UBC receives $750K

January 26, 2021
The UBC faculty of medicine has received a $750,000 grant from the 2020 TD Ready Challenge to launch a new initiative in collaboration with First Nations partners that will deploy drone technology to fly necessary health care supplies into rural and remote communities of British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many First Nations communities in B.C. are on lockdown to reduce transmission of COVID-19, which has exacerbated inequitable access to health care supplies and services, ranging from personal protective equipment and medications to laboratory services such as COVID-19 testing and diagnostics for other medical conditions.

“Based on the isolated location of our community and the needs of our residents, drone transport may enhance our access to COVID-19 testing and medication without traveling and endangering other members of our community,” says Chief Robert Michell of the Stellat’en First Nation, located about 100 kilometres west of Prince George. “The futuristic potential of this initiative is exciting. With drone technology, there is so much you can do.”

To read more, click on: https://www.med.ubc.ca/news/ubc-receives-750k-td-ready-challenge-grant-to-deliver-health-care-supplies-by-drone-to-remote-b-c/


Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce

Naomi Larsen, Executive Director
5121 47th Avenue   Chetwynd BC
Phone/Text: 250-788-3345

manager@chetwyndchamber.ca        www.chetwyndchamber.ca        www.lovechetwynd.com

A message from the BC Chamber
We know there has never been a more difficult time for businesses, as we all navigate the new reality that has been imposed on us due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Take some comfort in the fact that you are a member of BC’s biggest and broadest business organization, and our chamber network is working overtime to advocate on your behalf to ensure BC businesses like yours move through this crisis and toward recovery.
We wanted to share a special message with you.
Thank you for continuing to partner with us.
Here’s to your safety, health and prosperity as we weather this storm together.

#WeAreAllInThisTogether #SupportChetwynd

Cortes Island

Cortes Community Health Association

The Cortes Community Health Association (CCHA) is a Charitable organization

that is governed by a Board of volunteer Directors elected by the membership.

The CCHA owns and operates the Cortes Health Centre as well as providing a    

variety of community programs

Jenny Hartwick – Administrative Assistant admin@corteshealth.com
website: http://www.corteshealth.com

Submitted – The Cortes Community Health Association was incorporated in 1993, with the long term goal of providing consistent medical coverage to the residents of Cortes Island. Operating as a not-for-profit organization, it is run by a volunteer board of directors made up of local community members. In 2005, after extensive fundraising, the Cortes community came together to open the Cortes Community health Centre, a medical Centre designed and built entirely through local efforts. The Health Centre building was designed to house a physician, laboratory, dispensing pharmacy, two examination rooms, and a treatment room for office procedures and emergency use. The Centre is also used on a regular basis by provincial mental health and public health services offered through the Vancouver Island Health Authority. With a brand new building, Cortes was able to attract a full time doctor, as well as two VIHA nurses. The centre is currently being operated by a Physicians group, 5 doctors who work together to ensure full time medical coverage is available to the community throughout the year. An additional 8 staff members provide support as MOAs, cleaning staff and administrators.


New Group Practice
The CCHA is pleased to announce that Cortes now has one of the first Joint Practice Groups for rural areas in BC. Under this new arrangement, a group of doctors jointly sign an annual contract to deliver General Practice health services at our clinic.

The CCHA funds and operates a   wide variety of community programs.  Programs for Youth and Families   can be found on the Cortes Family Website cortesfamily.ca

Newsletter May 2020

Youth Mental Health

The Youth Mental Health Program, formerly called the Children’s Mental Health Program, is an exciting initiative delivered in elementary schools by Lindsay Goulet, Community Development Manager and Presenter.

The Program has been developed in consultation with Sue MacTavish, former Youth & Family Counselor, École George Jay Elementary and currently working as the Family Outreach Coordinator at the Quadra Village Community Centre. Our children’s program is offered by the reputable Stigma-Free Society ONLY in Victoria, BC at this time.

Program Summary

The program encourages youth to strive for optimal mental wellness and empowers them to learn the tools they need to stay mentally well. Participants will also develop accepting and understanding attitudes towards themselves and others through this program. 

By exploring the connections between physical health, mental health, emotional wellness and social well-being, our program aims to help children understand the importance of balance in daily life.

Why Host a Children’s Mental Health Presentation?

When youth are equipped to understand their own needs, they become increasingly confident when faced with an issue. They are also able to reach out for help when they need it most. 

By focusing on prevention through education and awareness, we can develop a more supportive community in schools. Mental health and well-being is for everyone, and through this program, youth acquire the skills to maintain positive mental wellness.


January 2021

A sample of the articles in this Newsletter
– How BC Can Fix Primary Health Care, With or Without Corporations (Tyee)
– Why are we letting corporate medicine take hold in Vancouver’s new Urgent
Care Centres?
– Make Public Transit BC Wide
– How Do Social Determinants of Health Affect Patient Wellness?
– Discrimination in Health Care

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