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Community Health Promotion and Injury/Illness Prevention


 

The Health Promotion Coordinator provides a professional service to both Lennox Island and Abegweit Bands working closely with the CHN’s (Community Health Nurses) in each community and is based at the community health centers.
The goal of all community health promotion and injury/illness prevention activities are to promote healthy lifestyle choices using a community development and population health framework.
The objectives of the Community Health Promotion and Injury/Illness Prevention aspect of the Health Program include the following:
  • To increase awareness amongst PEI Mi’kmaq people of the benefits of following a healthy lifestyle.
  • To increase the capacity of PEI Mi’kmaq people to make healthy lifestyle choices, and maintain a healthy weight.
  • To raise awareness amongst PEI Mi’kmaq people of potential injury/illness threats, and how to prevent them.
  • To raise awareness of the risk factors for, and impacts of, key chronic diseases amongst PEI Mi’kmaq people.
  • To increase the capacity of PEI Mi’kmaq people at-risk of developing diabetes to prevent/delay the onset of diabetes.
  • To increase the capacity of PEI Mi’kmaq people living with diabetes to manage their condition and minimize complications.
  • To increase the capacity of pregnant Mi’kmaq women residing on-reserve to manage a healthy pregnancy, and deliver a child that is a healthy birth weight.
  • To raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding amongst new Mi’kmaq mothers residing on-reserve, and support them in their efforts to breastfeed.
  • To increase collaboration with relevant Provincial government sectors, non-governmental organizations, and other Aboriginal organizations to maximize the reach and impact of the health promotion and primary prevention activities. 
  • To increase access to nutritious foods and healthy lifestyle education within relevant schools and daycares. 
 
Primary activities and services offered include:
  • Diabetes education events that focus on preventing diabetes, managing diabetes, and minimizing complications, such as:
    • Metabolic screening clinics, Diabetes conversation map classes, Diabetes screening clinics for Mi’kmaq youth attending John J. Sark Memorial School, Diabetes foot care clinics and Wellness Days.
  • Healthy lifestyle events that focus on healthy eating, physical activity, food safety, food preparation, and disease prevention, such as:
    • Women’s Wellness Day, Men’s Health Day, heart disease and cholesterol prevention classes, health days with staff and students at John J. Sark Memorial School, youth groups, youth summer camp, nutrition education sessions at the Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter, nutrition month activities, food safety expo, etc.
  • Provide nutritional counseling and support to pregnant women and new mothers, such as:
    • one-on-one prenatal and breastfeeding education sessions, milk ticket distribution to pregnant and breastfeeding women, parent-tot group, etc.
  • Promote helmet, seatbelt, and car seat safety.
  • Contribute to committees and events that support healthy child development, such as:
    • Child Development Expo, Child Development Team meetings, Healthy Weights in Children project, etc.
  • Promote healthy nutrition guidelines, policies, and practices in schools and daycares. For example:
    • Daycare menu consultation, collaborate with school staff to review and improve current nutrition policies and practices, etc. 
  • Nutritional counselling and support to Elders, such as:
    • home visits with Elders, Elder meals, etc.
  • Write articles/up-dates on healthy lifestyle practices and events to select local and national newsletters. 
  • Actively support professional organizations that promote healthy eating and lifestyle practices, such as:
    • PEI Healthy Eating Alliance, GoPEI etc.