Health & Homelessness Dialogues

September 24, 2020, 10:30 – 11:50 AM

HSABC is inviting representatives from each health authority to present projects and initiatives that highlight promising practices around building partnerships between health and homelessness serving sectors.
Building on research demonstrating that increased communication and collaboration between healthcare and shelter/housing providers leads to improved health and housing outcomes for persons experiencing homelessness, these sessions will explore intersectoral approaches to care that address complex care needs and social determinants of health for those experiencing homelessness in the region.
Presentations will be followed by a facilitated dialogue session that explores opportunities to enhance communication, knowledge sharing, and trust-building between healthcare and shelter/housing providers.


Health & Homelessness Dialogue: The First Nations Health Authority 

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is the first province wide health authority of its kind in Canada. In 2013, the FNHA assumed the programs, services, and responsibilities formerly handled by Health Canada's First Nations Inuit Health Branch - Pacific Region. The FNHA is part of a unique health governance structure that includes political representation and advocacy through the First Nations Health Council, and technical support and capacity development through the First Nations Health Directors Association. Collectively, this First Nations health governing structure works in partnership with First Nations in British Columbia to improve the health and well-being of First Nations and Aboriginal people living in the province.
This presentation will provide a general overview of who we are and what we do with a special focus on how we support the urban and away-from-home First Nations population living in BC.

Presenter: Wayne Wallace 

Wayne is Wolastoqiyik of the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation in New Brunswick and since May 2017, as part of the Interchange Canada program, has worked with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) as an Executive Advisor. Since joining the FNHA, Wayne has been leading work in support of the Urban and Away-from-Home population including the development of a Framework. Prior to joining the FNHA, he spent over 17 years working in many different roles with what is now the department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. Wayne holds a Bachelor of Education from the Université de Moncton and a Law Degree (cum laude) from the University of Ottawa.


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