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Overview:

In 2016, Fraser Health committed $500,000 annually to improving the overall health and well-being of residents of Hope and the communities of the Fraser Canyon. A portion of that funding has been allocated to a grant program: annually $25,000 is available for a one-time Macro Health grant, and $50,000 is available for one-time Micro Health grants of up to $10,000.
The objectives are to improve health and well-being, promote community inclusion and involvement, create greater awareness around health promotion and education, and improve and increase partnerships. The grants aim to assist projects that improve physical activity, healthy eating, promote social inclusion and positive mental health and reduce smoking and/or substance use.

Hope Health and Well-being Initiative

In 2016 we continued to advocate that Hope is isolated relatively, impoverished relatively, aging relatively with complex health conditions and so, we had a conversation with, at the time, the CEO who came out for a coffee once in the community and so, we expressed a series of these things, at the same time, the health data for the community had come out, which affirmed all these things. So, Health Authority said, hey, we want to give you a significant amount of money on a yearly basis to help support these issues, right? And so we got $500,000 a year to the entire community including people like X that’s where the money for [Healthy Living Coordinator]’s position came from. So, through the spring of 2017, we had a series of engagement events for the entire community, health care providers, public, youth at one of the high schools, our indigenous population, and the Hope Healthy Tables community and said, where would you like to spend $500,000 on services and so 5 things came to the top; mental health, health service coordination, volunteerism, transportation for patients back and forth, and youth work, right? So, they funded 5 positions across the region, all local organizations who could sustain somebody to facilitate those things and so, our local Hope and Area Transition Society, which has an outreach worker, hired 2 more outreach workers to do youth outreach and mental health outreach alongside the mental health through the Fraser Health, the, um, the free reign, the local nonprofit to become the volunteerism and has got a data base in volunteer activities, and then we said we will take health services coordinator, it makes sense and so, I was involved in the steering committee, which asked for the money, I was involved in the steering committee to then make sure we applied for the money, and then I sit on this committee that oversees the money and so we were able to do that, because of some creativity and ingenuity and capitalizing on money that was available based on our population, our demographics, and our geography.

How Did This Innovation Help?

The initiative improved the relationships and collaborations between all community partners such as Fraser Health, Divisions, municipality, First Nations Band, community organizations, physicians. It allowed those on the grassroots to collaboratively identify their communities health priorities and work on addressing them together. Successful outcomes include:

  • Created coordinator roles for healthy living, youth, volunteer and community connection programs
  • 413 youth were connected to mental health, food, literacy, substance abuse programs
  • 122 new volunteers in 24 organizations
  • 299 adults connected to mental health services
  • 29 Micro Health Grants awarded
  • 19 Visiting Specialists, 6858 patient visits = $379,340 saved in travel
  • 2578 Volunteer Driver Hours

How Did this Information Help?

How Did This Innovation Help?

The initiative improved the relationships and collaborations between all community partners such as Fraser Health, Divisions, municipality, First Nations Band, community organizations, physicians. It allowed those on the grassroots to collaboratively identify their communities health priorities and work on addressing them together. Successful outcomes include:

  • Created coordinator roles for healthy living, youth, volunteer and community connection programs
  • 413 youth were connected to mental health, food, literacy, substance abuse programs
  • 122 new volunteers in 24 organizations
  • 299 adults connected to mental health services
  • 29 Micro Health Grants awarded
  • 19 Visiting Specialists, 6858 patient visits = $379,340 saved in travel
  • 2578 Volunteer Driver Hours

 

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