The FNHA is making hundreds of Wi-Fi–enabled computer tablets available to clients to help them more easily access FNHA programs and services, including virtual services such as First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day, First Nations Virtual Substance Use and Psychiatry Services and counselling through Health Benefits.
The aim of the initiative is to help First Nations people and communities in BC stay connected to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tablets also come loaded with apps that recipients may find useful on their health and wellness journeys, including the FNHA App, the BC COVID-19 App, Zoom, BC Health Service Locator App, LifeLabs: Save My Spot and the Lifeguard App. (Zoom can be used to connect with FNHA virtual services and similar virtual services.)
The Access to Care Tablet Initiative is a partnership between the FNHA and SPARC (Social Planning and Research Council of BC).
The FNHA encourages First Nations individuals living in communities and in urban areas and "away from home" as well as Nations, Communities and service organizations (such as friendship centres) to submit a request for tablets.
The FNHA uses the term “urban and away from home" instead of “off reserve". The urban and away-from-home population includes First Nations people in BC (status or non-status) who live in the following areas full- or part-time:
Due to the limited number of tablets, the FNHA may not be able to accommodate all requests. We encourage organizations to create a “lending library" and loan tablets to individuals and families to fulfil an immediate need. Tablets can then be returned and lent to another client.
In fulfilling requests, the FNHA will aim to:
The application period has closed.