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Public Health

Public Health staff provide support to individuals, families and communities to promote and protect health and prevent disease and illness across the Prairie Mountain Health region.

 

For all public classes, workshops and clinics click here.

                         

 

 

 

  • Healthy Babies
  • Healthy Families
  • Healthy Teens
  • Healthy Seniors
  • Healthy Sexuality
  • Healthy Communities

Healthy Babies

  • Prenatal EducationPrenatal web

Prenatal sessions are offered in various communities throughout the region. Classes cover labour and delivery, breastfeeding, postpartum changes, and parenting. Prenatal sessions vary in length. Please contact your local Public Health Office to register for prenatal classes in your area.  In some parts of the region, prenatal classes are available in Spanish and Mandarin.

Baby’s Best Chance-A Parents Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care (BC Health)

  • Midwifery Services

For information about Midwife services in Prairie Mountain Health, click here.

  • Postpartum Support

Public Health Nurses throughout Prairie Mountain Health provide support, assessment and education to new families through telephone contact and/or home visits after leaving the hospital.  The nurse provides support and information to new mothers and families on maternal and infant care, breastfeeding, infant feeding, attachment, parenting and family adjustment.

For more information, please contact your local Public Health Office.

 

  • Child Health Clinics

Public Health Nurses provide education and counselling regarding child care, nutrition, safety, breastfeeding, parenting and community resources. Immunization is offered according to the Manitoba childhood immunization schedule.  Immunization is offered according to Manitoba’s Routine Immunization Schedule for Infant’s and Pre-school Children. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact your local Public Health Office.

Immunization Information

Routine Immunization Schedule for Infants and Pre-School Children (MB Health)

Nutrition and Feeding Information

Feeding Your Breastfed Baby, 6 Months - 1 Year (MB Health)

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Feeding Your Baby, 6 Months - 1Year (MB Health) 

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  • Breastfeeding SupportBreastFeeding web

Public Health staff promote and support breastfeeding families. Many Public Health staff have specialized training related to breastfeeding. 

Health Canada recommends infants receive only breastmilk until 6 months of age, and that breastfeeding with appropriate complimentary foods continues up to two years of age and beyond.

Breastfeeding is healthy, free, natural, and convenient. Breastmilk contains antibodies that lower the chance of your baby getting sick.

Contact your local Public Health Office for a Public Health Nurse.

For more information on breastfeeding your baby, please see the following resources:

Breastfeeding Monthly: April 2016 Breastfeeding and Baby's Teeth

Getting Help with Breastfeeding (MB Health)

Breastfeeding - Your Baby's First Food (MB Health)

Breastfeeding - Baby Friendly Manitoba Strategy (MB Health)

10 Great Reasons to Breastfeed Your Baby (Public Health Agency of Canada)

 

  • Healthy Baby Program

Motherbabyaboriginal webThe Healthy Baby Program supports pregnant women and parents with babies up to one year of age through the Healthy Baby Prenatal Benefit and Community Support Programs. 

Healthy Baby Prenatal Benefit

Families may be eligible to receive a monthly cheque to assist with the purchase of healthy foods throughout pregnancy. 

Community Support Programs

Healthy Baby groups are offered in many communities throughout Prairie Mountain Health.  They provide support and information sessions for pregnant women and families with children less than one year of age.  Childminding for older children may be available.  Healthy Baby community support programs also offer a healthy snack and milk coupons (up to 16 litres) for prenatal women and postnatal families with babies up to six months of age. 

Please visit Healthy Child Manitoba for more information on sessions near you and/or an application for the Prenatal benefit. 

For more information, please contact your local Public Health Office.

                           

  • Families First

Families First focuses on building strong family relationships, enhancing parenting skills, fostering healthy growth and development, and connecting families to resources. The Families First program offers information to the prenatal and preschool population on parenting, growth and development, early child development, attachment, health, safety and nutrition. Some families are offered a home visiting program where ongoing contact and support can occur for up to 3 years in the home. This service is available for families with children prenatal to 5 years of age.

 

Learn More:  Healthy Child Manitoba - Families First

Please contact your local Public Health Office for more information about services and resources for your family.

  • Parent Child Coalition Program Partnerships

Parent Child Coalitions are funded by Healthy Child Manitoba. Coalitions bring together individuals and organizations that have a vested interest in healthy families and optimal child development and are interested in working with parents, caregivers and service providers to support families and their children.

