|August 4, 2020||For Immediate Release|
FIRST NATIONS HEALTH MANAGERS ASSOCIATION (FNHMA) RELEASES PANDEMIC PLANNING TOOL FOR FIRST NATIONS.
The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) is pleased to announce the Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities. This tool is available to all First Nations communities, free of charge, to help create their own personalized pandemic plan efficiently and effectively.
“COVID-19 has caused much stress and anxiety for First Nations health managers. At FNHMA, we are dedicated to supporting the work that all First Nations health managers do in their communities, especially during this unprecedented and difficult time. The creation of the Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities would not have been possible without the input and support from so many different First Nations health organizations and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN)” Marion Crowe, CEO, FNHMA.
COVID-19 has caused much uncertainty about how everyone can help protect our communities from contagious and infectious diseases now and in the future. FNHMA hopes that this new tool will help First Nations communities plan their pandemic responses.
The Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities includes the essentials of developing a Community Pandemic Plan and can complement what communities may already have in place. The tool is based on the belief that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. That is why this tool focuses on identifying risks and planning to avoid or mitigate them.
A Community Pandemic Plan is usually part of an overall Community Emergency Plan, and as such, supports a more coordinated approach.
The Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities is available for download on the FNHMA website at http://fnhma.ca/news-publication/publications/pandemic-planning-tool/
This tool will serve health directors, program managers and community health representatives alike; not only to enhance their knowledge, but to hone their skills and abilities, as well as to help them continue to drive change and build healthier communities.
Get your copy today!
For more information, please contact: Kelsey Thompson
FNHMA Executive Coordinator
Tel: (343) 961-5620