The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has taken another step forward as it moves toward fostering long term, meaningful partnerships, with First Nations and Métis communities in the province.
On January 18, SHA CEO Scott Livingstone was joined by a number of senior members from the SHA for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony in La Loche.
Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott LIvingstone and Jason Young from the Northern Lights School Division sign the Memorandum of Understanding at Dene High School in La Loche on January 18.
The SHA is one of a number of groups who have signed onto the MOU, agreeing to work with the school and the village to help develop a community-based approach to the delivery of healthcare services.
The event was held at Dene High School and was part of the grand re-opening of the school.
In his address at the signing, Livingstone reiterated that First Nations and Métis Health is a priority of the organization.
“As one organization, we can focus on creating a health care system that is better, smarter, safer and more coordinated,” Livingstone stated. “We can save our patients travel time and improve health by using technology to access our specialist teams throughout the province, and we now have the capacity to combine our local team’s passion with the expertise from our specialists in the south.”
The MOU is the result of the SHA’s participation in the Dene High School Wellness Committee. The multi-disciplinary group of service and program providers in the community has been meeting to establish a comprehensive health and wellness strategy for the school and the community.
“Through this work with the community, we have already been able to set up a conversation between them, our local healthcare teams, and the Maternal and Pediatric Provincial Programs to develop plans that meet the needs of the local community,” said Gabe Lafond, Executive Director of First Nation and Métis Health for the SHA.