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Island Health grant program fuels transformative wellness initiative at Ucluelet Secondary School

Ucluelet Secondary School (USS) is championing student mental health through its new initiative, Wellness Wednesdays. Supported by a $50,000 resilience and safety grant from Island Health, the school is introducing a range of engaging activities designed to enhance students' well-being.

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Reflections from the frontline on the 8th anniversary of the toxic drug crisis

In the eight years since the toxic drug crisis was declared a public health emergency in B.C. on April 14, 2016), 2,428 sons, daughters, parents, grandparents, loved ones, neighbours and friends have been lost in the Island Health region (as of January 2024).

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Visiting physicians support patients and staff at West Coast General Hospital

Dr. Jocelyn Black, an emergency department (ED) physician, and Dr. Nanamma Maughn, a family physician, are friends and colleagues who live and work in Haida Gwaii. Both have supported West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) in recent months by providing locum physician services in the ED.

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Grant gives Indigenous youth a fighting chance through boxing

In April 2023, Richardson’s Red Girl Rising Movement Society was one of 29 recipients of a portion of a total $1.1 million through the first Island Health Resilience and Safety grants aimed at helping improve mental well-being, build youth resistance and mitigate harms associated with the toxic drug supply.

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Resilience and safety grant recipients

Vancouver Island communities are set to benefit from nearly $1 million in resilience and safety grants, aimed at empowering youth, supporting healthy workforces and promoting better health and well-being across the region.

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SPARK Nanaimo: Looking at the Toxic Drug Crisis through a Different Lens

The SPARK program aims to bring together a diverse set of participants to identify health-care challenges and develop potential solutions.

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Code Hack 2024: Cutting-edge Collaboration to Improve Care

A passion to prevent blindness among at-risk and marginalized groups turned out to be doubly successful at Island Health’s Code Hack 2024 event – and in doing so highlighted the value of innovation in health care.

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Young Adult Mental Health Unit established at Royal Jubilee Hospital

A new Young Adult Mental Health Unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital is providing specialized and age-appropriate care for young adults experiencing acute mental health challenges.

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Temporary relocation of main entrance to West Coast General Hospital

People attending West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) should be aware of the temporary relocation of the main entrance to the hospital.

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New services and expanded hours at Island Health’s Comox Valley After Hours Urgent Care Clinic

People in the Comox Valley and surrounding regions will benefit from additional care providers, newly added services and expanded hours at Island Health’s Comox Valley After Hours Urgent Care Clinic.

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