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 of Cree heritage. She has since been adopted by the Haida Gwaii, where she now lives with her family. Joanne is a Registered Social Worker, though has spent the majority of her career in the Health Field. She was the Director of Aboriginal Health with the Interior Health Authority for several years, where she was the driving force behind numerous initiatives to improve Health services at all levels for Aboriginal people. She is well-regarded for her program planning skills, Human and Financial Resources management, and Curriculum Writing. Joanne is highly regarded for her presentation and facilitation skills, drawing on her experience and insight to engage groups of all sizes.