SBHF's network of 70 Community Health workers helps provide a solid link between the hospital and the communities we serve. Working closely with Community Health Nurses and doctors based at St. Boniface, the Community Health Workers ensure that their neighbors have access to medical care when they need it.
The Community Health team is critical to SBHF's hub-and-spoke model of healthcare, bringing care to the most remote communities in the Fond-des-Blancs region, and creating strong bonds between those communities and the hospital.
Our 70 Community Health workers are each part of the communities they serve, many having grown up and lived there their entire lives. That means that when a local resident is sick, the Community Health worker is often the first person they turn to for advice and help. CHWs can provide basic care, and communicate with the hospital to decide when a patient might need more intensive treatment.
The hospital-based Community Health team is made up of experienced nurses and doctors who go out into the surrounding communities every day to conduct vaccination clinics, check-ups and nutrition screenings for children, and provide basic primary and preventative care. They also work with the Maternal & Neonatal Health Center staff to vaccinate every baby born at St. Boniface, and start them on the path to good health for life.
By being a regular part of the everyday lives of our neighbors, the Community Health team is improving health and wellness for the entire region.
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