#MyIslandHealth Stories

This Thanksgiving, let’s thank health-care workers

Island Health launches website encouraging people to leave messages of appreciation.

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World Rabies Day 2021: Facts, not fear

September 28 marks the 15th World Rabies Day, a global day of action and awareness dedicated to rabies prevention. This year’s theme focuses on facts about rabies – so in that spirit, Island Health offers FAQs below to shed light on some commonly asked questions.  

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Island Health employee helps secure funding windfall for clean water project in Zambia

Imagine asking for something of great importance, hoping for the best, and then discovering that you will receive nearly 115 times more than you originally requested. That is exactly what happened to Island Health employee Brianna Swan when she submitted a grant proposal for a clean water project in southern Africa.

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Cancer Awareness and the Legacy of Terry Fox

September is awareness month for blood cancer, childhood cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. With one in two Canadians expected to battle some form of cancer in their lifetime, the need for cancer research continues to this day. 

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Community health care is essential, even during a pandemic

Island Health provides community health services to over 20,000 clients annually to help people across the region live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Each day 8,000 clients living in communities across Island Health receive home care visits.

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Grieving brother urges people to get vaccinated after sister dies from COVID-19

Cory Ronningen’s sister, Kelly, a 44 year old single mother from Duncan, BC, died August 30 from complications of COVID-19. Cory says Kelly expressed a lack of trust in the COVID-19 vaccines and was influenced by conspiracy theories and misinformation.

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Changing the conversation: pilot projects focus on improving emergency department care for people who use opioids

A better experience for people who use opioids and their care providers is the goal of two pilot projects underway at emergency departments in Campbell River and Victoria.

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Reflecting on a Lifetime of Humanitarian Work

Dr. Steve Beerman, a Nanaimo family physician who retired last March from Anchor Family Medicine after 34 years of family practice, reflects on his career, the volunteer work he is still passionate about, and the joy that has come from 40 years of volunteering.

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Taking action towards Reconciliation at Island Health

Leah Collins, Board Chair, discusses taking action towards reconciliation at Island Health with the delivery of an Indigenous specific action plan and with the removal of the name Begbie from a building at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

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Cowichan Valley Virtual COVID Ward provides care and support to COVID-19 patients

For the last several months, Dr. Kelsey Kozoriz has expanded the Cowichan District Hospital (CDH) Respiratory Assessment Clinic to provide virtual and in-person care to those who do not have a primary care provider.

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