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

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  • 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 labor 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.

  • Midwifery Services

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

  • Postpartum Support

The postpartum program provides support and information for new mothers and families on postnatal, maternal and infant care, breastfeeding, infant feeding, attachment, parenting of newborns and family adjustment.  Public Health Nurses throughout Prairie Mountain Health or Community Postpartum Nurses (Brandon only) provide support, assessment and education to new families through telephone contact and/or home visits after leaving the hospital.

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

  • Child Health Clinics

Public Health Nurses provide education and counseling regarding child care, nutrition, safety, breastfeeding, parenting and community resources. Immunization is offered according to the Manitoba childhood immunization schedule. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact your local Public Health Office.

 

  • Breastfeeding SupportBreastFeeding web

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

Health Canada recommends that breastmilk is the only food your baby needs until your baby is 6 months old, and encourages breastfeeding up to 2 years of age. Breastfeeding is healthy, no cost, 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 to help you.

Breastfeeding Monthly: April 2016 Breastfeeding and Baby's Teeth

http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/bfm/help.html

 

  • Healthy Baby Program

Motherbabyaboriginal webThe Healthy Baby Program supports pregnant women and parents with babies up to one year.

http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/healthybaby/intro.html

One part of the Healthy Baby program is the Manitoba Prenatal Benefit. If a family has a net income of less than ,000 then they may be eligible to receive a monthly cheque to help buy healthy foods that moms need during pregnancy.

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The second part of the Healthy Baby program is community support programs. These are offered in many communities throughout the Prairie Mountain Health Region. These programs provide support and informational sessions for pregnant women and families with children less than one year of age. Childcare for older children may be available. Healthy Baby community support programs also offer a healthy snack, up to 16 litres of milk coupons for prenatal and postnatal families with babies up to 6 months and an opportunity for moms to relax and make new friends.

Please contact the following for more information:

Brandon – Healthy Baby Coordinator, Tel: 578-2545   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dauphin – Healthy Baby Coordinator, Tel: 629-3001    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Neepawa – Healthy Baby Coordinator,Tel: 476-7842   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                           

  • 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.

http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/familiesfirst/index.html

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.

http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/parentchild/.

Additional information:  http://www.mbparentchild.com/

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.

  1. Assiniboine North Coalition: Coordinator – 204-764-2412 ext.220  http://www.anpccfamilies.ca/
  2. South Parkland Healthy Child Coalition:   Wendy Delamare 204-638-6256 http://www.parklandhealthychild.ca/
  3. PROMISE Years Parent Child Coalition (Assiniboine South) Coordinator – 204-534-2494
  • InSight Mentoring Program

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               http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/fasd/insight.html

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 aren’t well connected to community support services.

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, nonjudgmental 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 of Dauphin.

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

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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, injury and illness prevention in the school aged population through the provision of communicable disease follow up and immunization services.

  • Immunization

This program coordinates the delivery of immunizations throughout the life span based on Manitoba Health’s Routine Immunization Schedule. http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/div/schedules.html#child

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.

  • Triple P - The Positive Parenting ProgramFathersonAsian web

Many Public Health Staff are trained Triple P practitioners. They are able to discuss with a parent one on one about their child’s behavior, and encourage positive parenting. Contact your local Public Health Office nurse to discuss positive parenting skills and arrange for a one to one discussion.

http://www.manitobatriplep.ca/

  • Primary Care

                              For information about Primary 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: http://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

SERC Manitoba Website: http://www.serc.mb.ca/TeensInGrass

Sexuality and U Website: http://www.sexualityandu.ca/

  • Transgender Health  

The Trans Health Clinic is a clinic to give easier access to transgender population for their specific health care needs.

For information or to book an appointment, please call 204-578-2513 to speak to a public health nurse.

  • Immunization

This program coordinates the delivery of immunizations throughout the life span based on Manitoba Health’s Routine Immunization Schedule. http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/div/schedules.html#school

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

Healthy Seniors

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This program coordinates the delivery of immunizations throughout the life span based on Manitoba Health’s Routine Immunization Schedule. http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/div/schedules.html#adult

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 regarding flu clinics and other immunization clinics in your area.

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  • Healthy Sexuality

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Call your local Public Health Office to inquire about free counseling related to healthy sexuality for seniors.

SERC Manitoba Website: http://www.serc.mb.ca/

Sexuality and U Website: http://www.sexualityandu.ca/

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  • Reproductive Health

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 if needed to women 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.

SERC Manitoba Website: http://www.serc.mb.ca/

Sexuality and U Website: http://www.sexualityandu.ca/

 

  • Transgender Health 

The Trans Health Clinic is a clinic to give easier access to transgender population for their specific health care needs.

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 travel health clinic located in the Brandon Town Centre includes advising clients on recommended vaccines based on their travel destination and administering them at the client’s request. The program also provides counseling as to how to best protect oneself when travelling, for example the use of insect repellent or mosquito nets. Call 204-578-2521 to make an appointment.
  • Communicable Disease Follow Up

The communicable disease program does appropriate investigation, contact tracing and follow up related to all communicable diseases, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood borne infections. This program also provides coordination in communicable disease outbreak incidences.

http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/index.html

  • Environment Health Services– in coordination with the Health Protection Unit (Manitoba Health), the following programs & services are provided 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 at: 

www.manitoba.ca/healthprotection

  • Prairie Mountain Inter-Agency Hoarding Coalition (PMIHC) – The PMIHC is comprised of a variety of agencies in the Prairie Mountain Health region who share the following common goals:

Provide collaborative leadership, assessment and coordination to respond and prevent incidents of severe hoarding or domestic squalor; and

Where feasible, 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   Tel: (204) 726-7001

  • Immunization

This program coordinates the delivery of immunizations throughout the life span based on Manitoba Health’s Routine Immunization Schedule. http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/div/schedules.html#child

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.

  • Emergency Disaster Planninghandsbuildingblocks web

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.