How is the health-care system supporting our overall wellbeing?
 
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How is the health-care system supporting our overall wellbeing?
Our health sector is working together to improve the health and wellness of all British Columbians. As we look forward to brighter days, read about just a few areas in health care that keep us well – from new ways of accessing care, mental wellness through supports and self-care, the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions, to planning ahead for our future health-care needs.

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Are there topics you want to learn more about from the Ministry of Health? Do you have a story about a program, project, care-provider or patient experience you‘d like to feature? Send ideas to MOHNewsletter@gov.bc.ca.

 

 

 

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How Virtual Care Is Meeting the Needs of Patients During COVID-19 and Beyond

While virtual care will never replace the need for in-person visits, having options to access care over the phone, email, video or text is an important way to provide choice in how primary and community care is offered. Read stories from patients who have benefited and are able to manage health conditions through a blend of in-person visits, online visits and phone appointments.

 

 

 

1515 Blanshard Art Gallery Artist Profiles

In our last edition we featured the art galleries of 1515 Blanshard and now we highlight the stories behind two of the artists whose works hang on the walls at the Ministry of Health. Read how art has provided a lifelong retreat for Jean Oliver, especially by providing calm during uncertain times. And how Shannon Holms created her latest project to “document the faces, names, and the voices of the pandemic.”

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Highlighting Supports Ahead of Mental Health Week

May 3 to 9, 2021 marks the 70th annual Canadian Mental Health Association's Mental Health Week. This year's theme urges us to name how we feel as a way to help us understand and process our emotions. As we celebrate Mental Health Week, learn more about tools to support mental wellness, from online guides and apps to free one-on-one counselling. 

 

 

 

Medical Radiation Technologists Help Provide the Full Story 

Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs) play a significant role in a patient's health-care journey. They perform millions of procedures each year that contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of health conditions. MRTs also provide education to help increase patients' understanding and reduce anxiety and stress around procedures or treatment.

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The Importance of Advanced Care Planning

Every spring, Canada celebrates Advanced Care Planning Day on April 16th. This day brings awareness to the importance of planning for your future health-care needs and is a reminder that planning ahead is something you can do anytime of year.  

 

 

 

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Team-Based Care Webinar and Podcast Series

Hear from primary care providers, health-care planners, patients and innovators who share experiences as the health system works together to deliver safe, high quality care throughout B.C. Team Up! Team-Based Primary and Community Care in Action is a podcast and webinar series hosted through the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council. 

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First Nations Health Authority Publishes Groundbreaking Health Research

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has edited a two-part guest edition of the International Journal of Indigenous Health. A total of 39 peer-reviewed papers were included; together these papers offer ideas and models for transforming health systems and sharing how health care can be more culturally safe. 

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Taking Action on Cultural Barriers to Living Donor Kidney Transplant

“I still can't believe science makes it possible to take out my organ and have it continue to function and thrive in my sister. It's remarkable..." Reema Garcha donated a kidney to her sister Binn Johal in 2018. Now, she is a patient partner in the ACTION study – a project to address inequities in access to living donation kidney transplant in South Asian communities in B.C.

 

 

 

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Dietitians: The Trusted Source for Healthy Eating, and So Much More

Registered dietitians work in health-care settings like hospitals, long-term care homes, community health centres and in private practice. Many more work in public health, government, education and research. Linda Boyd, a population health dietitian, and Holly Heximer, a clinical dietitian share their experiences and perspectives on the impactful role dietitians play in our health.

 

 

 

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