Primary Health Care

Our Primary Health Care team provide services to on reserve community members through community based health centres and to the urban aboriginal population residing in Sault Ste. Marie through the Indian Friendship Centre.

The entire population in the catchment area is approximately 12,000. Our team is a group of interprofessional health service providers “working together” with our eight First Nation/Partner Sites’ local health staff to promote a Circle of Care focusing on: illness prevention/screening, disease management, pre/post natal health assessments, immunizations, women and men’s wellness services, and primary health care discussions to provide our clients with the support need to live Mino Biimaadizwin, the good life.

Your Primary Health Care Team

Nurse Practitioner(s) or RN (Extended Class)

What is a Nurse Practitioner? Nurse Practitioners are registered nurse with advanced university education providing personalized, quality health care to meet the multiple facets of care individuals, families, and communities request and need. These nurses work with you by providing resources and tools to manage/treat your personal health circumstances. They have the ability to work with individual(s) to achieve their personal wellness goals by listening and understanding the stories and medical experiences shared during each encounter. The scope of practice for Nurse Practitioners follows the College of Nurses of Ontario Practice Standards and are regulated by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA ) and Nursing Act, 1991.

Physician / Doctor(s)

Physicians are unique to provide primary health care to clients and their families within our care model emphasized on health promotion and client education. Doctors make their patients’ needs the first priority through a collaboration and consultation practice within the clients’ circle of care. The strength of this model of care places the focus on the clients being supported by a team of competent and compassionate service providers. The scope of practice for our Physicians stems from the uniqueness of their clinical and life experiences and can be found in The Practice Guide: Medical Professionalism and College Policies.

Medical Support Service Clerk(s)

At the First Nations / Partner Site, Medical Support Service Clerks assist our primary health care teams to deliver quality health care to our clients and their families. This member of the team is a key player due to these individuals being the link between our inter-professional team, external specialist, and internal/external primary health care providers. It is through this link, the clerks build relationships with our clients ensuring their personal health care is experienced in a scheduled, explained, understood and consistent matter. The expectations of the Medical Support Services Clerks are set out in The Medical Clerk Quick Reference Manual focusing on Health Records, Office Procedures, and Clinical Support.

Other Health Care Providers On Our Team

Our Primary Health Care service delivery model is unique because we work to serve our clients’ medical needs through a shared-care model with other health care professionals, who may have access to your medical record in order to provide quality care. Within our referral process, our clients have access to following health care professionals:

  • Nurse Practitioner Specialist – Diabetes, Diabetes Nurse Educators and Dietitians
  • Mental Health and Addiction providers
  • Nurse Practitioner Specialist – Geriatric Care, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Hospitals Discharge Planning Nurse/Systems Navigators and access to a loan cupboard with assisted living devices.
  • FASD Diagnosis Clinicians at Health Sciences North through our FASD Coordinator
  • Tribal Doctors and Traditional Healer through our Traditional Health and Healing Coordinator.

Services We Offer

Our team is mandated to provide culturally competent primary care to those who face barriers to access. Above our team’s scopes of practices, all of our Nurse Practitioners are trained in the Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health (TEACH) certificate ensuring our health care providers have a specialized knowledge set to help individuals manage their lives while participating in a smoking lifestyle. These providers provide smoking cessation counselling to clients and education supporting the client’s personal health goals.

Another specialized training enhancement the majority of our practitioners hold is to be a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). This certificate allows our team to work with the First Nations/ Partner Sites clients, who struggles with this chronic disease, to activate and empower our clients to live well with diabetes. This certificate is monitored by standards constructed by the Canadian Diabetes Association.

For more information, contact:

Roger A. Boyer II
Primary Health Care Manager
N’Mninoeyaa Aboriginal Health Access Centre
473B Hwy 17 West
Cutler, ON
P0P 1B0

(705) 844.2021 ext. 320