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• Health Benefits Program
• FNHDA leads Health Benefits Transformation
• First Nations Telehealth Expansion Project
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The BC Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nation Health Governance requires the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) to prepare an annual Interim Health Plan that sets out its operational start-up plans, goals, priorities, program plans and services, evaluation process and use of funding provided by Canada and BC.
We're pleased to share A Year in Transition: 2013-2014 Interim Health Plan Overview with you. This document provides an overview of the Interim Health Plan, summarizing the key FNHA priorities and milestones for the year of Transition.
The Interim Health Plan spans from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 and is an operational plan adopted by the FNHA Board of Directors and deemed satisfactory by Canada and BC to trigger funding as laid out in the BC Tripartite Framework Agreement. It outlines the activities required to ensure a successful transfer and transition of responsibilities from First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) to the FNHA.
The inaugural Interim Health Plan has been informed by BC First Nations, including feedback provided at forums\ such as Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey, by leadership of the First Nations health governance structure provincially and regionally, and via videoconferencing opportunities like the UBC Learning Circle.
While the scope of the first Interim Health Plan is operationally focused within a one year timeframe, our view is turned to the planning opportunities of the future.
Following this early transition period, Interim Health Plans will eventually be replaced by 5-year Multi-Year Health Plans that set out the FNHA's goals, priorities, program plans and services, health performance standards, anticipated allocation of resources and use of funding provided by Canada and BC.
The transformation stage ahead provides a unique opportunity for us as BC First Nations to develop a planning model that is logical, transparent, synchronized – and which is underpinned by the 7 Directives that guide all of our efforts. Through a new planning model, a key focus will be on community-level or multi-community level health and wellness planning built on citizen engagement. The resulting plans will articulate the community wellness visions and priorities. These citizen-driven community health and wellness plans will directly inform future Regional Health & Wellness Plans adopted by the region's First Nations – the first iteration of these plans is being developed now by the Regions. Together, the five Regional Health & Wellness Plans will influence and guide the planning processes of the FNHC, FNHDA, and FNHA, including future Interim and Multi-Year Health Plans as well as strategic plans.
We look forward to working with all of you, as we move beyond transition, to shape and transform the current community, regional and provincial planning requirements and processes to better suit our own standards, expectations, and needs as BC First Nations.
Download the full Interim Health Plan Overview here:
IHP Overview (1.6 mb)
• Background and Purpose • The Building Blocks for Transformation • Reciprocal Accountability • Citizens • Health Directors • First Nations Health Directors Association • Chiefs • First Nations Health Council • First Nations Health Authority • Tripartite Partners • Charter of Rights & Ombudsperson • Planning and Evaluation Cycle • Data Governance • Supporting Sustainability • Next Steps
• Background and Purpose
• The Building Blocks for Transformation
• Reciprocal Accountability
• Health Directors
• First Nations Health Directors Association
• First Nations Health Council
• First Nations Health Authority
• Tripartite Partners
• Charter of Rights & Ombudsperson
• Planning and Evaluation Cycle
• Data Governance
• Supporting Sustainability
• Next Steps
Download it here: 2013 Guidebook: Building Blocks for Transformation
Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health Annual Report
Download it here: Together in Wellness PDF
• A Message from the First Nations Health Council • Building Blocks for Transformation • Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey VI • First Nations Leadership Health Challenge (Beefy Chiefs Challenge) • Regional Updates...Find out what is going on in your Region!
• Building Blocks for Transformation
• Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey VI
• First Nations Leadership Health Challenge (Beefy Chiefs Challenge)
• Regional Updates...Find out what is going on in your Region!
• Where we are today - Chief Executive Officer Update • Novation: your questions answered by Health Canada and the FNHA • Policy Planning and Strategic Services focuses on Regional Supports • Interim Regional Health and Wellness planning approach FAQ's • First Nation Health Benefits Update
• Where we are today - Chief Executive Officer Update
• Novation: your questions answered by Health Canada and the FNHA
• Policy Planning and Strategic Services focuses on Regional Supports
• Interim Regional Health and Wellness planning approach FAQ's
• First Nation Health Benefits Update
Download it here: July 2013 Transition Update
News from the Council
Download it here: April 2013 Transition Update
The Transition Update (Dec2012) is now available. The Update describes the ongoing work of the FNHC/FNHA, with our partners, to implement the Framework Agreement.
Download it here: Transition Update December 2012
The Transition Update (Oct 2012) is now available. The Update describes the ongoing work of the FNHC/FNHA, with our partners, to implement the Framework Agreement.
