Soo in toh: are you doing okay

(Carrier to English)

Welcome to the Central Interior Native Health Society Primary Health Care Clinic — A not for profit society dedicated to Aboriginal Health.

At the Central Interior Native Health Society we recognize the inequity in health status between Aboriginal Peoples and mainstream society. We serve to restore balance through a holistic approach to health care that promotes physical, spiritual, emotional and cultural harmony within all Aboriginal Peoples who reside in North Central British Columbia.

Primary Health Care means inclusive, accessible and safe health care. It also means more than just seeing a doctor. Services are offered by an interdisciplinary team which includes nurses, social workers, counsellors and support staff. The team is ready to support you to not only feel better physically but feel better in every way. We want to build on the strengths of Aboriginal Peoples.

Central Interior Native Health Society exists to serve. The core values of compassion, professionalism, honesty and mutual respect guide our actions as we work together to provide the best possible health care services to our clients.

Central Interior Native Health Society's COVID-19 Response

CINHS has been consulting with Northern Health, BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and Work Safe BC (WSBC) in seeking direction and guidance in the development of a CINHS COVID-19 safety plan. In parallel we have also been following BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Our goal is to provide health care and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by adjusting our delivery model, to ensure the wellbeing of clients and team members.      

The key points in our adjusted delivery model are as follows:

Integrated Health Centre Operations:

  • Hours of operation remain consistent
  • Front door is locked to limit number of people in clinic as per WSBC regulations
  • Pre-screening at door: questions regarding symptoms, clients are offered hand sanitizer and a mask.
  • Waiting room capacity decreased to accommodate physical distancing
  • For both Primary and Specialist healthcare, in addition to in person appointments we are now offering telehealth appointments, virtual appointments, outreach and home visits to decrease transmission of COVID-19
  • Our extended interdisciplinary team consisting of Wellness Counselling, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Elder support, Outreach and Support Workers, continue to serve clients via virtual appointments, telehealth appointments and in person appointments.
  • In centre Prenatal visits have expanded to include home visits and outreach
  • Alternating in person appointments with telephone appointments to ensure time to sanitize high contact areas
  • Implemented strategies to promote physical distancing such as retractable lines and plexi-glass
  • We continue to offer placements for Physiotherapy students, medical residents, medical students, and nursing students
  • Physiotherapy
    • June 4th returned to in person appointments with safety protocols in place
Service Delivery Changes:
  • The following programs have been paused:
    • Wellbriety
    • Group medical visits
    • Physiotherapy group programs
    • the Fluoride Clinic
    • Wellness programs