November 8th: 6-9pm OHC Community Room /second floor
Facilitator: Tina Hennigar, tour lead and co-ordinator with Now Lunenburg County, has been trying to convince 150 entrepreneurial young people to move to Lunenburg County -.she spread the message with a coast-to-coast tour last summer in a 1960s-era Boler trailer. Come and see the documentary and find out what she learned
Tuesday Nov 21st 7-8 pm OHC Community Room /second floor
Facilitator: Gary Goodwin / NS Heath Authority
Come and find out what you need to do to be part of the Nicotine Addiction Treatment Program
Anyone willing to participate in Nicotine Addiction Treatment maybe eligible for the funding of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) products such as; NRT(Patch), NRT(Gum) or NRT(Lozenges), or cessation meds (Zyban/Champix) for up to eight weeks, unless you have a medical plan that covers these products. To receive a “Funding Letter” you must show that you have an appropriate prescription for both NRT’s and Cessation Meds from a physician or nurse practitioner! Diabetes Education: Healthy Eating 101
November 24th time tba
Facilitator: NSHA dietician; A session focusing on general healthy eating that touches on weight and label reading.
Therapeutic Services Info Session
November 27th 7-8 pm OHC Community Room /second floor
Facilitator: BriAnna Simons – registered Clinical Social worker
Come and find out what services BriAnna offers to children and families experiencing challenges
Healing the Loss Info Session
November 28th 10-11 am and 7-8 pm OHC Community Room /second floor
Facilitator: Hilary Scott; Loss and Grief coach. Come and find out what services Hilary offers to support the person dealing with loss
November 30th 7-8:30 pm OHC Community Room /second floor
Facilitator: Erna McCan
Are you sensitive to chemicals or just interested in learning how to have less chemicals in your life? You will find out how to make your own shampoo, cleaning products , etc;and you will make your own lip balm to take home!
Fountain of Health (FoF)
Tuesday December 5th 2-3:30 OHC Community Room /second floor
Facilitator: Dr Cindy Forbes
FoF is an initiative for Optimum Aging founded in 2010 by the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Dalhousie University. The Fountain of Health translates current science of healthy aging, wellbeing and resilience, and offers practical tools to improve health outcomes over the lifespan-- for use by the public and by clinicians.
Our Health Centre was built to deliver community based, collaborative health care to the residents of Chester Municipality and surrounding areas. But what does ‘collaborative health care’ really mean? We agree with the Nova Scotia Health Authority that interprofessional collaborative family practice teams within the primary care system are key. We also believe it means that the Nova Scotia Health Authority and its agents (doctors, nurse practitioners, mental health and addictions folks, diabetes educators, public health & continuing care, etc.) should view community resources as vital partners in achieving healthier communities. This goes beyond recognition, to actively and collaboratively fostering such partnerships. This means making space, however tiny, in a doctor’s day to learn about the great new recreation programs being offered, or how the family resource centre can help a young mom. This also means that we need to see everything through a social determinants lens. The social determinants of health influence the health of populations. They include income and social status; social support networks; education; employment/working conditions; social environments; physical environments; personal health practices and coping skills; healthy child development; gender; and culture.
We agree with NSHA that working with our communities and our providers as partners throughout the journey is of primary importance. We admit, though, that we have a long way to go and lots to learn but we are determined at OHC that we will be successful. To that end, we continue to work with NSHA to achieve the right balance of primary care providers within the Clinic at OHC and to delivering programs at OHC that will help support healthy lifestyles. We also recognize that there are other excellent community resources, not at OHC, that can help our community achieve better health outcomes and we will be sure to tell you about them
The OHC Foundation
The OHC Foundation has been reactivated and will be responsible for the ongoing fundraising activities of OHC. The Foundation has been in existence for several years, but was by and large inactive while the Capital Campaign successfully reached its capital goals. The Foundation is separate from the OHC Board; has its own registration, its own volunteer board of directors and auditors, as well as full charitable status. The Foundation has two goals:
a short term fund to aid any operating deficiencies which may occur in the short term; and
a long term plan to build an endowment fund which will produce investment income sufficient to ensure the long term sustainability of OHC. The long term goal will be an important initiative, as it will take several years to reach reasonable targets.
Annual fundraising programs are essential if OHC is to deliver on its motto, "healthier people--healthier communities ".
Harvest Jam: The OHC Foundation has just finished a very successful Harvest Jam fundraiser! Many thanks to all the performers and volunteers who worked hard to make it a spectacular evening!
OHC Colouring Book! AMAZING images of this beautiful region donated by local artists ……coming soon to a Pharmasave near you (available mid November). Tell your elves to be ready to stuff one of these wonderful books into someone’s stocking At $10 each these books would make a perfect gift any time of the year! …….100% of the proceeds to go to the OHC Foundation
Chase the Ace Update The OHC Foundation is looking for 2-4 people to lead the Chase the Ace fundraiser for the next campaign. Please call Don Munroe at 902-223- 1334 if you can help
OHC / MODC Parks & Recreation Department Call 902-275-3490 to register
Fitness in the Kitchen Drop in once a week as participants gather to do a series of “Fitness in the Kitchen” exercises, designed to help maintain strength, balance and flexibility. The exercises can then be done at home, on your own, through the week, before gathering again to encourage each other to stay on track.
