Improving Access to Health Services
Through innovation and partnership, the Government of Canada seeks to improve the quality of, and access to, health services for First Nations and Inuit.
Health Canada's Health Services Integration Fund (HSIF) is a five-year, $80 million initiative supporting collaborative planning and multi-year projects aimed at better meeting the health care needs of Aboriginal Canadians. HSIF builds on the lessons learned and partnerships developed under the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund (AHTF).
The Health Services Integration Fund will establish multi-party advisory committees in interested provinces and territories. The committees will explore ways to advance the integration of health services within their respective province or territory.
Drawing on Aboriginal Health Transition Fund lessons learned and the provincial/territorial context for Aboriginal health, the committees will develop integration plans which identify priority areas for future health service integration. Multi-year projects that facilitate implementation of the integration plan will be eligible for funding. Projects will generally be broader in scope and reach than many funded under the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund, bringing together efforts of several individual communities.
Committee membership will include--at minimum--First Nation and, where applicable, Inuit community representatives, provincial or territorial representatives as well as Health Canada regional representation. Membership may be extended to more than one First Nation or Inuit organization, regional or district health authorities or other Aboriginal organizations.
AHTF case in point: Women and Children's Centre at All Nations Healing Hospital, File Hills Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan
Expectant mothers living in the File Hills Qu'Appelle region of Saskatchewan can now access provincially-funded midwifery, ultrasound and nurse practitioner services closer to home.
The File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council worked with its First Nations partners and the province of Saskatchewan to integrate, adapt and de-fragment services to First Nations women in southern Saskatchewan. The partners' collaborative efforts resulted in expanded access to prenatal and women's health services at the new Women's and Children's Centre in the All Nations Healing Hospital.
Learn about the groundwork in health service integration and adaptation accomplished under the AHTF.
For more information on the HSIF, contact the Strategic Policy, Planning and Information Directorate.
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