Community Health Teams make a difference for people from all walks of life

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 4:34pm

Many of the thousands of people served so far by Capital Health’s two Community Health teams say their lives have been changed for the better.

This includes Premier Darrell Dexter who says he's down two suit sizes thanks to one of the nutrition programs. Several media outlets including News 95.7 and Global TV reported the story recently.

The teams deliver free behaviour-based wellness programming and navigation services in multiple community locations.

The Chebucto Community Health Team offers services to people living in Halifax Mainland and the Dartmouth Community Health Team serves citizens across the harbour.

They help individuals prevent and manage risk factors associated with chronic conditions. Two-thirds of the population in the Capital Health district has one or more chronic conditions according to a 2009/10 community survey. In that same survey, people said they were unable to access programs that could help them because of cost, wait times for specialists, limited access to community-based programming and a general lack of awareness. The need for free, relevant programming and services was clear for all citizens.

This model boasts several new design elements and can be considered the first of its kind in Canada, based on an extensive literature scan.

The teams recently won a Capital Health Quality Award for their work. Several of the following members can be seen in the photo below: Jacklynn Humphrey, Caroline Martin, Monique Yazbek, Sarah Manley, Andrew Bilz, Judy Greathead, Tina McPhee, Karla Moore, Tamara Scheme, Jackie Spiers, Shannon Ryan Carson, Lynn Edwards, Rick Gibson, Angela Ghiz, Graeme Kohler, Lynn Lowe, Christine Tompkins and Tara Sampalli.

Caroline Carr is the Team Lead at the Chebucto Community Health Team, and Lisa Sutherland / Heather Beaton is Team Lead with the Dartmouth Community Health Team.

The Community Health Teams are part of Primary Health Care at Capital Health, in partnership with the IWK Health Centre, Primary Care and community Partners. 

Primary Health Care, Capital Health,  supports citizens and their communities to start well, live well, and finish well; implementing community-based models of health and wellness are the right thing to do from a citizen/patient and sustainable system perspective.