Community Engagement Hub Program – HUB

Cathy Speth is currently employed by Nlaka’pamux Services Society and FNHA as a Community Engagement HUB Coordinator.

Community engagement HUBs are a result of the Transformative Changes Accord: First Nations Health Plan signed in 2005 by the First Nations Leadership Council, the Province of BC and the Federal Government.  The purpose of this agreement is to bring the health standards of BC First Nations up to that of other British Columbians.

A 10 year First Nations Tripartite Health Plan was then developed which enables First Nations Communities to take ownership of their community health planning and programming.  In order to implement the 10 year plan HUBs were set up throughout the province to carry out the Tripartite Health Plan and to ensure communities are fully engaged in the process.

Our objective is to communicate, collaborate and plan

Meaning that we are to:

  • Increase awareness on current health issues
  • Improve communication between communities, FN Leadership, health services and other stakeholders
  • Improve the linkages with the Health Authorities
  • Improve access to services
  • Provide a mechanism for communities to work together
  • Do community consultation which will identify health priorities, health service gaps, training needs and assist in revising the existing health plan developed by the Services Society

This year we have established or are working towards the following:

  • Youth Engagement – discussing health priorities of youth
  • Elders Engagement – discussing health priorities of elders
  • Traditional Medicine Workshops– One full round completed and another one starting in October 2012
  • Community Strategy – develop an effective way to communicate with community members, leadership, health staff and health authorities
  • Create a web-site (this one) and promotional material
  • Mental Health Plan – building on the one we already have
  • Asset Planning – what we have in place and what’s missing
  • Support health team members – in workshops, information sessions and other events where FNHA information can be shared
  • Meetings with health stakeholder – in the Fraser and Interior region



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