HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES
Access to health and social services is fundamental to the well-being of individuals and communities; all English-speaking Gaspesians have the right to health and social services in the language of their choice.
Many different initiatives are carried out each year to ensure English-speakers have access to services in English:
Improving access to services for English-speaking families of 0 to 5 year olds
CASA is working with the CSSS Baie-des-Chaleurs and community groups to enable English-speaking families with 0-5 year olds to find the support they need. Five pre-natal sessions have already been offered by a nurse and a social worker, giving information about breast-feeding, nutrition and other relevant topics. A post-natal course will begin in the September 2010.
The objective of the project is to increase access to services in English for families with children aged 0-5. The pre-natal and post-natal courses will offer support and advice to English-speaking expectant mothers and families with young children.
The project is funded by the Centre de Santé et de Services Sociaux Baie-des-Chaleurs. CASA will pay participants for travel costs and baby equipment for the pre-natal classes.
Promoting Access to Extra-Regional Services
An informative brochure has been developed outlining what individuals must do to obtain English services at Rimouski Hospital and Hôtellerie Omer Brazeau. This brochure is available in doctor’s offices, health institutions and the CASA office.
CHEP - Community Health Education Program
In partnership with the Community Health and Social Services Network, this program continues to grow and provide an important service to English-speaking communities throughout the province. Community members have access to timely information on health topics, offered by English-speaking health professionals.
For more information on this province-wide program, click here.
The Health and Social Services Networking and Partnership Initiative is an ongoing project which allows CASA to work with the CSSS Rocher-Percé to improve access to health care in English.
McGill Retention & Recruitment
This ongoing project aims to recruit English-speaking health students and interns to become permanently established in the region.
CASA represents the community at the local, regional and provincial levels in regards to access to health and social services in English. CASA volunteers and staff sit on several boards and committees to ensure that key decision-makers are well-informed and aware of the needs of the community and to influence change at the program development and policy level.
English documentation on various health and social topics is readily available to the community. Simply contact the CASA office with your request.