Health program tailored to a need: Aboriginal Mother Centre
BY KIM PEMBERTON, VANCOUVER SUNJUNE 21, 2013 3:11 AM
Marlaina Shanoss, left, with daughter Krystyna, six months, Health Actions executive director Michelle DeGroot, Aboriginal Mother Centre Society executive director Diane Sugars and Nicole Lafond with children Junior, 3, and Skarleth, 5, at the Aboriginal Mother Centre. The east-side facility targets the needs of single aboriginal mothers to ensure they have safe housing, food and clothing.
Photograph by: Les Bazso, PNG, Vancouver SunThe First Nations Health Authority will be working closely with aboriginal people around the province to deliver health care services they say their communities most need.
One such example, already in operation in Vancouver, is the Aboriginal Mother Centre. The centre is the only organization in Canada that targets the specific needs of single aboriginal mothers to ensure they have safe housing, food and clothing.
Counsellors help women learn parenting skills and tackle any challenges they might face from poverty and abuse.
The centre provides 16 suites of temporary housing for women and children at risk of homelessness, daycare spaces for 25 children, between three and five years of age, and a Family Wellness Program. The centre, on Vancouver's east side, is led and maintained by aboriginal groups in partnership with other organizations such as BC Housing.
The First Nations Health Authority, when they are in "service delivery" mode, beginning in October, will play a larger role to support community-driven work such as the Aboriginal Mother Centre.
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