Download it here: Transition Update October 2012
When did the transition period start?
The Transition period started in October 2011 with the signing of the Framework Agreement and will extend to 2016.
What is the difference between "transfer" and "transition"?
Transfer is only one of the activities that is part of transition and refers to the transfer of responsibility for Health Canada programs and services to the First Nations Health Authority. Transfer is a point in time and not a long term process. Transfer is an operational
level discussion between the FNHA and Health Canada around the mechanics of moving something from point A to point B, and is really a problem solving exercise to ensure that the quality of service will be there on day 1. The target date for transfer is July 2, 2013. Transition will carry on after the transfer date.
What are we transferring?
Through transfer, the First Nations Health Authority will assume responsibility for all of the resources, people and facilities of the First Nations and Inuit Health (FNIH) BC Region. The FNHA will also have some additional responsibilities which are currently held by Health
Canada headquarters in Ottawa. It's helpful to think of the FNIH regional office as the arms and legs of Health Canada headquarters. The regional office acts on the directions of headquarters but it is not the 'head', it does not set direction. As part of transfer we will take over some of headquarters' responsibilities. This means that the First Nations Health Authority will be able to make changes that the regional office had no control over.
Additionally, the First Nations Health Authority will be taking on corporate services. Corporate services include the systems necessary to pay bills, maintain internet connections, and take care of facilities (etc). Corporate services for Health Canada in all regions are currently administered centrally from Ottawa.
The transfer of regional operations is only one piece of the puzzle, it is through the transfer of headquarters functions that we can really make the difference in how we can change programs and services for our citizens.
What is involved in the transition period?
The transition stream of work includes the transfer process mentioned above as well as ongoing work in evolution of our governance structure. The implementation committee will be in place for 5 years to complete the transition.
Where will the First Nations Health Authority get its funding?
The FNHA has entered into a 10 year funding agreement (called the Canada Funding Agreement) with Health Canada. It's helpful to think of this as a really big health transfer agreement. The FNHA will develop a Multi-Year Health Plan (MYHP). The MYHP is a strategic service plan and will include feedback from First Nations to describe how the FNHA will use its resources.
Read more on the Canada Funding Agreement.
What is the Interim Management Committee?
The Interim Management Committee (IMC) is a venue for the FNHA CEO (Joe Gallagher) and FNIH Regional Director (Yousuf Ali) to jointly manage FNIH BC operations. An important function of the weekly IMC meeting is for the FNHA to get a sense of what the issues are today and the region's ability to address these issues. The Interim Management Committee is key to creating understanding around the challenges that FNIH has today operating within its current policy, mandate and structure. It also gives both partners an opportunity to see where improvements can be made moving ahead.
The IMC is also focused on making sure that the staff of both organizations understands what the transition means with in order to ensure continuity.
What are the FNHA priorities through the transition period?
Our priorities through transition are:
1. No disruption to programs, service, and cash flow for First Nations communities and individuals2. Smooth and supported transitions for the staff being transferred, and existing staff of the FNHA3. Ongoing and robust partnership with Health Canada and BC to make the transfer a success4. Make administrative improvements where practical through transition.
1. No disruption to programs, service, and cash flow for First Nations communities and individuals
2. Smooth and supported transitions for the staff being transferred, and existing staff of the FNHA
3. Ongoing and robust partnership with Health Canada and BC to make the transfer a success
4. Make administrative improvements where practical through transition.
What is the plan for the Transfer of current FNIHB Employees to the FNHA?
All eligible FNIHB employees will receive a Reasonable Job Offer (RJO) and the opportunity to become employees of the FNHA.
What are Sub-Agreements and how are they being finalized?
Sub-Agreements are legal agreements that describe the mechanics of how to physically and legally transfer office space, assets, employees, funding, information, records, and programs from the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch to a First Nations Health Authority.
The main Sub-Agreements (Framework Agreement, Schedule 5) are:
• Human Resources• Health Benefits (NIHB)• Records Transfer, Information Management and Information Sharing• Assets and Software• Accommodation• Capital Planning/First Nations Health Facilities• Assignment or Termination of Canada's Contribution Agreements
• Human Resources
• Health Benefits (NIHB)
• Records Transfer, Information Management and Information Sharing
• Assets and Software
• Capital Planning/First Nations Health Facilities
• Assignment or Termination of Canada's Contribution Agreements
Sub-agreement finalization is being conducted jointly by the leadership of the FNHA and FNHC. Negotiations are largely an implementation exercise, and are focused on determining how to best facilitate the transfer of resources to the FNHA. It is important to note that these discussions will enable the FNHA to take over the federal programs and operations as they currently exist; they will not describe program redesign, which will take place in collaboration with First Nations only after the Sub- Agreements are completed.
