Primary Health Care (PHC) involves providing essential health services to individuals, families & communities. It is a proactive approach to preventing health problems before they occur and ensuring better management and follow up once a health problem has been detected. PHC is focused on improved coordination of information between health care providers and expanded access to information for Canadians using the health system. PHC encompasses preventative, promotive, curative, supportive and rehabilitative services.
The very broad definition of PHC is that it serves as an umbrella for many basic health programs and services which include: primary medical care, long term care, emergency services, palliative care services, laboratory and x-ray services, therapy services, homecare, public health, mental health, diabetic education, addictions services and community pharmacists all initiated through a team approach.
The Primary Health Care Provider Team is a group of health care professionals who, in addition to providing necessary support to clients at Primary Health Care community sites, meet regularly to discuss how they can help the community to become involved in promoting better health.
PHC is about improved coordination of information between health care providers and expanded access therefore ensuring that you have greater access to the right services when and where you need them. PHC serves to enhance people's physical and mental well-being, while addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of individuals. To meet people's basic health needs, health care professionals work together as an interdisciplinary team to deliver a range of services using a holistic approach encouraging greater sharing of information with you so you can make better decisions about you and your health.
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Community Wellness Assessments
Community Wellness Assessments are conducted by members of the Primary Health Care Provider Team in an effort to achieve the vision for “Healthy People in Healthy Communities”. The focus of a community wellness assessment is to address illness prevention and community wellness needs through consultation and collaboration with community members that ultimately leads to an improved quality of life for the entire community.