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Have a voice! Interlake-Eastern RHA seeks board advisors with Local Health Involvement Groups

Interlake-Eastern RHA (IERHA) is seeking applicants who want to be a part of health-care decision making in one of the region’s two Local Health Involvement Groups (LHIGs). Interlake-Eastern RHA residents who have an interest in improving health care in the region and who are able to commit the time required to participate in the Local Health Involvement Group are encouraged to apply.

“I wanted to become a member of the Local Health Involvement Group to have a voice. A voice about the delivery of health care services that are so important to the residents of our region,” says Shawna Cromie, LHIG member and executive director of Growing Years in Selkirk. “I wanted the opportunity to do my part to encourage health care that reflects the needs of the diverse group of people who live here.”
IERHA board chair, Margaret Mills, says LHIG members will explore ideas and provide advice to the board of directors on issues that impact the delivery of local health services.

“It’s always beneficial to hear from the people we are delivering the health-care services to. It helps us make informed decisions about health care in their area,” Mills said.

Successful applicants will be working with other Local Health Involvement Group members to discuss and identify issues that affect the delivery of local health services. Each group summarizes their comments for presentation to the board of directors.

The time commitment for LHIG members is four, two hour meetings per year. LHIG members will also receive an orientation to the RHA. Each group can determine if they’d like to take advantage of conference calling and webinars to reduce travel requirements during winter months. LHIG applications are available to residents in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority who have an interest in improving health care in the region and who are able to commit the time required to participate.

Cromie sums her experience up as a LHIG member as truly meaningful.

“Being a part of the LHIG for the last few years has made me feel like I can make a difference. It has given me insight into how challenging managing health care can be and having the opportunity to share community feedback with the people who need to hear it has been very valuable. The Board of Directors supports and encourages our contributions and has responded positively to the input from the LHIG.  I believe the LHIG has influenced positive change and I am optimistic it will continue to do so. This group is so passionate about health care and it is such a privilege to be a part of it.”
Community members are encouraged to apply by downloading an application from www.ierha.ca “About Us” “Community Involvement” “Local Health Involvement Groups/ Les Comités consultatifs en santé communautaire”” or by contacting Pamela McCallum by emailing pmccallum@ierha.ca for an application form. The deadline is apply is August 30th.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee of the RHA’s board of directors. People who are selected will participate in one of two LHIGs across the region.

LHIG Member Composition

West   Arborg, Ashern, Eriksdale, Fisher Branch, Lundar, Gimli, Riverton, St. Laurent, Teulon and areas including the Rural Municipalities of: Grahamdale, Bifrost, Eriksdale, Armstrong, Coldwell, St. Laurent, Gimli
 Central/East  Stonewall, Selkirk, Beausejour, Oakbank and areas including the Rural Municipalities of: Rockwood, Woodlands, Rosser, St. Andrews, Selkirk, St. Clement, Springfield, Lac du Bonnet, Pinawa, Pine Falls, Whitemouth and areas including the Rural Municipalities of: Brokenhead, Lac du Bonnet, Whitemouth, Alexander, Reynolds

 

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