Making a difference in health care in 2021
 
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Making a difference in health care in 2021
In our work together, we can overcome challenging times and continue to make a difference in the year ahead. In this refreshed edition of our newsletter and first of the new year, we highlight stories of support, collaboration and kindness throughout our health-care system.

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Health-Care Providers 'Leveling Up' for COVID-19 Response

A collaboration between the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training and the B.C. Institute of Technology resulted in the rapid development of a self-directed online program that allows health-care professionals to “level up” their knowledge in case of hospital acute overflow from COVID-19.

 

 

 

Gabriola Island's Influenza Immunization Campaign Sees Major Success

Like communities across B.C., Gabriola Island has a significant influenza immunization push every year. The COVID-19 pandemic presented new challenges this year. With a higher demand for immunizations than in past years and the need to keep everyone safe from exposure to COVID-19, the Gabriola Medical Clinic came up with a solution where patients would not even have to leave the comfort and safety of their car. 
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B.C.'s Four Nursing Designations

The field of nursing is made up of a diverse group of clinicians, educators, policy makers, administrators, researchers, managers, innovators and health-care leaders. While there are differences in scope and focus within the nursing profession, the core values of providing safe, compassionate, competent and ethical care remains the same throughout the nursing profession.

 

 

 

Warming Hearts and Brightening Walls 

The Gallery Five Art Group has been curating art shows at the Ministry of Health’s main office building for over 10 years. Read how the group is growing connection in the community and how they are spreading positivity in the face of challenging times. The ‘Be Kind. Be Calm. Be Safe” art show dedicated to Dr. Bonnie Henry displays artwork made by citizens expressing their appreciation for all the work she and her staff have been doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Helping those with chronic pain, disease and mental health or substance use challenges in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Newly hired health-care professionals at the Ridge Meadows Wellness and Urgent and Primary Care Centre are helping people take steps towards fuller, healthier lives. Read one patient‘s story about healing from chronic pain with the help of the centre's new physiotherapist and her family doctor.

 

 

 

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Public information on COVID-19 immunization

B.C. is working with federal, provincial, and health authority partners to plan the COVID-19 immunization program. Visit the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website for more information. 
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BC Care Bundle

new infographic has been developed to assist primary care providers in supporting high-risk patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and influenza season. A joint effort by the Ministry of Health and BC Centre for Disease Control – with input from specialists and family practice leaders – this resource provides recommendations around immunization uptake, creating care plans, and optimizing chronic disease management.

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UBC-Providence Health Care scientists join forces with WestJet and YVR for COVID-19 Testing Study

The University of British Columbia and Providence researchers are working on a rapid testing program which will make flights safer for passengers and help understand if and how asymptomatic passengers contribute to the spread of COVID-19.
Image: Researchers from Providence/UBC collect study samples in a testing pod located at YVR. (Courtesy Vancouver Airport Authority)

 

 

 

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New app connects paramedics to interpreters serving deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing

Face coverings worn during the pandemic can be challenging for patients to read lips and facial expressions. Now, B.C. patients who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing can use a video app to communicate to paramedics – a new tool developed by the BC Emergency Health Services, Provincial Language Services and Office of Virtual Health.

 

 

 

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Music makes a difference

“The music therapy keeps my mom stimulated and it triggers wonderful memories and brings such joy...” Read how music therapy in Summerland is supporting people living in long-term care, their families, and their health-care teams.

 

 

 

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COVID-19 virtual and digital health tools transform care delivery in B.C.

The Provincial Health Services Authority and health leaders in B.C. have developed new online tools and additional resources to support health-care providers, patients and the overall provincial health system throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  

 

 

 

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