Coalitions support existing programs and activities within communities and initiate new activities that reflect each community’s diversity and unique needs.

Coalitions offer parent-child programs for families with children 0-5 years old, which focus on learning and literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and parenting.

Learn More online:

Government of Manitoba - Parent Child Coalitions.

Manitoba Parent Child Coalitions

Learn About Coalitions in or close to Your Community:

                                  Assiniboine North Coalition (Hamiota)    Phone:  204-764-2412 ext.220
                                  Parkland Healthy Child Coalition    Phone:  204-638-6256
                                  Better Beginnings North Parkland Parent Child Coalition   Phone:  204-734-4531
                                  Years Parent Child Coalition (Assiniboine South)   Phone:  204-534-2494 ext.240
                                  Brandon Healthy Families Team    Phone:  204-729-3132

 

  • InSight Mentoring Program

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InSight is an “outreach” program where mentors provide intensive support to pregnant women and new mothers who use substances. This is a voluntary program for women who are not well connected to community support services.

The InSight program focuses on personalized, caring support over a long period of time to help make gradual, enduring changes. Each woman is assigned a mentor who works intensively on a one-to-one basis with her and her family for up to three years. Mentors support women to build on their strengths and maintain healthier lifestyles in a supportive, non-judgmental way using trauma-informed, harm-reduction practices. Mentors are responsive to the individual woman’s needs, supporting them to identify personal goals, access health care for themselves and their family, connect with community services, address housing, domestic violence, child custody issues and access alcohol/drug treatment.

How InSight has helped women

“My mentor never gave up on me even when I gave up on myself.”

“My mentor let me pick my own goals, what was important to me, and she helped me make them come true.”

“Everyone should have a mentor. They’re helpful and they don’t judge us. It’s nice to know that someone is there to support you when you need it.”

  • Where is it available?

Within Prairie Mountain Health the InSight Mentoring Program is available within 60 km of Dauphin.

Contact: InSight Mentoring Program Coordinator Phone: 204-638-3054

Healthy Families

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  • Preschool Wellness

Growth and development assessments are offered by Public Health Nurses. Please contact your local Public Health Office to schedule an appointment.

  • School Health

Public Health Nurses promote health and prevent injury and illness through provision of communicable disease follow-up and immunization services.

 

  • Immunization

This program manages the delivery of immunizations throughout the life span based on Manitoba Health’s Routine Immunization Schedule.  It coordinates the delivery of flu clinics and works with other programs in the event that mass immunization clinics are required.

Call your Public Health Office to inquire regarding flu clinics and other immunization clinics including immunizations for pre-school children.

Recommended Immunization Schedule for Infants and Pre-School Children (MB Health)

  • Triple P - The Positive Parenting ProgramFathersonAsian web

Many Public Health Staff are trained Triple P practitioners. The Positive Parenting Program uses a helpful, practical approach to raising children that focuses on the positive. Triple P uses strong, nurturing relationships, good communication and positive attention to help children. Trained practitioners can provide support to families with regards to their child’s behaviour and encourage positive parenting.

Contact your local Public Health Office nurse to discuss positive parenting skills and arrange for a one to one discussion.

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  • Primary Care

                              For information about Primary Health Care Services in Prairie Mountain Health click here.

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  • Teen Clinics

Teen Clinics are offered in some high schools throughout Prairie Mountain Health. The teen clinic provides education, counseling to teens in a confidential environment about any health issue of their concern. Call your local Public Health Office to inquire about teen clinic availability in your area or visit the website’s below:

Teen Clinics in our region:  Brandon   

Teen Clinics in Manitoba: www.teenclinic.ca/

Teen Talk Website: www.teentalk.ca

  • Reproductive Health/Healthy Sexuality

Services offered within the Reproductive Health program include access to reproductive health choices, education related to healthy sexuality, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, and access to sexual health clinics.

Reproductive Health services are offered to teens who cannot afford to buy birth control.

Call your local Public Health Office to inquire if you are eligible for the program free of cost and free counseling related to healthy sexuality

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Sexuality and U Website

  • Transgender Health  

The Trans Health Clinic provides inclusive care in an environment that is respectful of clients’ identity and self-expression. It supports the specific health needs of the transgender population.

For information or to book an appointment, please call 204-578-2513 to speak to a Public Health Nurse.

