Health Stories this Summer
 
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Health Stories this Summer
As summer winds down, we share a variety of stories from B.C.'s health sector. Read the first in a three-part series about B.C.'s PharmaCare program; supports to provide culturally-safe care for Indigenous patients; a farmers' market program that promotes healthy eating and local food growth; and profiles of artists showcased in the Ministry of Health's art show. If there are topics you'd like to learn more about from the ministry or you have a program, project, care-provider or patient experience you'd like to feature, send ideas to MOHNewsletter@gov.bc.ca

Acknowledging the Impact of Residential Schools

Recent confirmations of unmarked graves of Indigenous children have impacted us all in different ways. The Ministry of Health must acknowledge the impact on Indigenous peoples including First Nations, Inuit and Métis throughout Canada. We extend our condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and survivors of the residential school system. Read more.

 

 

 

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B.C. PharmaCare – How the Different Plans Help All People in B.C

Edison, a retiree, asks his pharmacist to dispense his heart medication in 20-milligram pills. He cuts each pill in half for his twice-daily 10-milligram dose. People cutting pills, skipping doses or not filling prescriptions because they can't afford their medication can put patients, like Edison, at risk. Read more stories to learn how B.C. PharmaCare helps people day-to-day.

 

 

 

First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day Brings Culturally-Safe Care to First Nations Peoples Across B.C.

First Nations people and their family members who do not have regular access to a family doctor or nurse practitioner now have more convenient and culturally safe options to support their everyday health-care needs. Read how this service is helping patients like Bobby, who says, “it made me feel really safe, [I could] call from my house to talk about my issues, share and express without feeling judged as well.”

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Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Program Connects B.C. Families to Fresh Food (and So Much More)

“It's market day!” has become a catch phrase in Melany‘s house given her family's routine of attending their local farmers' market. Read how the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program helps B.C. families, like Melany's, eat healthy food and how it strengthens food security throughout the province. 

 

 

 

1515 Blanshard Art Gallery Artist Profiles 

In our last edition we featured two artists whose works hang on the walls at the Ministry of Health and for this edition we continue that feature – this time focusing on a branch administrator who uses acrylics to create a unique approach to art and an ophthalmologist who works with watercolours to emphasize the beauty of the natural world.

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Wildfires and Your Health

Smoke from wildfires can affect your health in many ways, and everybody responds differently. If you have underlying health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, or diabetes, use extra caution if it is smoky in your area. Pregnant women, children, and seniors are also at increased risk. Use the Air Quality and Health Index map to find current and forecasted air quality information. This tool informs you of the level of health risk of outdoor air quality and sends you alerts when air quality declines. 

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Self-Care - Being Kind to Yourself Every Day

Self-care empowers individuals to manage their own health. Education, risk avoidance, mental wellbeing and lifestyle choices are some of the pillars of self-care. Self-care activities such as going for a nature walk, meditating, growing your own veggie garden or listening to music can help you stay healthier for longer. International Self-Care Day is recognized every summer – a reminder that self-care is something you can practice daily. Follow Healthy BC on Facebook for information to help maintain your health and wellness. 

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Opioid Agonist Treatment Offers Hope for Opioid Addiction

Thirty-year-old Brittany is loving life these days. She has a job she loves as a peer services worker in Interior Health's Opioid Agonist Treatment program. She has a new puppy, a cozy home and recently got engaged. Most importantly, the Kelowna resident has control of the opioid addiction that previously cost her everything. 

 

 

 

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A 'Guardian Angel': How a Contact Tracing Assistant Saved a Life

When Nake Bhupal called a COVID-19 positive case for assessment, his gut told him something was wrong. "All I could hear was deep breathing and panting," Nake recalled. "I asked the client if she was in distress and vaguely heard her say 'I can't breathe.'" Nake's quick response to the situation helped save her life.

 

 

 

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Don't Be the Last to Know: A Message to Women About Stroke

According to the Heart & Stroke 2018 Heart Report, one-third more women die of stroke than men. Andrea Civitarese, a physiotherapist in St. Paul's Hospital's acute medicine unit where stroke patients receive care, experienced the variability of stroke cases first-hand when she treated a woman who was in her late 20s.

 

 

 

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