BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute
Aboriginal Community and Health Development
The impact of residential school and long-term effects on Aboriginal communities motivated the development of the ACHD program. Consultation with Aboriginal elders, youth, leaders, and community members revealed that Aboriginal community health is more than addressing physical medical needs and requires a community-based approach to health care. Capacity building, community development, implementing healing and long-term supports and education were seen as health needs. In the development of the ACHD program three specific elements were incorporated; community development, human services, and health care practices. The program provides students with skills to address Aboriginal community health issues utilizing a multifaceted approach to community and health development. The "three elements of community health care" is the foundation in which students become qualified and effective Community Health Coordinators. Progam Description: The goals and objectives of ACHD are in keeping with NVIT's mandate, to provide quality Aboriginal Education and support services appropriate to student success and community development. The Aboriginal Community and Health Development Diploma program aims to formally educate individuals to provide community and health development services to Aboriginal communities. Graduates from the program will be qualified Aboriginal Community Health Coordinators prepared to serve in Aboriginal communities in the following capacities:
  • Implement personal mangement practices with individuals, families, and communities;
  • Plan, develop, and evaluate prevention and treatment programs, including budgets, scope of services, contract requirements, evaluation methods, and reporting methods with Aboriginal community service providers;
  • Build community capacity by conducting research and assisting communities to develop human and/or social systems of community health care;
  • Develop and coordinate public health education programs designed to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life;
  • Establish and maintain liaison between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal service providers;
  • Conduct surveys, develop and prepare reports and documents that speak to the promotion of health and wellness in Aboriginal communities;
  • Carry out case management activities with individuals and families who present a multiple health problem;
  • Evaluate clients for necessary services and refer them to appropriate community resources;
  • Collaborate with community health and social services organizations to collect and disseminate community health care information;
  • Administer community health programs and projects;
  • Employ, recognize and address ethical standards as an integral aspect of professional practice.
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