The Checkup Fall Newsletter 2018 - Page 5

Expanded Public Health reach into Communities Thanks to a generous donation from the Suncor Energy Foundation, the Population, Public and Indigenous Health department is able to purchase and retrofit a van to increase access to public health services in our region. The Mobile Health Unit will bring additional health care services to the rural communities of Wood Buffalo. Operated under the direction of Population Public Health, the unit will be outfitted to add capacity in oral health, community health, sexually transmitted infection testing, immunizations, infant/child wellness and health promotion activities. AHS area manager for Population Public Health Jennifer Splaine says the mobile van is going to make a big difference in their service capacity.“We are so pleased to be able to expand our services into the community with the acquisition of a mobile unit,” said Jennifer Splaine. “We have been using a cancer screening van which was scheduled to leave our region and now this funding allows us to purchase, refit, and utilize the van specifically for public health services.” To help communities achieve greater sustainability, Suncor and the Suncor Energy Foundation invest in integrated initiatives that allow unconventional solutions to surface which are key to developing vibrant, sustainable communities — now and for generations to come. They support the development of people, organizations and processes needed to address community challenges and the donation of funds to purchase and outfit the van is a great example of their support. The van pictured below is currently undergoing a transformation and will be rolling into communities very soon. THE NORTHERN LIGHTS HEALTH FOUNDATION 5