Wednesdays, September 27 to November 29, 10-11am Free, Sponsored by Chester Pharmasave
Holiday Centrepiece Arrangement Join Myra Knight, a local flower show judge and floral design enthusiast, in creating your very own holiday centerpieces! Myra will supply the containers and all plant material needed for the session.
Thurs., Dec 7, 2-4 pm $24, pay / register by Dec 4th
Waiting Room Info Tables
OHC will have an info table set up in the waiting room 1- 5 days per month to bring you information about health-related topics
November 14-17th all day: Diabetes Education
December 12th 8:30- 10:30: Therapeutic Touch
Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Network (ATTN) The Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Network was established in June 1996 and is in its 19th year. The ATTN joins with other Canadian networks to:
promote the practice and acceptance of Therapeutic Touch®
insure standardized methods and techniques are used in the practice and instruction as co-developed by Dolores Krieger and Dora Kunz
provide an Atlantic region representation of Canadian members sharing common guidelines and goals
to serve as a resource and communications network for practitioners and instructors, as well as the public
respond to requests by individuals seeking the services of a recognized Therapeutic Touch Practitioner
Caregivers Support Group meets at OHC the third Thursday of every month; the next meeting is on November 16th, 2017
Caregivers Nova Scotia is committed to providing support and education for unpaid caregivers, raising public awareness, and influencing public policy with respect to caregiving issues.
If you know of people who would like to receive the Buzz but do not have a computer, please let them know that there will be extra copies available for pick up at the Navigators Info desk
Works of Art
The Chester Art Centre organized a Children’s Art Project, the results of which are four outstanding works of art! The 3’x5’ murals were done collectively by children from ages 8-12 in four separate locations within the Chester Municipality: Chester village, Western Shore, New Ross and Blandford/Aspotogan. This month we are featuring the panel done by children from the New Ross Area ....
Lunenburg County Community Health Board
SURVEY ABOUT HEALTH: Engagement for Community Health Planning by the Community Health Boards is NOW underway. Check out http://www.engage4health.ca/YOURhealthOURcommunity to complete the electronic survey . You can also follow the health planning process and see the results at this link
Doctors NS Blog
“If you’re trying to lead a healthy life, Halloween can be a tricky time of year.” …. click on the link below to read about 6 easy tricks to handle Halloween treats
Do you need help navigating the health care system? OHC Volunteers are happy to be of help! You do not need a doctors’ appointment to come to OHC and get assistance navigating the health care system. There is a computer available to the general pubic at the OHC Info Desk—enter from the parking lot through the main doors on your left. We have created a special website called OHC for Health https://ohcforhealth.com/ which provides links to all the services available locally and provincially under the categories LIVE for health, PLAY for health, WORK for health and LEARN for health. Drop by and let OHC volunteers help you find the information you are looking for
Osteopath / Dr Grace Crawford FLEX ROOM # 4 (second floor) TUESDAYS 9am-4pm Grace is a registered osteopath trained at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine with a background in both basic and clinical research in addition to osteopathy. She has a strong interest in treating children, especially those with special needs or learning disorders. To book an appointment call 1-902-253-2148
Health & Wellness Esthetics FLEX ROOM # 5 (second floor) MONDAY- SATURDAY (except Wednesday) Allowing yourself the opportunity to relax is one way to keep stress and anxiety levels under control. Lisa Hrabowsky is offering face, hand, & foot care. Check out all the wonderful services she offers at https://healthandwellnessesthetics.com/ Book your appointment by calling Lisa at 902-273-8637
Sleep Clinic FLEX ROOM # 4 (second floor) WEDNESDAYS LifeCare Respiratory Services Ltd. offers in-home equipment, sleep studies and support for patients who are suffering from respiratory problems, insomnia, sleep apnea etc. Call 1-800-565-5664 to book an appointment
Clinical Foot Care FLEX ROOM # 5 (second floor) WEDNESDAYS 9:30am-3:30pm Dan Cox is offering basic & advanced clinical foot care for a variety of foot related problems including bunions, calluses, corns, circulatory problems, diabetic ulcers, fallen arches, heel pain, planter’s warts etc. Book your appointment by calling Dan at 902-277-0408
Constituency Office FLEX ROOM # 6 (second floor) 4th WEDNESDAY of each month 10am-3pm This office space will be used for an apolitical service and, in fact, staff are not allowed to answer any political questions. Anne Fownes will be here to assist people who are having an issue with a government department or program such as Canada Revenue Agency, Service Canada, Immigration Canada, etc. Drop in or call 1-888-816-4446 to book an appointment
Baby Box Distribution site
STEP 1: Register on Baby Box University at www.babyboxuniversity.com as a Nova Scotia resident. Baby Box Canada provides safe-sleep Baby Boxes through a network of provincial distribution partners that comply with Health Canada's bassinet standard. Baby Boxes come with free products for baby care and development, but the primary purpose of the program is to provide a safe sleep space for all infants regardless of socioeconomic status, and, to engage as many parents as possible in the supportive community.
