The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is the first province-wide health authority of its kind in Canada. In 2013, the FNHA assumed the programs, services, and responsibilities formerly handled by Health Canada's First Nations Inuit Health Branch – Pacific Region. Our vision is to transform the health and well-being of BC's First Nations and Aboriginal people by dramatically changing healthcare for the better.
The FNHA is responsible for planning, management, service delivery and funding of health programs, in partnership with First Nations communities in BC. Guided by the vision of embedding cultural safety and humility into health service delivery, the FNHA works to reform the way health care is delivered to BC First Nations through direct services, provincial partnership collaboration, and health systems innovation.
Services are largely focused on health promotion and disease prevention and include:
• Primary Health Care
• Children, Youth and Maternal Health
• Mental Health and Wellness
• Communicable Disease Control
• Environmental Health and Research
• First Nations Health Benefits
• eHealth and Telehealth
• Health and Wellness Planning
• Health Infrastructure and Human Resources
Our unique governing structure
The First Nations Health Authority is part of a unique health governance structure that includes political representation and advocacy through the First Nations Health Council, and technical support and capacity development through the First Nations Health Directors Association. Collectively, this First Nations health governing structure works in partnership with BC First Nations to achieve our shared vision.
Our work does not replace the role or services of the Ministry of Health and Regional Health Authorities. The First Nations Health Authority will collaborate, coordinate, and integrate our respective health programs and services to achieve better health outcomes for BC First Nations.
For a full list of our health services please read and download our Programs and Services Compendium
Download an information page on the FNHA: About Us 1-pager (pdf)
Read an overview of the FNHA including our 7 Directives, Mandate, Vision and Values
Read about our Governance Structure and Accountability
Read on about Regional Profiles
Find out about Transition and Transformation within the FNHA
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