Queen's Refugee Health Initiative Website Provides Valuable Resources
Queen’s Department of Family Medicine (DFM), in partnership with the South East Local Health Integration Network, Immigration Services Kingston and Area, and Kingston Community Health Centres, has launched a Refugee Health Initiative website to provide health-care providers, newcomers and community organizations with useful resources for the provision of care for refugees from Syria and elsewhere. An initiative of Dr. Eva Purkey, Queen’s DFM Global Health Director, the site is also intended to serve as a resource for communication between the primary health-care community, the broader health-care community and Kingston’s settlement services.
The department’s Global Health initiative also recently launched Horizons, a three-times yearly newsletter designed to update faculty, residents and staff on what’s going on in Global Health at Queen’s and in the broader community.
KFL&A Public Health Website Directs Patients, Health-Care Providers to Resources
KFL&A Public Health, in collaboration with the Poverty Reduction Health Working Group, Kingston Community Health Centre and the City of Kingston, has created a website to help primary health care providers and their patients find local resources in one click. The site, Kingston Helps, Your Community Resource Hub, www.kingstonhelps.ca, lists local shelters, food banks, clothing resources, primary care and mental health links, legal resources, and child health and social supports, among other resources. It also provides resources to help health care providers understand the impacts of poverty on health.
CCAC Short Stay Convalescent Care Unit Accepting Referrals
The South East CCAC Short Stay Convalescent Care Unit, a Long Term Care-operated facility located within the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital site in Napanee, admitted its first patient on November 14, 2013. It has since successfully filled the 22-bed unit, and continues to assess patients for admission and/or waitlist as patients progress towards their individual goals and are discharged back home.
Family physicians are encouraged to continue seeking out referrals for convalescent-type patients within their hospital and/or community setting and to make referrals to the CCAC through the usual process.
For more information about the Short Stay Convalescent Care Unit, click here.
For guidelines regarding the application process, target population, exclusion criteria and average length of stay, click here.
OMA Section of General and Family Practice on Twitter
The Ontario Medical Association's Section of General and Family Practice is now active on Twitter, and invites those interested to follow them @ON_FamilyHealth. Highlighting the unique role and value of family doctors in Ontario, the Twitter account will be adjunctive in building support for the OMA's core message.
KFL&A Public Health Electronic Newsletter Supports Primary Care Providers
Healthy Directions, an electronic KFL&A Public Health newsletter issued six times a year, provides relevant, timely and practical information for health care providers to use in their practice. Queen’s Department of Family Medicine Public Health and Preventive Medicine Program Residents Dr. Emily Groot and Dr. Jennifer Horton, as well as Associate Professor Dr. Kieran Moore (Associate Medical Officer of Health, KFL&A Public Health), are on the newsletter's editorial board. Queen’s Family Health Team members Diane Batchelor (nurse practitioner), Sherri Elms (pharmacist) and Dr. Karen Hall Barber are on the newsletter’s advisory committee. Click on Healthy Directions to read the newsletter and to receive future issues.