A BIG thank you to Danny Boutilier who volunteered to peg the cement curbs in place in the OHC parking lot. Thank you, Danny!
And to Nick Goeb our heartfelt appreciation for all his volunteer time and talent! Nick mowed the lawn weekly and helped keep the garden beds weed free and healthy, always with a smile on his face. Thank you, Nick!
NS Health Authority (NSHA) services at OHC
The Board of OHC is very grateful for their partnership with the NS Health Authority and all the NSHA staff Who are working alongside us to ensure OHC is the best it can be!
Chester Community Clinic (first floor at OHC) Three doctors and a nurse practitioner, Dr Cox, Dr Jensen, Dr Farzadfar, and Nancy MacDonald are seeing their current patients. Clinic hours are:
An information brochure about the Clinic is available from any of the receptionists
Chester Blood Clinic (first floor at OHC) Hours are:
Mental Health/Addiction Services, Public Health Services, Continuing Care Services (second floor at OHC) Below are the numbers to call to make enquiries and/or book services:
Mental Health /Addictions 902-543-5400
Public Health 902-543-0850
Continuing Care 902-527-5454 / 800-225-7225
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lisa Dickson will be at OHC twice a month to care for patients with various cosmetic, reconstructive and hand conditions. Dr. Dickson will see patients on a referral basis. This means that to be seen by Dr Dickson you must have your provider send her a referral. Dr Dickson's days in November will be November 9th & 23rd
Pediatrician (first floor at OHC) Dr Hamson is located at OHC every Tuesday. Appointments are available only through referral from a primary care provider
Diabetes Education Clinic (first floor at OHC) The Diabetic Education Clinic, based out of the Fisherman Memorial Hospital, offers a satellite clinic here twice monthly- every second and fourth Wednesday. Prospective patients can self-refer but a referral from a primary care provider is recommended. Call the number below for more information:
Each of the three hospitals on the South Shore have a dietician on staff for outpatient counselling
If you have questions for the NS Health Authority the contact info is below
1-902-527-5810 or 1-855-881-7061
For trusted, everyday health information and advice, call the Nova Scotia Health Authority`s 811 line to speak to a registered nurse 24 hour a day/ 7 day a week
VISION, MISSION and VALUES
VISION: A growing, diverse community with a population that is engaged, educated and empowered. Our Health Centre is recognized as the hub for health and wellness MISSION: To improve the health and wellness of all people living in the Municipality of Chester and surrounding areas VALUES: We believe in delivering excellent services and programs in a collaborative, accessible and inclusive manner
Our Health Centre’s strives to provide a welcoming, collaborative health care environment where community members can access primary care practitioners, get information about navigating the provincial health care system and find practical, meaningful, educational experiences aimed at improving their own health and wellbeing.
Our Health Centre Association Board members
Thelma Costello, Chair, Chester Don Munroe, Past-Chair, East Chester Janice Moreside, Vice-Chair, Chester Derek Schnare, Corporate Secretary, Chester/Tantallon Mike Dockrill, Treasurer, Chester Janet Irwin, Bayswater Joy Calkin, Chester Heather Brooker. Western Shore Geoff Plant, Chester
Press Release Jan 20, 2017
The OHC Association is pleased to announce that construction and provisioning of the centre has been completed under budget by approximately $350,000, making the final cost of the Centre approximately $4.15M.
To date, the OHC capital campaign has raised $4.3M towards its target of $4.5M.
“Hard work, dedication and attention to details have led to the raising of funds for this project and to the wise expenditure of those funds. The biggest reward for all of that is certainly seeing people walk through the doors of the centre and the many positive comments the centre has received, but being able to share this good news is a tremendous reward for the members of the association and the OHC donors and supporters,” said Don Munroe, chair of the OHC board.
Completing the building under budget is thanks to the professionalism and skill of Avondale, the general contractor, and the many trades and subcontractors involved in the project combined with the oversight and diligence of the OHC building committee and the project managers, Costello Fitt.
The OHC board on behalf of the associations’ members wishes to thank the many individual community members, families, local businesses, and governments who have recognized the benefit of this project to the municipality and have given so generously.
As the OHC project and campaign got underway, the vision was of a centre to promote health and wellness in this municipality that was funded by the community, built by the community and for the community. This goal has been achieved.
More than 50 percent of the project’s funding has come from individual donors throughout the municipality, approximately 29 percent has come from corporate donors, while less than 18 percent has come from governments.
The OHC Foundation will continue to raise funds to assist with the centre’s operations and programming.
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