Bridging the gap between indigenous peoples, health services and supports.
The APN program provides services to First Nations, Metis and Inuit individuals and families in the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand-Norfolk and Brant region.
- Culturally appropriate resources for health care providers & individuals from hospital and to home
- Linkages and liaison between the health care system & community services/support (e.g. acute care, residential treatment, mental health, addictions etc.)
- Assistance on a patient’s journey to health and healing through traditional healing, traditional practitioners, medicines and cultural practices as well as assistance with western models of care that can be foreign and complex
- Collaboration with service providers about the needs of aboriginal people based on a number of factors including intergenerational trauma and the legacies of colonization
- Service care navigation across the health care system
- Identifying and addressing challenges and barriers to health care needs
- Assistance and collaboration with discharge plans
- Referrals and linkages to community services
- Connection to traditional healing programs and services
- Enabling open lines of communication between individuals and health care providers
- Supporting individuals and family members to understand and participate in their plan of care