Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey VI was officially opened on the morning of Oct. 22 with the Honouring our Shared Journey: Commemorating the Transfer Ceremony. The ceremony was the largest and only one of its kind to ever take place, marking the historic transfer of health services from Health Canada to the FNHA. Witnesses from each region of the province spoke to the work alongside representatives from the First Nations Health Council, First Nations Health Directors Association, First Nations Health Authority, and federal and provincial partners.
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The miniguide includes descriptions of the presentations, speaker bios, sponsorship info and a background on Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey.
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The conference included one-of-a-kind presentations by FNHA Vice-Presidents in each of our leadership areas: First Nations Health Benefits; Policy, Planning, and Strategic Services; Human Resources and Organizational Development; Health Services; Innovation and Information Management Services; Finance; and Corporate Services.
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Greg Shea will address the role of Corporate Services not only as a key department within the FNHA but also as a central service to BC First Nation communities. His presentation will provide an overview of the following areas:
Transition and capital planning (including analysis of transferred and needed physical assets, such as buildings, office space, medical equipment, vehicles, computers, furniture etc.)
Novation of Contribution AgreementsRisk management and emergency preparedness.Funding and accountability managementOther corporate functions to ensure business continuity, including employee travel system, insurance
Novation of Contribution Agreements
Risk management and emergency preparedness.
Funding and accountability management
Other corporate functions to ensure business continuity, including employee travel system, insurance
Tally Bains will provide an overview of the FNHA Finance department and the role that the department plays in supporting the operational and fiscal management processes at FNHA, including how directive #7 operating at a high operational efficiency was used as a guiding principle in creating the FNHA finance function. A dialogue and discussion will occur on the current financial reporting requirements for FN communities, how these requirements can be simplified and the ways in which the FNHA Finance department can support communities in their fiscal management responsibilities. The presentation will also look at other areas for improvement such as standard financial policies, processing of travel claims, and increased electronic deposits.
The FNHA assumed the budget and responsibility for the Non-Insured Health Benefits program in on in two phases: Phase 1 on July 2, 2013 and Phase 2 on October 1, 2013. For the first two years the FNHA will "buy-back" claims processing services from Health Canada headquarters as the organization establishes its own systems and processes in collaboration with BC First Nations. In order to make improvements to the current NHIB system, a Health Benefits Improvements Working Group has been established, and a process of community engagement is well underway.
Come out to learn more about what is in store for the present and future of the First Nations Health Benefits program and a roadmap to transfer and transformation of Non-Insured Health Benefits to a more effective and innovative First Nations Health Benefits program from an expert on the subject.
Health Benefits - What’s new? What’s next? with John Mah, Vice-President, First Nations Health Benefits - PDF Download (3.07 mb)
A significant development toward increasing First Nations decision-making and enhancing partner collaboration is the establishment of regional partnership accords, planning cycles and a regional enveloping process. Join Richard Jock for a discussion of how the FNHA is reorganizing to best support regional processes. Learn about the shift to regional implementation of the Health Actions and system transformation agenda and how the FNHA is re-aligning resources to enhance regional decision-making.
The Policy, Planning and Strategic Services unit is responsible for Regional supports, Communications, Community Engagement, Policy and Planning and Health Knowledge & Information.
Developing a Regional Approach with Richard Jock, Vice-President, Policy, Planning & Strategic Services - PDF Download (2.35 mb)
Over the past year the FNHA Human Resources Department was responsible for growing the organization from less than 100 staff to approximately 300 by October 1, 2013.
This involved not only a complete re-design of the organizational structure but also of HR Policies, Procedures, Governance, Compensation, Benefits, Classification, Recruitment, Staffing, Reward and Recognition and Learning and Development. In addition, Human Resources Department has been tasked with a unique challenge in ensuring the FNHA is able to mesh a union and non-union environment.
The Human Resources and Organizational Development department not only supports FNHA staff to be their best but in the future will support all BC First Nations Health centres to achieve Human Resource excellence. In this session Elaine Wass will share how the FNHA HR team is preparing to support BC First Nations through the sharing of best practice, templates and tools.
Your Human Resources Partner with Elaine Wass, Vice-President, Human Resources - PDF Download (1.79 mb)
On October 1, 2013, FNHA assumes responsibility for Health Canada health programs and services, including Health Promotion & Prevention, Health Surveillance, Environmental Public Health Services and Health Protection. Vice President, Health Services, Yousuf Ali will share how things will be different under the FNHA, his experience working with Health Canada for over 30 years, his previous position as the Regional Director of FNIH BC Region, and the bright future ahead for the FNHA.
What’s new in FNHA Health Services? with Yousuf Ali, Vice-President, Health Services - PDF Download (2.82 mb)
Data and information management is a foundational component of BC First Nations health governance and government. It is a tool for supporting informed and strategic decision making with regard to the delivery and transformation of health and wellness programs and services for First Nations in British Columbia. FNHA CIO Joseph Mendez will provide an overview of the role and functions of Innovation and Information Management Services (IIMS) including Innovation and Information Management Services as it relates to the FNHA Transfer, Transition and Transformation Agenda; and Implementing eHealth strategies and initiatives in partnership with First Nations. Learn more about FNHA plans to extend the latest technology and services to BC First Nations communities through eHealth and other related initiatives. Attend this session to learn more about establishing a foundational information management service structure for your health organization and some of the next cutting edge developments in the health technology sector.
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Our presentation and opening ceremony videos are available on our YouTube channel. View them all in a playlist here:
Or watch individually on our YouTube page
here. Presentation, speaker info and timelines are available in the video descriptions.
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Download PDF versions of the presentations below.
Our Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey presentations were broke up into three streams:
Governance Stream Summary
Beefy Chiefs & Champions Challenge
Urban Poling for Fitness, for Health
Influenza Pandemic Pandemic Planning with Donna Lawrence
Telehealth Expansion Project with FNHA TEP Team
Recruitment & Retention for Nurses
Occupational Health & Safety Employer/Employee Roles and Responsibilities
Partnership and Health Service Collaboration with Renee Hetu, Brad Anderson and Judy Sturm, Interior Health Authority
FNHA Board of Directors Meet and Greet
Nike N7 Partnership
These sessions are an opportunity for interested forum participants to listen, learn and share experiences, successes, and innovative approaches to improving health systems and services. These sessions are hosted by the First Nations Health Authority and select presenters recruited from a public
call for presentations.
Older Adult and Vulnerable People Abuse Recognize, Respond and React - Diana Day
Maternal, Child and Family Health
CUSO International: International Volunteers Applying their Skills in BC First Nation communities - Tracey Foster & Marilyn Ota
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