Honourable Mention: Primary Health Care Services in French, Pain Court

The Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) allocated funds to the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres to provide primary care services to elderly citizens in French. The funds cover the cost of one full-time French-speaking nurse practitioner who will be based in Pain Court and who will provide primary care services to senior Francophones in their homes in an effort to prevent ER visits, while  increasing their  well-being and satisfaction.

The goal of this project is to maximize the use of existing French-speaking resources through partnerships with other community health centres and primary care providers, while leveraging the Ontario Telemedicine Network to facilitate access to specialty services in French. Although the project provides funding for only one nurse practitioner, the region being  covered  is feasible, and the efficient use of the resources should significantly improve the care that Francophone seniors in Pain Court will receive, without having to worry about language barriers.

As I wrote in my post of December 18, I had the opportunity  to meet Ms. Renée Moison, the nurse practitioner in this new role. Under  her leadership, the community of Pain Court will be  well served because  she has a stong  vision and no shortage of  ideas!

The Honourable Mentions Series is a series of 15 blog posts that the Commissioner is releasing to individually highlight initiatives by government ministries and agencies that demonstrate efforts to expand the delivery of high-quality French-language services, as listed in his 2012-2013 Annual Report. The full list of honourable mentions and the relevant blog posts are available here.

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Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres

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