The Health Bus: A mobile primary health centre
Canada is a big country. And while our health care system is one of the best in the world, we are faced with changing demographics and finite resources that make sustainability a significant challenge. And there is no one size fits all solution. MD Ambulance, part of Medavie Health Services in Saskatoon, wanted to take health care to the people who need it most. Partnering with the Saskatoon Health Region and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, the Health Bus takes primary health care around the city and into small communities, staffed with a collaborative team of nurse practitioners and paramedics.
It’s an approach that’s unique and has a huge human impact. It’s bringing health care to First Nations communities, immigrant populations, and other people who may not have access to primary, often preventative care. From pregnancy tests and immunizations to health education and prescriptions, it is truly helping people from becoming patients.
Dartmouth North: Cultivating change with healthy food skills
Living well isn’t just a function of the health care system. Healthy living can be a community effort, and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is coming together to do just that. The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre, a Medavie Health Foundation grant recipient in 2016, opened its doors just 18 months ago. Today, its programs and community volunteers are supporting healthy food choices and reducing food insecurity for thousands of people. Not only that, it’s created a safe space for a community to come together, and work together, towards a healthier future for all.
Partnering for Success
Being a trusted partner of federal and provincial governments is key to who we are and what we do. For decades both Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services have been leading foundational programs that support the broader health care system, from administering government sponsored health programs to operating province-wide ambulance services. But long relationships do not mean we’re stuck in the past.
We’re using new technology to establish a modern foundation for management of increasingly complex and evolving health care interactions. That means we can help our partners better direct care and find efficiencies within today’s practices to help continue building a health care system that’s better for everyone.