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Brynn and Hayden are youth in the Interior who have lived experience with substance use. They teamed up with Interior Heath to promote new services for their youth peers. The SAY project was launched in 2023 to promote the new substance use services Interior Health created specifically for youth across the region. Hayden and Brynn (not their real names) helped create the campaign to spread the word about these services. BTW, “SAY” = Substance Use Services Available for Youth! Check out the Substance Use Services Available for Youth webpage In this blog post, they share what the SAY project is all about, and what it means to them.
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Community & Culture
Name: Logan Nealis (he/him/his)Job Title: Clinical Psychologist Years of Service: TwoWorksite: Royal Inland HospitalCommunity: KamloopsAncestral Territory: SecwépemcFavourite Quote / Advice to live by: “We’re all just walking each other home.” – Ram Dass As one of the only psychologists in Canada working as an integrated member of an acute trauma service, Dr. Logan Nealis is on the leading edge of improving trauma care at Interior Health (IH). Day to day, his work involves supporting the psychological needs of patients presenting with significant physical trauma. More broadly, he and his team seek to understand and model what can be accomplished with patient care by considering and addressing the psychological needs of trauma patients early in their recovery.
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Community & Culture
The news of Dr. Doug Cochrane’s recent passing has impacted communities and individuals across B.C. and beyond. Those who had the honour to work alongside him over his long and highly respected career are mourning the loss of an esteemed colleague, who will be well-remembered for his gentle approach to leadership and his ability to humanize the most complex of issues. Even those who only knew him briefly will surely remember Doug for his humility, integrity, and kindness.  Doug had stepped down as Interior Health Board Chair for health reasons on Feb. 4, 2024. He joined IH in 2017, and every day since had demonstrated a deep commitment to continuous improvement of patient care, quality and safety knowing it would lead to improved health outcomes.  “I will miss Doug as a colleague, mentor, and friend and remember him for his kind and gentle approach to leadership, always willing to take on the toughest of challenges in the most human of ways. On behalf of Interior Health, I extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones during this difficult time,” said IH president and CEO Susan Brown. “Doug leaves a lasting legacy as he guided our reconciliation efforts from a personal commitment to listening and learning from Indigenous peoples in the Interior, their histories and how the current systems in place have impacted them directly.” Read Susan Brown's full statement  Read statement from Adrian Dix, Minister of Health Indigenous health and wellness were of particular importance to Doug as he served as Co-Chair of both the First Nations and Métis partnership leadership tables. Doug’s contributions to B.C.’s health-care system overall are unparalleled, having chaired the BC Patient Safety Task Force from its inception in 2003 to the creation of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (now known as Health Quality BC) and as the provincial patient safety and quality officer from 2008 to 2019. Doug was also past chair of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Doug was a highly esteemed mentor and educator, with more than three decades of clinical expertise as a pediatric neurosurgeon. He was appointed Professor Emeritus by the UBC department of surgery in 2016 and served as faculty for the Health Quality BC Quality Academy and Clinician Quality Academy programs, as well as the Sauder Physician Leadership program at UBC.
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Community & Culture
Welcome to the Meet Your Recruiter series, where we bring you closer to the dedicated professionals behind Interior Health's recruitment team. In this series, you'll have the opportunity to get to know the recruiters who play a vital role in attracting and selecting talented individuals to join our dynamic health-care team. Discover their passions, expertise and invaluable insights as they share their experiences and shed light on the exciting opportunities that await you within Interior Health. As one of the largest health-care authorities in B.C., we are committed to providing exceptional care to the communities we serve. These are the people who help us fulfill this commitment.
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Name: Jenelle Butchart (she/her/hers)Job Title: Recreation TherapistYears of Service: 11Worksite: Cottonwoods Care CentreCommunity: Short Stay Unit Ancestral Territory: Syilx/OkanaganFavourite Quote / Advice to live by: "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today." – Will Rogers Born in St. Albert, AB., and later moving to Coquitlam, Jenelle has embarked on an 11-year journey in health care as a recreation therapist. Therapeutic recreation is a person-centered health-care profession that uses evidence-informed leisure and recreation activities to improve and maximize a client's overall quality of life. In her role, Jenelle aims to see the able, not the label, and says that seeing her patients reach their goals and increase their independence are the most inspiring things about her role.
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Health & Wellness
It’s Valentine’s Day, and many older adults and seniors are enjoying sex just as much—and sometimes more—than younger people. But myths and misconceptions about sex and aging abound. These include: Older adults are too old and frail to have sex Older people don’t want to discuss their sexuality with professionals Sex is unimportant or over and done with when a person is older Sexual prowess and desire wane with age Menopause is the death of a woman’s sexuality Masturbation is an immature activity of young people. Older people don’t masturbate. Hysterectomies cause a physical disability that results in the inability to function sexually
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Health & Wellness
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or substance use issues, know you’re not alone. Interior Health offers support and helpful resources across the Interior region.  How, when and where you access mental health and substance use services depends on: Your age Where you live Where you are in your mental health and/or substance use journey If you identify as Indigenous, we also have services and supports uniquely tailored to you.
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Community & Culture
Name: Kim Young (she/her/hers)Job Title: Licenced Practical Nurse Years of Service: 16.5Worksite: Cottonwoods Care Centre and Brookhaven Care CentreCommunity: West KelownaAncestral Territory: Syilx NationFavourite Quote / Advice to live by: “Live, laugh, love” and “Be the person people will remember and appreciate” Meet Kim Young, a compassionate licensed practical nurse (LPN) with an impressive 16.5 years of service at Interior Health (IH). Born and raised in Kelowna, which is situated on the ancestral territory of the Syilx Nation, Kim wholeheartedly serves her hometown community through her dedication working with tracheostomy and ventilator-dependent patients at Cottonwoods Care Centre, while also working in dementia care at Brookhaven Care Centre.
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Health & Wellness
Body image refers to how a person sees or perceives their appearance, and the feelings associated with that viewpoint. As humans, we often compare ourselves to those around us and this comparison may affect the way we eat, dress, or treat each other. Our body image is connected to our self-esteem. Self-esteem is how we value and respect ourselves as a person. Self-esteem affects how we take care of ourselves emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It's important to embrace ourselves and our differences to realize the beauty every person has and how uniqueness enhances life experience.  “Positive body image isn’t believing your body LOOKS good. It’s knowing that it IS good, regardless of how it looks.” – Dr. Lindsay Kite

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