Health and Social Services
The Health & Social Services Department was newly formed in Spring 2020, through the implementation of The CMM’s strategic plan. The support and services of the Health unit were previously captured under Community Programs & Corporate Services. Continued investment in health, including the expansion of Jordan’s Principle Child First Initiative and further investment in Mental Wellness, saw the need for a standalone department. This new department continued with the Health unit’s previous programs and services under the direction of a newly hired Senior Director in August 2020. This shift allowed for more dedicated oversight and demonstrated The CMM’s commitment to Health as a pillar in service excellence.
The mandate of the Health & Social Services department is to provide services and support to children, families, adults and Elders and communities which promote health & wellness using culture as a foundation. The CMM Health & Social Services act as a resource for its communities in supporting training, knowledge sharing, advocacy efforts and service delivery. The department represents the collective health interests at various regional and local tables to advocate for continued investment in health services for the CMM communities.
Along with direction received from The CMM’s governing body (Board of Directors), The Health & Social Services department are also guided by The CMM communities’ Health Directors who comprise the CMM Health Board/Committee. The purpose of The CMM Health Board/Committee is to provide a means for resource and information-sharing and two-way communications, identify and support member-community identified advocacy and guidance and to enable collective analysis and a united voice in support of the improved health status of First Nations individuals, families and communities.
A wide range of partnerships have been developed to support and inform the work of the Health & Social Services department. These partnerships are sometimes issue, program, project and funding-dependant and thus may change over time. A strong contributor to this is the work done at the Atlantic First Nation Chiefs’ Health Partnership level. In 2016, a health priorities renewal process occurred with feedback from Community, Health Directors, Health Staff and Chiefs. This resulted in the following health priorities:
- Mental Health and Addictions
- Chronic Disease
Staff work in various programs areas which include:
- Jordan’s Principle Child First Initiative
- Mental Wellness
- Health Advisory supports
- Resolution Health Support
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
- National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS)
- First Nations Hospital Liaison (located in Halifax Regional Municipality) and
- Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI).
For more information regarding The CMM’s Health and Social Services Department please view our staff listing for contact information.