Health & Wellness

Learn about all areas of your health and wellness, covering topics from kidney care to child care and everything in between. 

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Be prepared as temperatures drop

Winter weather events may lead to power outages and other health-related emergencies.

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Our uniqueness is in who we are and where we are. Our geographical location offers the choice of an active urban lifestyle or a quiet rural setting. Whether you're in clinical care, management, or in a supporting role, your impact will be felt. Your passion and motivation combined with our commitment to set new standards and excellence make Interior Health the right choice for you. We thrive as a direct result of state-of-the-art equipment, forwarding thinking and strong leadership. We are here for your whole life from career choices to family benefits to work/life balance. At Interior Health there is always room to grow.

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Emergency Preparedness
Are You Prepared For An Emergency?

This page provides you with information that may help you prepare for an environmental health emergency before it happens. Learn about emergency kit preparation, hazardous materials, spring flooding, and more. 

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Aboriginal Health & Wellness
Aboriginal Partnerships

Our mission is to promote and maintain sustainable, respectful, responsive partnerships between Aboriginal peoples and Interior Health and ensure Aboriginal partners are involved in the planning and delivery of health services. Our commitment to Aboriginal health and wellness is strengthened through partnerships. 

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Mental Health

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, you're not alone. Learn how to access different support services and helpful resources. Reach your local Medical Health Centre for community-based support by calling 310-MHSU (6478). 

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Substance Use

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use, you're not alone. Learn how to access different support services and helpful resources. Reach your local Substance Use Centre for community-based support by calling 310-MHSU (6478). 

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Naloxone is a widely available medication that can reverse an opioid overdose temporarily. It has been a vital tool in combatting the toxic drug crisis since B.C. launched the Take Home Naloxone program in 2012. Anyone using street drugs is at risk of a toxic drug poisoning. If there is a chance you may witness or experience a toxic drug poisoning, you can get a free Naloxone kit to carry with you. Many pharmacies provide them, as do health centres and community agencies. You do not need a prescription and you do not need to provide your name. Naloxone is very safe. It does not get you “high” and does not cause dependence. “Naloxone is a really important life-saving tool for me to have when I’m out in the community. I encourage everyone to get Naloxone training and either have a kit or know where there is one nearby. You could save a life!” says Dr. Carol Fenton, a medical health officer with Interior Health. 
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Submitted by the Canadian Mental Health Association  You might have a thousand Facebook friends or followers on Instagram. Or maybe you have friends the “old-fashioned” way. In any case, we know that having a good community of friends is about the quality – and not the quantity – of our relationships. And communication is at the core. So, if we want to strengthen our relationships, practising the art of listening is an effective strategy.
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During the colder months it’s important to stay active and get fresh air. It’s also important to use caution in snowy or icy conditions to prevent injury from slipping or falling. You also need to be careful when shovelling your driveway.  
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(PHOTO CREDIT – Kalen Jones) Clearwater leaders got together last summer to celebrate the resilience of their physicians. Front row (L-R):  Past Mayor John Harwood, Coun. Shelley Sim; Dr. Sandra Okezue; MP Frank Caputo; Yellowhead Community Services Vice Chair Shirley Frost; Coun. Barry Banford; Coun Lucy Taylor; Medical student Anmol Mattu; and Dr. Kayode Bamigboje; Back row (L-R):  CAO John Thomas; Obi Okezue; regional district director Carol Schaffer; Mayor Merlin Blackwell and Coun. Bill Haring. Between April and September 2022, Clearwater hospital was forced to close its emergency department almost 60 times due to emergency department RN staffing vacancies. But instead of finger pointing, people from multiple agencies talked together about how they could make a difference. And then they went to work. Interior Health, the District of Clearwater, individual health administrators, Clearwater mayor and council, community residents, hospital nursing and non-nursing staff, physicians, the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice and the B.C. Nurses Union worked to find solutions to a complex problem. The end result – no closures since early September. Mayor Merlin Blackwell is proud of the united effort that went in to supporting Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital and its emergency department. “All of us are acting as recruiters and promoters of the community,” he said. The mayor spoke about the Clearwater situation to his peers at the Union of B.C. Municipalities, saying he believes the key was getting to know the people in the health-care system so conversations in a spirit of trust could take place.

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