Red Deerians gather to share concerns about health care system and ways to fix it

About 140 Red Deerians who wanted to share ideas to help fix Alberta’s health care system attended a public engagement session on Thursday led by Alberta Health.

Participants were divided into groups to talk about problems with health care, offer ideas, as well as learn about the province’s plan to streamline Alberta Health Services and create different organizations to oversee acute care, primary care, continuing care, and mental health and addictions.

A participant, who spoke to the Advocate following the session, was concerned that public health was left out of the government’s new multi-organization plan.

“Public health is more than COVID and immunization. Decreasing smoking in society, that was driven by public health, same for car seats. All of that’s been left out,” she said.

At her table, there was also a lot of distrust about the impact of public engagement sessions, she said.

“I believe that change is

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Mental health services expanding in Windsor-Essex

A private business and the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) are both offering more help “to make that connection.”

Mental Health First Aid:

TRAINING: Mental Health First Aid – CMHA Windsor-Essex County

The CMHA-WECB is offering training for mental health first aid.

“We understand how to deal with individuals who have a physical health crisis, right?” says Carrie Davis, workplace outreach worker. “(But) we don’t often understand how to support those individuals (who are struggling with mental health).”

Over a seven-hour course participants will learn how to identify a decline or crisis in mental health.

“And then it also teaches us how to talk to them about supports – professional or other supports, as well as how to connect with those resources to help them on the road to recovery,” says Davis.

CMHA officials say statistically, one in

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Marblehead Counseling Center Awarded $120K Cummings Foundation Grant

MARBLEHEAD, MA — The Marblehead Counseling Center will use $120,000 in grant funding over the next three years to support its North Shore Community Cares program that helps transition graduate MCC clinicians into the supervision phase of their careers.

The nonprofit organization, which serves Marblehead, Swampscott and nearby North Shore cities and towns, was selected from more than 630 applications to share in $30 million through the Cummings Foundation’s major annual grants program.

The MCC said the recognition and financial support of the Cummings Foundation is an important element of the work it has been doing for over 50 years and will help enable enhanced mental health services to its clients.

The North Shore Community Cares program allows the MCC to retain clinicians between their graduation and licensure to help ensure the best level of care for its clients.

“The way the local nonprofit sector perseveres, steps up, and pivots

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