NON-INSURED HEALTH BENEFITS (NIHB)
The function of the NIHB Navigator at WTCI is to help First Nation communities in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island better understand and access the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program which provides a range of medically necessary health-related goods and services not otherwise covered through private insurance plans or provincial/territorial health and social programs: i.e., prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication, medical supplies and equipment, mental health counseling, dental care, vision care, and medical transportation.
All NIHB Navigation services are intended to reduce barriers to accessing benefits for First Nation clients. Through education and training, the NIHB Navigator will assist First Nation clients with accessing adequate Healthcare services. In an advocacy role, the NIHB Navigator will act as a liaison between community members and Healthcare Providers to ensure quality, timely and accessible services/benefits.
Over the course of the next few months, the NIHB Navigator will be working diligently to create strong relationships with the First Nation communities of New Brunswick and PEI in order to establish an effective, working relationship.
WTCI’s Emergency Management Coordinator will enhance member communities’ abilities to respond to emergency events and crisis response which impacts the health and infrastructure of individual communities. This includes but not limited to natural hazards, severe weather events, threat risk and vulnerability assessments as well as community risk assessments, psychosocial responsiveness and first responder training. Specific outcomes are as follows:
• Maintained, up to date, and practised all EPPs.
• Listing of all partners in EPP for each member community.
• List of stakeholders for every section of member communities EPP work plan.
• Detailed meeting reports (agenda’s minutes).
• Plans/progress reports for EPP plan development/updating.
• Community contact list that describes how to reach community EPP staff (including health staff) in case of an emergency.
• Summary of outstanding issues related to EPP in each community for emergencies/outbreaks.
• Assessment/evaluation of community preparedness in emergency scenarios.
• Needs assessment of community in terms of readiness of response capability.
• Federal and Provincial agreements concerning roles and responsibilities in crisis events.
• Agreements of understanding between government crisis response departments/organizations and member First Nations.
• Training for emergency preparedness.
I look forward working with our communities!
Don Stenger, EMC for WTCI.
REPORTS & ASSESSMENTS
Wolastoqey Emergency Alert Management System sign-up
What is the issue?
Currently, most communities rely on social media platforms to send information to community members which works but relies on all or most being online at that time. Sentinel allows authorized people (Chief and EM Coordinators) the option to send alert messages over landlines, email, cell phone, or usually preferred text messages depending on the severity of the alert.
Why is this an issue?
The Chiefs currently do not have the ability to pass along information to the community residents instantly and rely on community members passing or sharing information. There is also the threat of messages being misread or misinterpreted by others who are trying to pass on good information.