Did you know that Prairie Mountain Health has two My Health Teams (MyHT) in the region, and one of them serves patients and clients in the Swan River Valley?
The Swan Valley MyHT commenced in 2017, following the footsteps of the region’s other successful multi-disciplinary team in Brandon, which was established in 2015.
Each My Health Team (MyHT) is uniquely developed to meet the community’s needs and is constantly evolving as needs are identified in the community. Each team is governed by a Steering Committee that is comprised of MyHT leaders and providers, including physicians, who meet regularly to consider the needs of the community and determine which providers are best suited to meet those needs. The goals of the My Health Team are:
- improve access and timeliness of primary care services;
- provide more seamless transitions of care between providers;
- enhance collaboration, information and resource sharing between providers and community organizations; and
- encourage the use of appropriate allied health services.
In short, the MyHT goal is to get patients to the right provider at the right time, the first time. The team initially included a Primary Care Outreach Nurse, Mental Health Shared Care Counselor, Primary Health Care Provider Assistant, Community Pharmacist, and an Administrative Assistant. Since then, the team has expanded to include a Community Social Worker, Community Addictions Peer Support Facilitator (CAPSF) and Chronic Disease Management Nurse (LPN). We are excited to welcome a new team member, a Nurse Practitioner, who will be providing direct primary care services in three days per week.
This team of professionals are located primarily within the Swan Valley Primary Care Centre (SVPCC) and provide outreach to serve clients in their homes, community settings, and remote locations such as Sapotaweyak and Wuskwi Siphik First Nations. All providers accept self-referrals from individuals in the community and any other health-care provider.
“Working with the My Health Team has been great as it has increased services provided within the community which strongly benefits the people living here,” said Sevanna Delaronde, Nurse in Charge, Sapotaweyak Cree Nation Health Authority.
“Transportation into Swan River is an ongoing barrier to health care so the My Health Team improves accessibility by providing care right in the community,” Delaronde added.
Other services provided by the MyHT include the Primary Care Outreach Clinic, which involves Physicians, our PCOC nurse and CAPSF. This clinic offers Opioid Agonist Therapy, harm reduction education and supplies and coordination of treatments for Hepatitis C, HIV and Sexual Transmitted and Blood Borne Infections to vulnerable populations.
The MyHT is constantly looking for ways to meet the community’s needs and has recently formed partnerships with community organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Meet off Main. These collaborations assist in making our services more accessible and more approachable to at-risk and marginalized populations.
Rene Dietz-Hart is a Community Addictions Peer Support Facilitator at Swan Valley MyHT. She supports and advocates for clients who may be struggling with navigating the health care system and their own health care.
“I make referrals to other health care providers such as the My Health Team Providers, Community Mental Health Workers, Community Public Health Nurse and Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, to name a few,” Dietz-Hart said.
“I also assist with applications for Withdrawal Support Services or detox centers, addictions treatment centres, Secured Certificate of Indian Status, Rental Applications and arranging transportation. I encourage clients to continue with Primary Care at any stage of their journey, whether they are actively using substances or in a stage of recovery. I support anyone of any age struggling with addictions to have an encouraging support person through all stages of their journey.”
Tammy Rolla is a Mental Health Worker as part of MyHT.
“I provide brief treatment/counselling, including confidential therapeutic support to patients experiencing depression, anxiety, situational crisis or difficulty coping with multiple life stressors,” Rolla said.
Another important team component is the Primary Care Pharmacist —a role filled by Brittany Schroeder.
“My professional goal is to provide patient centered care for best medication management. I work not only with the primary care provider, but with the patient to ensure medication management aligns with patients’ goal of care while maximizing cost-effectiveness,” Schroeder stated.
The Swan Valley My Health Team also features a Community Social Worker who
Provides support to patients to effectively navigate and connect to various programs and services including health and government i.e. Employment Income and Assistance, Canada Pension, Housing, Child and Family Services etc.
The Community Social Worker also assists with enhancing life skills, problem solving, stress management, grief, abuse, domestic violence, parenting, job search, budgeting, communication and more.
For more information about the Swan Valley My Health Team, or if you wish to inquire about a self-referral, please get in touch with the Swan Valley Primary Care Centre at 204-734-6600.
The Swan Valley My Health Team (l-r) Tammy Rolla, Community Mental Health Worker; Brittany Schroeder, Community Pharmacist; Andrea Keller, Community Health Nurse; Lee-Anne Campbell, Primary Care Outreach Nurse; Charlotte Sauder, Community Social Worker; Rene Dietz-Hart, Community Addictions Peer Support Facilitator.