Health

The Health Department provides holistic health services to members of the Yellowhead Tribal Council Nations.

About Health

The YTC Health Program employs competent staff with funding from First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. The funding is channeled through an agreement signed between the Yellowhead Tribal Development Foundation (YTDF) Board of Directors and the YTC Executive of Chiefs. 

The Health Director/Co-Management Liaison is under the general direction of the YTC Executive Director with a Health Steering Committee that advises on program initiatives. Each YTC member First Nation Director serves as a member of the YTC Health Steering Committee. Current programs include Rehabilitation Services, Registered Dietitian, and Health Director/Co-Management Liaison.

Work

Registered Dietition Services

Registered Dietitians are health professionals with special training. They are food and nutrition experts. They help people make food choices that promote health and wellness. The main goal of YTC’s nutrition program is to help prevent and treat diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and kidney disease. In other words help keep our people and communities healthy!

Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation is provided by licensed physical and/or occupational therapists upon assessment of a variety of physical injuries or illnesses.

YTC and the member First Nations communities are fortunate to have direct access to all those services which are delivered directly in the community health centres. Based on individual community needs assessments, the following services are available at YTC First Nations: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Massage Therapy, Nurse Practitioner, and RMH Primary Care Network Chronic Care. The last two services have been implemented for O'Chiese and Sunchild First Nations as a result of collaborative effor between RMH PCN, FNs Health Managers, and FNIHB. YTC provides administrative support.

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program

The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP) provides mental health and emotional support services to eligible former Indian Residential School students and their families throughout all phases of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. Resolution Health Support Program Services are safe, confidential, respectful, and non-judgmental. The Resolution Health Support Worker position was developed for the Indian Residential School Survivors. In Alberta there are 43 Resolution Health Support Workers (RHSW) and 28 full time Cultural Support providers within 26 organizations.

Yellowhead Tribal Council Resolution Health Support Workers (RHSW)

Gordon Burnstick - RHSW for the Yellowhead Tribal Council since 2008. His service area includes: Alexander First Nation, Edmonton, Morinville, Westlock, Barrhead, Fort Assiniboine, and St. Albert.

Contact: p: 780-217-0061 e: grdnburnstick@yahoo.ca

Howard Mustus Jr. - RHSW for the Yellowhead Tribal Council since 2011. His service area includes: Whitecourt, Blueridge, Sangudo, Cherhill, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Onoway, and Edmonton.

Contact: p: 780-920-4187 e: howardmustusjr@hotmail.com

Theresa Frencheater - RHSW for the Yellowhead Tribal Council. Her service area includes: Sunchild First Nation, O'Chiese First Nation, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer, and Innisfail.

Contact: p: 780-445-4373 e: theresafresh@yahoo.ca

Mental Health and Wellness Pilot Project

Provide leadership to the YTC Member Nations through the Mental Health and Wellness Pilot Project and assistance with the specific MHW programming elements, enhancement of partnership relations, building of the MHW team/human resources and administration, capturing the results of the project through data collection and evaluation, increasing access to services for community members, increasing communication, collaboration and sharing in community engagement.

Assisting the member nations in developing their Mental Health and Wellness programs, individually suited to the needs of the nations gave us many insights into what was lacking in resources, supports and services. We developed the Mental Health and Wellness Team as follows:

  • Two (2) Psychologists – one FT and one 3 days per week
  • One (1) Psychiatric Nurse – Full time
  • Two (2) Clinical Social Workers – Full time
  • A Variety of Elders from all the Member Nations
  • One (1) Project Coordinator – Supervised by the YTC Health Director (Full time)

MHW Team Roles and Responsibilities:

Psychologists – to enhance the skills and services of the Mental Health frontline workers and provide additional training and support for the community NNADAP teams;

Psychiatric Nurse – resident expert on medications and interactions with other medications, i.e. What happens to the addicted mind and body; involvement with community prevention programming; assisting with improving access to services, increasing collaboration and communication with all; to assist through prevention, promotion information sessions possible ways to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues;

Clinical Social Workers – working directly with the on reserve teams, i.e. NNADAP, to support and assisting with improving access to services; to collaborate and enhance on reserve prevention and promotion information sessions;

Staff

Beverly Swampy
Rehab Services Coordinator

Nicole Radics
NNADAP Coordinator

Lauren Renlund
Dietitian

Barbara Paul
Mental Wellness Coordinator

Cyerra Powder
Oral Health Coordinator

Beverly Jackson
Health Support

Howard Mustus, Junior
Indian Residential School - Resolution Health Support Workers (Alexis)

Theresa Frencheater
Indian Residential School - Resolution Health Support Workers (Sunchild/O’Chiese)

Gordon Burnstick
Indian Residential School - Resolution Health Support Workers (Alexander)

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