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Nunavut Health and Social Services

ajadad Alex Jadad — 27/02/2009


The Department of Health and Social Services provides a broad range of programs and services to the people of Nunavut, Canada, in the following areas: • Primary and acute health, both inpatient and ambulatory • Child protection • Family services • Mental health • Health promotion and protection • Injury prevention The department is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to manage health care in a large and diverse territory. For instance, a Telehealth network is providing some communities with a wide range of health care, social programs and services through teleconferencing both within and outside the territory. The department works with the federal government in administering programs such as Brighter Futures which strives to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of Nunavummiut, the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program provides financial assistance to community-based organizations which offer programs and services for at-risk pregnant women. There are active groups within the department working on issues such as smoking cessation, suicide prevention and mental and dental health. Health promotion professionals, such as nutritionists and public health nurses, work in communities to promote health and well being through education and skills sharing. The department also oversees custom and public adoptions, acts as the Public guardian and provides social services through out the territory.






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