Collaboration with North Shore Tribal Council: N’Mninoeyaa Aboriginal Health Access Centre (AHAC) for Change Management toward a New Primary Healthcare Service Delivery Model

North Shore Tribal Council LogoThis collaboration, formalized in February 2013, will focus on the design of a community-driven and evidence-informed holistic Primary Health Service Delivery Model to ensure optimal health for the North Shore Tribal Council (NSTC)’s affiliated seven First Nations and the urban aboriginal population of Sault Ste. Marie, through the NTSC’s partner site housed within the Indian Friendship Centre.  

Minobimaadizing “At the Place of Good Living”: Developing a People and Community-driven Service Delivery Model

CFHI will support the system redesign through the development of an implementation plan designed to move the N’Mninoeyaa AHAC towards its desired goal of a delivery model producing optimal health for community members. The model will help community members/clients reclaim ownership and be empowered to take control of their own health and well-being as well as those of their family members.

Specific activities

A launch meeting was held March 27, 2013 in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, staff and the directors of the eight AHAC’s met with CFHI to reaffirm guiding principles, validate the proposed work plan and timeline, and build relationships for a strong collaboration.

Working together, the NSTC and CFHI will conduct an assessment of the current versus the desired state of community health services delivery, identify innovative approaches to primary healthcare as well as best (and promising) practices to inform the development of the new service delivery model and implementation plan. Batchewana First Nation hosted the first in a series of community-led engagement workshops, on October 16-17, 2013. CFHI led training for local community members and health center staff in how to facilitate meaningful and open dialogue about their primary healthcare system redesign. Sagamok Atikameksheng will host the second workshop November 13-15, 2013 in Sagamok, Ontario. Participants will put their training into practice over the coming months by facilitating community wellness workshops and conversations. 

NSTC and CFHI will also visit the Alaskan Southcentral Foundation, to learn more about the inspirational Nuka System of Care. NSTC’s final implementation plan will be presented to the North Shore Anishinabek Steering Committee and the Board of Directors in late 2013.

Find out more about the NSTC N’Mninoeyaa AHAC at www.nmninoeyaa.ca and www.mamaweswen.ca .