  • Immunization

Immunizations (vaccines) help protect individuals against serious diseases and are very safe. Public Health Nurses immunize youth in clinics and schools.  This program coordinates the delivery of immunizations throughout the life span based on Manitoba Health’s Routine Immunization Schedule.

Call your local Public Health Office to inquire regarding your immunization needs.

Recommended School Immunization Schedule (MB Health)

Healthy Seniors

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This program manages the delivery of immunizations throughout the life span based on Manitoba Health’s Recommended Routine Immunization Schedule.

It coordinates the delivery of flu clinics and works with other programs in the event that mass immunization clinics are required.

Call your local Public Health Office to inquire about flu clinics and other immunization clinics in your area.

Get the shot, not the flu!

  • Healthy Sexuality

MiddleAgedCouplePublic Health supports clients by sharing information about healthy sexuality and reproductive health choices. A Public Health Nurse can provide education and support to prevent, test for and treat Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s). Condoms are provided at all Public Health Offices and are easily accessible.

Call your local Public Health Office for more information.

SERC Manitoba Website

Sexuality and U Website:

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  • Reproductive Health

The Reproductive Health Program supports clients by sharing information about healthy sexuality and reproductive health choices. A Public Health Nurse can provide education and support to prevent, test for and treat Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s). A nurse can also assist clients to access sexual health clinics where available. 

The Reproductive Health Program provides free hormonal contraception to eligible women. Condoms are provided at all Public Health Offices and are easily accessible.

Call your local Public Health Office to inquire if you are eligible for the program free of cost and free counseling related to healthy sexuality.

SERC Manitoba Website

Sexuality and U Website

 

  • Transgender Health 

The Trans Health Clinic provides inclusive care in an environment that is respectful of clients’ identity and self-expression. It supports the specific health needs of the transgender population.

For information or to book an appointment, please call 204-578-2513 to speak to a Public Health Nurse.

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  • Travel health clinic

The Prairie Mountain Health Travel Health Clinic is located in the Brandon Town Centre. A Travel Health Nurse will provide consultation, education and immunization tailored to your travel destination. It is recommended that you see the Travel Health Nurse 6-8 weeks before departure.

Call 204-578-2521 to make an appointment.

More Information

  • Communicable Disease Follow Up

Communicable diseases are a group of illnesses that can spread and make you very sick. You can acquire these diseases from food, water, animals and sometimes other people. 

The communicable disease program in Prairie Mountain Health provides education as well as appropriate follow-up of these illnesses.

MB Health Communicable Disease Control

 

  • Environment Health Services

In coordination with the Health Protection Unit (Manitoba Health), the following programs & services are provided by Public Health Inspectors within the Prairie Mountain Health region:

- Arena air quality

- Communicable Diseases (Field investigations)

- Food Safety

- Health Protection Reports (public Disclosure systems)

- Personal Service Facilities

- Recreational camps

- Safe Housing

- Smoking in Public Places

- Swimming pool safety

For further details and to contact an office near you, please refer to the Health Protection Unit website

  • Prairie Mountain Inter-Agency Hoarding Coalition (PMIHC)

The PMIHC is comprised of a variety of agencies within the Prairie Mountain Health region.

PMIHC provides collaborative leadership, assessment and coordination to respond to and prevent incidents of severe hoarding or domestic squalor. Where feasible, PMIHC will organize and provide public education about hoarding, disseminate contact information and offer support to families coping with incidents of hoarding and domestic squalor.

Download the PMHIC's Protocol and Resource Guide

Currently, the Coalition secretariat office is located in the Brandon Provincial Building.  Inquiries can be made directly to:

The PMIHC Secretariat Office   
c/o  Health Protection Unit
Room 349, 340 – 9th Street
Brandon, MB
R7A 6C2  
Phone:  204-726-7001
  • Immunization

This program manages the delivery of immunizations throughout the life span based on Manitoba Health’s Routine Immunization Schedule. It coordinates the delivery of flu clinics and works with other programs in the event that mass immunization clinics are required.

Call your Public Health Office to inquire about flu clinics and other immunization clinics.

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Public Health Staff work with all health programs and other service organizations to offer care and support in times of disasters or emergencies, such as evacuations related to flood or fire.

  • Healthy Schools

Public Health Staff partner with schools to promote healthy school environments.

  • Public Health Notices/Public Health Inspectors

Public Health Staff work with Public Health Inspectors as required regarding communicable diseases associated with food borne illnesses.

 

 

 

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