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The Bigstone partnership takes the learning experience to a new level, Konkin noted.
“With this placement, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is starting to build relationships with the communities themselves, and we hope to reach similar agreements with other communities. We appreciate that the Bigstone Health Commission was willing to engage with us and build something different.”
The rotation will see Siu, two other third-year students and a medical resident take up respective one- and two-month postings between now and next June, based at the Wabasca/Desmarais Healthcare Centre and a clinic in the hamlet, serving a population of 3,000 to 3,500 Aboriginal people. Siu led off the rotation Oct. 19, but before starting it, he completed an online training module and was asked to develop some of his own learning objectives.
“A key objective of this rotation is to have students get an idea of possibilities about positive reaction for change in the sense of building relationships and working with Aboriginal people,” Konkin said. Betkowski, B. (2015, October 22). Med students gain Aboriginal perspective on health. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
Bigstone Health Benefits has extended the deadline to sign the new consent form, this new date is August 31, 2015.
In order to continue your coverage, we need a signed copy of the updated BHB (Bigstone Health Benefits) consent form. You can access the forms by clicking on the link below, or by visiting one of our offices: Edmonton Corporate office 780-341-2777 & Wabasca Health Center 780-891-2000
Due to recent changes of privacy laws, as of August 31st we are no longer authorized to provide coverage for members who have not given proper consent.
Proper consent is considered:
- a completed and signed copy of our updated Bigstone Health Benefits form.
- One form for each adult over the age of 18 must be submitted.
- All children under the age of 18 must be added to the parents’ form, even if the consenting parent is not a Bigstone Member.
- We now require Health Care Numbers for all members; this also includes the members who reside outside of Alberta.
If we do not have an updated consent form on file, members will be required to pay for any benefits up front, then later request a reimbursement from Bigstone Health Benefits.
**Please keep in mind receipts are only valid for a year after they have been issued**
If you have any questions regarding this form, please call 1-866-891-9719 or 780-341-2777 ask for Samantha or Amber.
This Month We are conducting a customer survey to determine how effective ‘What the Health’ Newsletter is at getting information out to the public. It’s free to participate and you may enter to win our family gift basket which includes: a 6 month membership to the pool in Wabasca, as well as 18 holes for two at the Eagle Point Golf Course, and $100 gift certificate at E&M Foods.
News letters can be dropped off at these locations:
~ Apple Drugs in Wabasca
~ Both Medical clinics
~ Bigstone Dental clinic
~ The Deli
~ Bigstone Band office
~ Bigstone Health Commission
~ The Hospital
~ The RCMP Station
We have so much exciting news to share for April! A new pharmacy will be coming to Slave Lake, and Bigstone Community Wellness will be hosting a Community BBQ on April 9th.
Featured in our March issue is the, Alberta Health Link Services. This is a free service provided by Alberta Health Service professionals. Health Link provides a toll free number that you can access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Experienced registered nurses and other health care benefactors provide support over the phone; for more information on this article, and for additional health news related to your community click on the button below
So far February has been a busy Month. We celebrated the recent accreditation of Bigstone Community Wellness and Bigstone Elders Lodge, also Bigstone Non-Insured Health Benefits is busy updating members contact information, If you haven’t done so already can you please contact Gloria Yellowknee. And just a reminder that the flu season is still upon us, so please remember to wash your hands and stay healthy
Going into the new year we decided to use a new look and layout for our newsletter. We still publish the most current information and events that take place in our community. With the additional space we are now able to provide more information for your enjoyment.
Measles, also called rubeola, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that’s caused by a virus. It causes a total-body skin rash and flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, and runny nose. Though rare in the United States, 20 million cases occur worldwide every year.
November 2013 Newsletter
Primary lung cancer starts in the cells of the lung. The lungs are in the chest, one on each side of the heart. The right lung has 3 main parts, called lobes. The left lung is a bit smaller and has 2 lobes. The lungs are cushioned and protected by a thin covering called the pleura. The pleura has 2 layers of tissue. One layer covers the lungs and the other lines the inside wall of the chest. There is a small amount of fluid (pleural fluid) between the 2 layers of the pleura. The pleural fluid allows the layers to slide over each other as you breathe.
November 2013 Newsletter
We are booking appointments 3 to 4 weeks in advance. If you would like to be seen earlier here are some tips:
~If you have an Emergency toothache and are in pain- please feel free to sit and wait for any cancellations. 9 am and 1 pm are usually the best times to do so. Patients with appointments booked do get seen first, however it is usually not a long wait. ~If you would like to get in sooner and you are not in pain give us a call between 3:30 and 5:00pm or at 9:00am. We are often trying to fill open spots at those times.
October 2013 Newsletter