Category for all Health Posts

APN Program info
Solomon Semigak(L) and Katie Dicker (R)

Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program

The Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN) Program offers support and assistance to Aboriginal patients/clients who are referred to St. John’s, NL for medical treatment. The APN Program provides a link between Aboriginal communities and Eastern Health care providers.

Services and Supports

  • Navigation to appointments.
  • Arranging interpretative services for Innu-Aimun and Inuktitut languages.
  • Assistance to access meals, transportation, accommodations, medical supplies and discharge planning.
  • Liaising with internal and external agencies.
  • Education and information sharing.

 (Located in Women’s Health Centre, across from Tim Horton’s on the Yellow Brick Road, Main Patient Entrance, Health Science Centre)

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00pm

Katie Dicker                                                        

Senior Aboriginal Patient Navigator

Health Science Center Rm. 2J514                

Office: (709) 777- 2199/Fax:777-2210

Pager:  (709) 758-9117

Solomon Semigak

Aboriginal Patient Navigator

Health Sciences Center Rm. 2J514

Office:  (709) 777-2110/Fax:777-2210

Pager:  (709) 758-1714

A person holding a Red Apple with engraved heart

Improving Health: My Way

Are you looking to improve your health?

Qalipu First Nation has partnered with Western Health to provide you with the opportunity to improve your health and join in cultural sharing, smudging, talking circles, and more!

Program Details:

Improving Health: My Way is a fun and interactive program that teaches easy-to-use skills to help improve your overall health and wellbeing. This FREE program has helped many people to better manage their own wellness and live healthier lives. It can help you too!

Join a group session with two trained leaders for 2½ hours a week for six weeks. The goal of the workshop is to help you take control of your health. Anyone with a health concern or condition is welcome, and you may bring a family member or friend.

Location: Qalipu First Nation Community Room

Majestic Premises, 1 Church Street Corner Brook
February 6th – March 12th, 2018
7:00pm-9:30pm (Tuesday evenings)
Everyone is welcome!

*Registration required
To register please call (709)-637-5000 ext. 6689 or email
Qalipu IHMW Invite Winter 2018_Page_2

A person holding a Red Apple with engraved heart

Improving Health: My Way

Qalipu First Nation is looking for members to become trained leaders for the Improving Health: My Way program. Our goal is to have trained members to help with a new pilot of the Improving Health: My Way program this coming fall. The pilot aims to take a more cultural approach than the standard program offers.

The Improving Health: My Way program is a chronic disease self-management program that is offered in each region of the province. Research confirms that self-management programs, such as this one, are making a real difference in the lives of people living with chronic health conditions by empowering individuals with skills and tools to better manage their conditions.

To become an Improving Health: My Way leader you are required to participate in a FREE 4-day leader training offered by Western Health and will become a registered volunteer with the organization. Once you complete the training, you will be qualified to facilitate the Improving Health My Way program to any referred clients or to any closed groups who are interested. Workshops will be arranged around your schedule and will not interfere with work time.

The next leader training is coming up soon: November 14 – 17 2017

If you are interested in becoming a leader, please contact Alison Dower, Regional CDPM Manager at (709) 637-5000 extension 6698 or email

A person holding a Red Apple with engraved heart

Mental Health & Addictions Focus Group

Part of Western Health’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan is to improve health outcomes by enhancing mental health promotion and addictions prevention. As a result, Mental Health & Addiction Services is hosting a Focus Group in Corner Brook and are seeking individuals (or family members) from the Western Region with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions. Participants will help inform the development and implementation of mental health and addiction actions to support this strategic issue. Individuals participating in the focus group will be asked to discuss how their lived experience could shape and support Western Health’s action plan.

The Focus Group will be held on October 23, 2017 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. To register, email or call 634-4171. The deadline for registration is October 13, 2017.

Teleconference and/or videoconference services will be available to participants who live outside the Corner Brook area.

Focus Group Poster

Poster - YourVoiceMatters

Patient Advisory Council

To improve our healthcare system, NL SUPPORT is seeking 4 young adults ages 19 to 30 to sit on their Patient Advisory Council. This Council consists of a group of people from across the province that help NL SUPPORT make informed decisions about healthcare research. No work or volunteer experience is necessary. This is a great opportunity for any indigenous young adults to get their voices heard and help make a change to the healthcare system.

The Patient Advisory Council meets four times a year, and all accommodation and travel costs are covered if you do not live in St. John’s. Orientation for new Council members will be Thursday November 2nd, 2017, and the next Council meeting will be Friday November 3rd, 2017.  For more details about the Council, what to expect, and what will be expected of you click the following link:

If you are interested in joining the Patient Advisory Council please contact Eva Vat at 709-864-6654 or before the deadline: October 6th, 2017.

A person holding a Red Apple with engraved heart

Assessment of Health Promotion Needs and Cultural and Traditional Practices of Qalipu First Nation Members

Members Wanted as Participants for a Research Study

During the 60 years that passed before the recognition of Qalipu First Nation in 2011, our people experienced a loss from their cultural and traditional practices. Being an off-reserve landless Band makes us unique from other First Nations and, according to what some may say, may be responsible for a grassroots disconnection.

