Communicable diseases (CD) are illnesses that are often spread from person to person, but can also be spread through food, water and animals. The health and wellness of First Nations communities can be strengthened through the prevention, treatment and management of CD. For example, chicken pox can be prevented by getting a vaccine. Tuberculosis (TB) and Hepatitis C can be detected through screening - and treated or cured.
The FNHA and Communicable Disease
FNHA's Health Protection team works with healthcare providers to deliver CD programs in First Nations communities - by increasing awareness and building capacity around CD programs with education, training and resources. The FNHA also partners with regional health authorities to improve access to health services such as: immunization; sexual health screening; harm reduction supplies; HIV testing; and TB screening and treatment.
Health Link BC: 'Health Advice You Can Trust' http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/ or call '811'
HIV and Hep C: http://www.catie.ca/en/home
Hep C: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthtopics/content.asp?hwid=hw144584
Pandemic Planning – Emergency Preparedness: http://www.gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC
Harm Reduction: http://towardtheheart.com/
Men and Sexual Health: http://checkhimout.ca
LGBTQ and Health:
Do you have Questions?
Talk to the community health nurse at your health centre or nursing station. You can also talk to your primary healthcare provider or go to your closest public health unit: http://www.immunizebc.ca/finder
For more information, contact the FNHA Health Protection team at: 1-844-364-2232
This program will support First Nations initiatives in communicable disease prevention (with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS prevention) that are well-aligned with federal and provincial strategic approaches.
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