Northern Health to hold consultations on heart health

Northern Health is embarking on a new series of consultations with residents in communities across the region this fall to gather input on ‘Heart Health’.

This continues the Northern Health Board’s commitment to broaden its understanding on topics that matter to northern residents. This consultation will focus on the spectrum of heart health from prevention to services, treatment and hospital care.

“Taking steps to keep your heart healthy can have a huge impact on a person’s quality of life,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, in a press release. “Northern Health’s consultations give residents an opportunity to affect how their communities learn about heart health and to offer their perspectives on the health issues that that matter to them.” 

The goals of the consultation are:

  • To provide residents of northern B.C. with information on heart health and the services across the continuum of care – from prevention through treatment;
  • To engage residents of northern B.C. in discussions about heart health and to learn about their priorities, what works well, where there are barriers, and opportunities for improvement;
  • To listen, record and report back on the health concerns, hopes, and ideas of participants.

The series of meetings, “Heart Health in Northern BC,” begins September 17, and will run through mid-November. 

“Our board continues to be committed to hearing from residents,” said Colleen Nyce, Northern Health Board Chair. “Heart health affects all of us, and we want to know what works, might work, or we can do better.”

This is the eighth Northern Health consultation carried out since 2004. The information gathered will also inform the Northern Health board and senior staff for planning and decision-making purposes.

There is no cost to attend a consultation session, and refreshments will be provided. An online survey process, Thought exchange, will be made available to every resident of northern B.C., including NH staff, thereby providing a way for those who cannot attend a public meeting or focus group to participate in the consultation process.

The schedule of fall 2018 public consultation sessions is as follows; updated locations will be shared as they are confirmed.

 

DATE

COMMUNITY

LOCATION

TIME

Sept. 17

Fort Nelson

Northern Rockies Recreation Centre

5500 Alaska Highway

7:00pm-9:00pm

       

Sept. 18

Fort St. John

 

North Peace Cultural Centre

10015-100 Avenue Conference Room

7:00pm-9:00pm

Sept. 19

Dawson Creek

 

Stonebridge – Fixx Urban Grill

500 Hwy 2

7:00pm-9:00pm

Sept. 20

Chetwynd

Pine Valley Senior’s Rec Centre

5312-47 Avenue

7:00pm-9:00pm

Sept. 24

Kitimat

 

Multipurpose Room – KGH

920 Lahakas Bvld S

7:00pm-9:00pm

Sept. 25

Terrace

 

Best Western Terrace Inn – Skeena Room

7:00pm-9:00pm

Sept. 26

Hazelton

 

Mountainview Church – Basement

2510 Hwy 62

7:00pm-9:00pm

Sept. 27

Smithers

 

Healthy Living Centre

1070 Main Street

7:00pm-9:00pm

Oct. 9

Vanderhoof

 

Community Integris/YMCA

186 Columbia St

7:00pm-9:00pm

Oct. 10

Burns Lake

 

Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce – Heritage Room

540 Hwy 16 W

7:00pm-9:00pm

Oct. 11

Fort St. James

 

Community Centre (upstairs)

190 Stuart Dr. E

7:00pm-9:00pm

Oct. 15

Village of Queen Charlotte

 

Eric Ross Room in QC Community Hall

 

7:00pm-9:00pm

Oct. 16

Masset

 

TBD

7:00pm-9:00pm

Oct. 17

Prince Rupert

 

Jim Ciccone Civic Centre

7:00pm-9:00pm

Oct. 29

Valemount

 

Best Western Valemount Inn- Eagles View Banquet Room

1950 Hwy 5 S

7:00pm-9:00pm

Nov. 1

Quesnel

 

TBD

7:00pm-9:00pm

Nov. 13

Prince George

 

TBD

7:00pm-9:00pm