitive accredited training on crisis management; intervention; trauma and suicide prevention for community members and care givers.
Program Coordinator – Annette Peters 204-252-2553
Community Based Drinking Water Testing (CBDW) – Provides training and education material to community based drinking water quality monitors and provides drinking water quality testing. Sample water testing is submitted to First Nation and Inuit Health for results and feedback.
Program Lead – Health Director
Home and Community Care
Home and Community Care is a coordinated system of home and community based health care services that enable First Nations of all ages and disabilities, chronic or acute illnesses and the elderly to receive the care they need in their homes and communities. The elements are: 1) structured client assessment, 2) managed care, 3) home care nursing services, 4) home support services, 5) provision or access to in-home respite care, 6) access to medical equipment and supplies, 7) information and data collection, 8) management and supervision, 9) established linkages with other services.
Program Coordinator – Denise Hobson LPN 204-252-2369
Maternal Child Health
The long term goal of the MCH program is to support pregnant First Nations women and families with infants and young children, who live on-reserve, to reach their fullest development and lifetime potential. The MCH program aims for contact with all pregnant women and new parents, with long term home visiting for those families who require additional supports.
Program Coordinator – Maureen Sinclair LPN 204-252-2553
National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program
Prevention strategies conducted by the program provide culturally appropriate programming to educate and create awareness about addictions and addictions-free lifestyles. Intervention strategies provide assessments and referrals to treatment centres and the preparation of clients for entry into residential treatment, or other rehabilitation treatment programs.
Program Lead – Leona Meeches 204-252-2369
Non- Insured Health Benefits
This program provides a limited range of medically necessary health-related goods and services for First Nations living on-reserve not provided through private insurance plans, provincial/territorial health or social programs or other publicly funded programs. These include drugs, dental care, vision care, medical supplies and equipment, mental health services, medical transportation to access medical services not available on reserve or in the community of residence. Off –reserve members access the regional office for services.
Long Plain Health Services
Portage la Prairie, MB