A lot of work has been taking place to move forward on the priorities of the Community Health Needs Assessment, covering Hillsborough to Alma. Below, you will find the 10 priorities with an update of what is happening under each. Many of the initiatives listed below are supported by the Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation.
The Well Woman Program available at the Albert County Health & Wellness Centre focuses on keeping women healthy through education, screening and physical exams.
What is it? The Well Woman Program is an appointment with the Nurse Practitioner that may involve screening for cervical and breast cancer and education on maintaining your health.
In rural Albert County, we are fortunate to be able to access the services of the Albert County Health and Wellness Centre. The Health Centre provides primary health care and promotes healthy lifestyles within the communities of Hillsborough, Riverside-Albert, Alma and the surrounding areas. The Health and Wellness Team of physicians, nurse practitioner, outreach diabetes case manager, nurses, dietitian and physiotherapist care about your health and are there to support you.
“I like books!” says Owen, piling his favourite books on his bed. The three--year-old eagerly shows me his library.
His mother, Robin Stuart, fills in the back story. Owen is enrolled in the Imagination Library. From birth until their fifth birthdays, children receive a book in the mail each month.
“A friend of mine told me about the Imagination Library,” says Robin. “She told me you can get a free book each month. It sounded amazing. And it is!”
The inspiration and force behind the program is Country-and-Western singer Dolly Parton. She wants to help children “fall in love with books at an early age,” according to her website. The long-term goal is greater literacy.
The Imagination Library costs $60 per child per year but the families don’t foot the bill. Thanks to the Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation, families in rural Albert County of all income levels have been able to use the free program since 2010.
The Four R's - Reading, Writing, Arithmetic ... and Riding
Artwork on the walls, students sitting in desks while a teacher reads aloud, it looks like a regular elementary classroom. At one side of the classroom, however, a student is furiously pedalling on a stationary bike. A bike may seem out of place in the classroom, but not for elementary students in Albert County.
In December 2015, both Riverside Consolidated and Hillsborough Elementary acquired stationary bikes with the support of the Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation Inc.
Albert County Health and Wellness Centre
Primary Health Care ensures continuity of care for the individual, family and/or community. It includes primary care, but is a much broader concept that also encompasses community programs and services. It includes population health, health promotion, disease and injury prevention, wellness care, chronic disease management across the lifespan, and community development.
In 2009, the late Belinda Myers, principal at Caledonia Regional High School, realized many of her students did not have easy access to primary healthcare. She asked Krista Cormier, a nurse practitioner at the Albert County Health and Wellness Centre if they might work out a solution together.
(Photo: Taylor Weston gives the “thumbs up” for a program funded by the Bennett and Albert County Healthcare Foundation that allows her to see a nurse practitioner without even leaving the school)
Connecting Albert County encourages the pursuit of healthier lifestyle choices and outdoor recreation. We live in a beautiful region that offers year-round opportunities to get healthy while appreciating nature.
To encourage healthy living, we announce workshops on health and wellness, opportunities to join recreation groups or fitness classes, and wellness programs hosted by the Albert County Health & Wellness Centre.
We describe favourite hiking, skiing and snowshoeing trails in our newsletter and encourage residents to post stories and images of healthy activities in Albert County.
To learn more about our health services, visit the Albert County Health & Wellness Centre in Riverside-Albert and the Bennett and Albert County Health Care Foundation.
To learn about hiking, canoeing and kayaking trails, visit the Fundy Biosphere’s Amazing Spaces and Fundy National Park.
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