The Kitselas Health Department works with many partners and organizations to provide a continuum of care for the people of the Kitselas community. Guided by a strong vision for health, the department works to foster good physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Setting strategic priorities and long-term planning is the responsibility of the Health Coordinator, who is also responsible for the hiring, supervision of staff and capacity development of the following health programs:
Kitselas Head Start Preschool Program
This program offers children, aged 2 ½ to 5 years of age, living on-reserve opportunities to utilize their intellectual and creative abilities. The program is offered throughout the school year (September through June) and works with the following components: culture and language; health promotion; education; nutrition; family involvement; and strengthening social support. Kitselas Head Start employs one licensed Early Childhood Educator, and a Responsible Adult who supports the Educator in program activities and outings, and holds a Class 2 drivers license to drive the school bus. The Head Start philosophy focuses on the children and doing what is best for them.
Home Care Program
The Band’s Home Care Worker supports Elders and other people living in their homes who require additional support with home care (laundry, house cleaning, cooking, etc.) and personal care (bathing, foot care, bandage and dressing changes, etc.). Community members of all ages requiring medical care and assistance in their home can contact the Home Care Nurse to be seen. The Nurse can help monitor health for those living with illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, a heart condition or other chronic illness.
Community Health Programs
The Community Health Nurse is responsible for health education and working with other health care providers in Terrace to give the Kitselas community information on how to stay healthy and avoid getting sick. The Community Health Nurse also does vaccines for infants and people of all ages to ensure communicable diseases like measles, chicken pox, hepatitis B and seasonal flu do not develop. Pregnant women and mothers with young children can come in to check on pregnancy and how well baby is progressing before and after being born. They can also attend the weekly Pre-natal Group that meets to discuss health and wellness. Elders and diabetics meet weekly for the Walking Group where they receive health information, a healthy meal and have a chance to connect with the Community Health Nurse.
The Community Health Representative (CHR) works with the Community Health Nurse to make connections and referrals to other health programs, both on-reserve and in town. Transportation to and from town for medical appointments is the responsibility of each community member. In emergency situations, it is possible to request a taxi authorization. To do this, contact the Community Health Nurse or the Health Coordinator. Have your name, birth date and Status number ready to give them.
Mothers Prenatal Group runs every Wednesday from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at the Gitaus Admin Building.
Elders Diabetic Group runs every Thursday from11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Satellite Health Station on Kulspai Cres. Lunch and check-ins provided.
Kitselas Youth Program
This program operates primarily out of the Youth Centre where kids can hang out play a game of pool, lift weights or just chat. The Youth Coordinator schedules a workshop night every month where a specific health topic is discussed. Other fun activities go on regularly, including youth fund raisers, movie nights, special events and guest speakers.
Counseling Services - Offered at the Gitaus Administration Building
Wednesdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with Jonathan Whonnack
Thursdays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm with Kathy Wesley
Staff Hours of Operation:
Jennifer Howard- Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Personal Care Aide:
Community Health Nurse:
Jada Seymour - Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 4:00PM
Contact the Health Department by phoning 250-635-5084