First Health Solutions
At First Health Solutions, we believe that Health is a cornerstone to community and agency well-being. We also recognize that the care system is often fragmented and struggles to identify the local agency or community's needs. We appreciate that good planning and outcome based evaluations are key to securing the funding and partnerships from the Federal, Provincial, Regional and Foundation partners. Our collective breadth of experience means that our services can be tailored to fit your agency, team, or community needs. We take the time and care to ensure that we understand your needs and your vision; designing a measurable plan that gets you what you need, and then delivering. Not only does the First Health team tailor a plan to meet each client's unique strategic health challenge, we can use our core services and expertise to execute that strategy and help clients secure the funding to support that vision.
We look forward to meeting you and discussing your individual needs and working towards viable solutions
Neil has worked in the field of Health & Social Services for over 20 years. After working in Northern Ontario with the Ojibwa Nation, he moved west to Northern BC and since 1996 has worked with the Haida, Tsimshian, Haisla, Tlingit, Tahltan, Nisga'a, Gitxsan, Carrier and Chilcotin Nations, providing trauma counselling, training and health program planning. Neil taught Social Work for several years in the College and University system, is a Registered Mediator and has studied Conflict Resolution at the Graduate level (University of Victoria). He is available to the RCMP on a critical-incident basis and is a frequent guest speaker on issues including trauma, violence and conflict management. Current projects include health planning, lateral violence workshops, and capacity-building initiatives for several First Nation Bands.
Joanne is one-half of the First Health Solutions team and brings extensive experience leading large scale systems change. Joanne has been a leader in health and social serving agencies for 23 years with a passion for organizational transformation and change. Her particular skill set includes strategic management, needs assessments, community planning, program evaluation, workplace culture, and facilitation.
She has served as a Director in the Interior Health Authority supporting the integration of Indigenous health outcomes across the region, led a team of dedicated professionals in the development of the Provincial Health Services Authority Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Program, and was a key contributor and curriculum developer of the Aboriginal Child Welfare Delegation model in British Columbia.
She is currently the Executive Director of the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Center Association in Surrey, the Vice President of the BC Association of Friendship Centers, and the co-founder of First Health Solutions where she supports Health focused organizations through transformation and change. Finally, she is co-founder of the Nehiyaw Netotemak Cree Language Society which seeks to revitalize Cree Language in the Fraser Valley.
Joanne is Cree from Fisher River Cree Nation, and currently a registered member of the Skidegate First Nation.