Research indicates that culture impacts individual and community health, as it influences interaction with the health care system and engagement in health programs and services (National Aboriginal Health Organization, 2008). In both the Federation of Newfoundland Indians Health Needs Assessment (2010) and Qalipu First Nation’s Healing Waters Study (2015), members indicated that culture was important to them in terms of overall health, and they identified a need for more culturally appropriate health initiatives.

To further investigate these findings, Qalipu First Nation’s Health Division is conducting a research study that will assess our members’ needs for health promotion initiatives, and help us gain a better understanding of their cultural and traditional practices with respect to health.

Survey participants will be asked to answer questions about what their needs are for health promotion initiatives, as well as what aspects of Mi’kmaq culture and traditions are most significant to them. Survey data will be collected through on-line, paper format, or through face-to-face or telephone interviews. Paper format surveys will be mailed out to members at their request. Face-to-face and telephone interviews will be conducted by a researcher. The on-line and paper format surveys will take 10-30 minutes to complete; face-to-face and telephone interviews may take up to 90 minutes.

To participate in this study, participants must be a registered member of Qalipu First Nation and be at least 18 years of age. They must be able to communicate in the English language.

Participants who complete the survey may benefit by participating in this survey by feeling that their opinions and desires regarding health promotion initiatives have been heard. Subsequently, they may be more inclined to engage in health promotion initiatives due to QFN integrating an approach in health promotion activities that are suited towards Mi’kmaq cultural and traditional practices. It is also possible that the benefits of this study may result in improved health outcomes of Qalipu First Nation members.

To learn more about or participate in this research study, please contact Jenna Osmond, Manager of Health, Qalipu First Nation.

 Jenna Osmond, Manager of Health Services, Qalipu First Nation
Telephone: (709) 634-5041

Health 565

Kids Safety Event

In honour of Safe Kids Week 2016-Preventing Injuries At Home, At Play and On the Road, Qalipu First Nation will partner with Western Health (Corner Brook and Bay of Islands Primary Health Care Team) and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Corner Brook division, to offer a safety event for our children and their caregivers.  The event will include interactive activities geared toward learning more about injury prevention, such as bicycle/helmet safety, playground safety, and safe practices at home.  The event will take place this coming Thursday, June 16, 6:00-8:00 PM at the Majestic Park in Corner Brook.  Light refreshments will be served.

Renée Dyer, Manager of the Qalipu Health Services division references a startling fact provided by Parachute, the organization responsible for initiating Safe Kids Week.  She said, “Many Canadians are surprised to learn that preventable injuries kill more children every year than any other disease.  Worst of all, a child dies every nine hours due to a preventable injury.  We hope that this event will make a small contribution toward improving awareness of preventable injuries.”

In the event of rain, the event will go ahead in the Qalipu Community Room, 1 Church St. (upper level).

For more information, please contact Renée Dyer at 634-5041 or email

Colemans Poster

Healthy Eating at “Seal Fest” this Weekend!

Fresh food harvested from the land and sea close to home are among the best choices we can make for a healthy diet and a healthy life.  Seal, for example, has healthy fats that our bodies need.  Health Canada – Nutrition Recommendations for Canadians says “Omega-3 polyunsaturated known as one of the “good” fats, found in seal products, are essential nutrients for maintaining good health, normal growth and development”

It’s also worth noting that although there’s a lot of negative hype, especially among some celebrities, Seal hunting and processing is sustainable industry in Newfoundland and Labrador so, you can feel good about this food choice.

Seal Fest, hosted by Coleman’s in Mount Pearl, Stephenville and the Gardens in Corner Brook, will feature talented local chef’s teaching people creative ways to prepare seal.  I encourage all of you to come out and learn more about this healthy, natural food.  See you there!

-Renée Dyer, Manager of Health Services

Addiction way out problem sign. Prevention and cure addiction problem concept.

Dealing with Addictions

Drug and alcohol addictions affect more than the addicted person; relationships, families and communities all feel the impact of what are often harmful and dangerous addictive behaviors.

Part of the role of the Qalipu Health Services division is to help bring awareness to the programs and services that are available to indigenous communities, and to help individuals receive the care that they need.

If you or someone you know is battling an addiction, you may want to consider exploring Health Canada’s National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP).

The NNADAP community-based programming includes:

  • Prevention
  • Health promotion
  • Early detection and intervention
  • Referral
  • Aftercare
  • Follow-up services

Please click here for more information on NNADAP.

The services available through NNADAP are integrated with a national network of addiction treatment centres which provide culturally relevant in-patient and outpatient programming.To find out more about these treatment centres, click here.

NNADAP can be covered under the NIHB program. If you or someone you known is battling an addiction contact Howard Thistle, Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation’s NIHB Navigator, at 1-855-675-5743 or 1-709-679-5743 to find out more about NNADAP.