Okanagan Nation Health Committee
The Okanagan Nation Health Committee is comprised of representatives from the member bands and its mission is to advocate collectively for equitable and quality health care services for the Okanagan Nation.
Currently the Okanagan Nation Alliance is working with the Community Health Representatives and other health staff to address the changes to Health Canada and the Provincial transfer to the new Interior Health Authority. This is being accomplished in two ways. First, the Health Committee is engaged in capacity building to assist them and other services staff to interpret the new Aboriginal Health and Wellness Plan and begin the process of establishing a separate health governance model for the Okanagan Nation. This process is being achieved through facilitated strategy sessions and meetings with Health Canada.
A user-friendly community resources directory has been compiled and produced specifically for Okanagan Nation community members and their service providers. This directory will contain separate sections for each community that include information about community programs and services both on-and off-reserve. The directory will be posted on the ONA website shortly.
Aboriginal Health and Wellness Advisory Committee
On May 6, 2002 the Interior Health Authority unveiled its plan to have an Aboriginal Advisory committee to assist them in delivering Health services in the interior. The Committee is comprised of one representative from each of the Tribal Areas in the Interior.
Lisa Montgomery Reid, MSW, Policies and Procedures, was appointed by the Chiefs Executive Committee to represent the Okanagan Nation at this table.
For more information on the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Advisory Committee please go to: http://www.interiorhealth.ca