Another year of successes ahead: Applications for community Aboriginal health grants now available

Northern Health is calling for a new round of applications as its Aboriginal Health Initiatives Program (AHIP) enters its sixth year.

Since the program?s launch in 2002, AHIP has funded more than 182 community-based projects offering education, clinics and awareness campaigns covering a range of health issues. Of the $1.1 million in funding this year, $600,000 is available for new initiatives across the north, with remaining funding going to support multi-year projects.

?Our government has made a commitment to close the gaps that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples over the next decade,? said Health Minister George Abbott. ?By funding health prevention programs developed by First Nations, we will achieve our goals collaboratively and improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people, which is a benefit for everyone.?

?For five years now, projects funded through AHIP have been building healthier Aboriginal communities in the north?, said Northern Health CEO Malcolm Maxwell. ?We look forward to another year of supporting initiatives that address short and long-term Aboriginal health needs.?

?The AHIP is focused on a community-based approach to holistic health and wellness; guided by health determinants, and based in Indigenous knowledge,? said NH executive director of Aboriginal health, Lisa Tabobondung. ?This year we encourage Aboriginal communities to apply for funding that promotes healthy communities and community wellness.?

NH is inviting all Northern BC First Nations communities to submit project proposals. Aboriginal, Inuit, and Metis non-profit organizations mandated to provide health/social services are also eligible. The applications will go to an adjudication committee including Aboriginal representatives and NH staff for review.

Since 2002, Northern Health has funded over $5.5 million in AHIP grants. Successful projects have promoted healthy lifestyles, provided information to recognize and manage chronic diseases, and offered clinics and education for dental health, diabetes, HIV/AIDS prevention, healthy eating, and youth activities.

The deadline for applications is Friday December 29, 2006 at 4:00 PM. Information and application forms are available by: ยท

Calling Northern Health?s Aboriginal Health office at 250-565-2724; Faxing a request to: (250) 565-2640; E-mailing a request to: Colette.Plasway@northernhealth.ca ; or Visiting www.northernhealth.ca for more information and to download the necessary application forms