THEMES

A. COOPERATION AND COORDINATION

Challenges:

Little integration of VIHA funded health care services with each other and with the primary health care system on Gabriola Island

most services based in Nanaimo how will we know when there are enough people on Gabriola requiring specific services for them to be delivered on Gabriola

Current lack of formal coordination amongst various community groups on Gabriola Island in terms of preventative and primary health care

Opportunities:

Many community organizations on Gabriola contribute to preventative health care on the island

Expressed interest by many community organizations to increase coordination between themselves and with the health care system

VIHA service areas attended public session and indicated commitment to increased integration of their services with Gabriola primary health care system as per their mandate

Solutions require actions and commitment from groups other than GHCS re: affordable housing, assisted housing, transportation, food security all key to preventative health

Suggested Solutions:

Database clearing house for what services exist on Gabriola - awareness

Coalition/Council of community organizations share info, identify and implement places for coordination and integration

Funded coordinator for coalition vision and coordination

More on-island services i.e. home support, mental health & addictions etc.

Regular (twice/month) provision of chronic mgmt education, mental health support and other VIHA community & hospital based initiatives on Gabriola

Integrated primary health care services two options

o centralized location for all services,

o centralized location for emergency response plus some services other services dispersed throughout island with integrated communication.

All health care providers and practitioners traditional and non-traditional coordinated


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