Aboriginal Patient Navigators (APN)
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Assisting Aboriginal patients with access to services

The Aboriginal Patient Navigators (APN) assist Aboriginal patients with access to community services that enhance continuity of care and efficient use of resources.

What we offer

APNs support services will assist or help with:

  • Understanding the hospital care system
  • Spiritual connection
  • Discharge planning
  • Community and hospital linkages
  • Promoting access to community services

The Aboriginal Patient Navigator provides linkage within the local health areas and First Nation communities within the Interior Health region.

The APN workers provide support to Interior Health Aboriginal patients, caregivers, and their families while in the health-care system.

The APN will collaborate with and assist health-care providers in early identification and assessment of patient needs. They will participate in the discharge planning process to facilitate the timely discharge of patients to support patient care and independence.

For both the Aboriginal patient and health-care provider, the APN will be a resource to assist in providing culturally sensitive health care.

How do I access an APN?

Find out where the APN service is offered or contact an Aboriginal Patient Navigator.

 

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