Health and Community Services
November 24, 2016
Supporting Health Communities
Primary Health Care Team has Success at the Gathering Place
The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, is praising the valuable work undertaken by the Downtown Health Care Collaborative – a project aimed at building primary health care teams with community partners. In St. John’s, the collaborative has partnered with groups such as the Gathering Place and Choices for Youth, to provide primary health care services to people in vulnerable circumstances.
“I was pleased yesterday to have a tour of the Gathering Place, meet some of its guests and volunteers, and see first-hand the community supports in downtown St. John’s. The Downtown Health Care Collaborative, supported by the volunteer nurses in the Parish Nursing Program, help the Gathering Place cultivate the type of environment where independence, self-respect and dignity are fostered.”
- The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services
The Downtown Health Care Collaborative is a successful project where primary health care is being delivered by interdisciplinary teams and supported by community organizations. Minister Haggie presented a grant of $10,000 which will enable four additional nurses to support the team through the Parish Nursing Program. The funding will provide for licence fees for retired volunteer nurses and a new computer system.
The Provincial Government committed in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, to expanding primary health care teams and by the end of 2017, will have established additional teams in Corner Brook and Burin. Other sites across the province will be identified and developed, in consultation with the regional health authorities and communities.
This initiative is one of more than 50 included in The Way Forward available online at www.gov.nl.ca. The vision guides Provincial Government actions to achieve greater efficiency, strengthen the province’s economic foundation, enhance services, and improve outcomes to promote a healthy and prosperous province.
- The Downtown Health Care Collaborative is a successful community-based project where primary health care is being delivered by interdisciplinary teams.
- Minister Haggie presented a grant of $10,000 which will enable four additional nurses to support the team through the Parish Nursing Program.
- The Provincial Government committed in The Way Forward, to expanding primary health care teams.
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Media Relations Manager
Department of Health and Community Services
2016 11 24 10:45 a.m.