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Welcome - Gilakas'la
Where ideas are formed and work happens!
MWHN committees are formed through our strategic planning sessions. As a network, we spend each year supporting projects that are formed at the committee level. In meeting and collaboration, we focus on the strengths of our network partners, and use the insight of those partners to identify priority action items and impact change.
Our primary focus is in advocating for enhanced or modified programs and services, influencing public policy, and collaborating on grass-roots initiatives that will benefit all area residents.
The goal of Wellness First Committee is to work to reduce the instances of harm to people impacted by health inequities, addictions, housing insecurity, violence, and access to transportation services.
The goal of the Senior's and Elders Better Living Advisory Committee (SEBLAC) is to connect seniors to community and care.
Healthy and happy aging, and reasonable access to care is the right of every Canadian Senior and Elder.
The goal of the Child & Youth Committee is to sit as-needed, and work with service providers, government agencies, educators, parents and all people in all communities, indigenous and non-indigenous, to improve the environment of children and youth in the Mount Waddington Region.
It is our vision to see healthy youth and children growing into healthy adults.
The goal of the Food Security Committee is to support community partnerships and communication to maximize the efforts of organizations working towards food security in. This committee is currently under the umbrella of the Mount Waddington Community Food Initiative.
Food Security - def:
"Safe, affordable access to healthy nutritious food."
Our Health Services Committee is formed of agencies, community leaders and
organizations working in the region. The goal is to look at the collective experience of clients and community and understand what is working and what needs improvement. This committee takes a systems-based approach and does not focus on singular patient advocacy.
Individuals who wish to provide feedback on the medical system, we refer them to the Patient Care Quality Office.
Our Approach to
“Healthy People, Healthy Communities.”
Our partners in community, social services and health care collaborate to use our collective knowledge to advocate for programs and policy changes that will improve the health status of Mount Waddington area residents, and reduce or eliminate health inequities for all people.
We value inclusion, diversity, fairness,
collaboration, time, and transparency.
In gathering, we strive to provide a positive, universally respectful, culturally safe environment.
About Network Partners
The MWHN has key committees that focus on our strategic goals.
The committees are comprised of local government representatives, First Nations, non-profit organizations, service clubs, and engaged community members. The committee
members collaborate to develop and implement strategies and gain access to resources to better meet public and community health needs.
Ideas that require resources are passed through the MWHN Table of Partners and executive, who have links to health organizations and networking structures examine ways to help make new initiatives work.
For more information about our structure and how to participate, please contact our coordinator.
MWHN and the Key Determinants of Health
There is a growing body of evidence about what makes people healthy. Acute medical and health care services are being increasingly seen as being limited in supporting overall health. Thus, spending more on health care will not result in significant further improvements in population health. There are also strong and growing indications that other factors which influence population health are more important that acute medical care. They are income and social status, social support networks, education, employment and working conditions, social environments, physical environments, personal health practices and coping skills, healthy child development, biology and genetic endowment, culture, health services, and gender.
Each of these factors is important in its own right, and at the same time, the factors are interrelated. For example, a low weight at birth links with problems not just during childhood, but also in adulthood, and research shows a strong relationship between income level of the mother and the baby's birth weight. Mothers at each step up the income scale have babies with higher birth weights, on average, than those on the step below. This tells us the problems are not just a result of poor maternal nutrition and poor health practices associated with poverty. It may be concluded that factors such as coping skills and a sense of control and mastery over life circumstances also come into play.
The following links lead to the Health Canada Website where you can find more information on the key determinants of health.