What is the budget for Implementation? How is it being used?
The Framework Agreement approved by BC First Nations in May 2011 includes one-time funding of $17 million to support the implementation and transition costs required to establish the First Nations Health Authority and its operations, and to transition programs, services and functions to its management. These costs are significant particularly for new systems for information management.
Community Programs through Transition
What will happen to my contribution agreement?
Post-transfer community contribution agreements will be administered by the First Nations Health Authority. The FNHA is working closely with FNIH to ensure that there is no interruption in service to contribution agreement holders. It's important to note that until transfer occurs, FNIH remains responsible for program and service delivery including the administration of community contribution agreements. Contribution agreements will not substantially change for a number of years, this type of activity will occur in the transformation period.
The transfer of community contribution agreements between BC First Nations and Health Canada to the First Nations Health Authority is in progress and a large majority of First Nations organizations have already novated their agreements.
Health Canada will keep Contribution agreements holders informed of progress related to the transitioning of these agreements from Health Canada to the First Nations Health Authority.
Read more on the Novation process.
How is the FNHA planning to address current contract/contribution agreements which expire or are up for renewal near the time of Transfer?
The FNHA does not intend the transfer to get in the way of community contribution agreements and ability to deliver programs and services. If your current contribution agreement is set to expire we suggest that you work with Health Canada staff to achieve a
renewal. Post transfer, all contracts and contribution agreements will be held by the FNHA. The contracting processes associated with these agreements is not anticipated to change in the near future, and will only change through engagement with BC First Nations.
Will Health Canada nurses still come to the community?
Absolutely. Through the transfer process, FNIH nursing staff will become FNHA nursing staff. We do not anticipate any interruption in service through this time.
What is Transformation?
Transformation refers to the exercise of analyzing, upgrading, and re-orienting current FNIH health programs and services to better meet the needs of BC First Nations. This process will also include identifying opportunities for stronger coordination with provincial programs and services.
When will Transformation take place? When will programs and services change?
Transformation won't begin until transition is complete. It is important that the new FNHA "get to know" current FNIH programs and services and fully understands how programs are being administered. The first round of community engagement on the transformation of programs and services will begin in the spring of 2013 and will follow the engagement pathway workbook process that communities are familiar with.
When and how will communities be engaged regarding transformation? What will be the approach to making changes?
Community will be engaged in the Transition (Transfer) and Transformation process through the FNHC Engagement Pathway. The 2013 Guidebook: Building Blocks for Transformation is intended to gain input and feedback into priorities for Transformation.
How are we ensuring the distinction between business/operations and politics/governance?
By approving the Framework Agreement, First Nation leaders clearly defined the roles of the First Nation components of the First Nations health governance structure by confirming the clear separation of functions of the First Nations Health Council (political), the First Nations Health Directors Association (professional association), and the First Nations Health Authority (service delivery).
• The First Nations Health Council and First Nations Health Directors Association can advise the First Nations Health Authority, according to their mandates, but cannot direct, or be seen as directing, the First Nations Health Authority• First Nations Health Council members and First Nation Health Directors cannot serve as directors of the First Nations Health Authority• Members of the First Nations Health Authority cannot participate in the day-to-day decision-making and operations of the First Nations Health Authority• Within the First Nations Health Authority, no one person may simultaneously act as more than one of (i) member (ii) director and (iii) employee
• The First Nations Health Council and First Nations Health Directors Association can advise the First Nations Health Authority, according to their mandates, but cannot direct, or be seen as directing, the First Nations Health Authority
• First Nations Health Council members and First Nation Health Directors cannot serve as directors of the First Nations Health Authority
• Members of the First Nations Health Authority cannot participate in the day-to-day decision-making and operations of the First Nations Health Authority
• Within the First Nations Health Authority, no one person may simultaneously act as more than one of (i) member (ii) director and (iii) employee
To further protect against any perceived or real conflict of interest, the Framework Agreement stipulates that elected and political officials and First Nations Health Directors may not serve on the Board of Directors of the First Nations Health Authority.
As an Executive Director of an organization which holds a collective Contribution Agreement with FNIHB do I have a voice or role in the Transfer and Transformation process?
Yes. There will be ongoing opportunity to provide feedback and input into the Workbook process in accordance with the FNHC Engagement Pathway.