Department Overview

Just what you need
Through a number of programs and services, we are able to provide the help and advice that so many of our people need including the young and the elderly.

Our Mission
To protect, promote, and improve the health and well-being of Labrador Inuit through the provision of community-based programs and services, advocacy, and collaboration.

Our Mandate
The Department of Health and Social Development (DHSD) is responsible for the health and social development needs of Nunatsiavut Beneficiaries. The department’s work is guided by a set of principles that reflect the spirit of our Constitution:

  • Client-centred approaches;
  • Practicing and promoting Labrador Inuit culture and language;
  • Promoting the balance between rights and responsibilities;
  • Empowerment: fostering independence, self-reliance, and self-worth;
  • Collaboration: working together;
  • Accountability to clients and stakeholders;
  • Consultation: sharing knowledge and exchanging information;
  • Respect for oneself and others;
  • Leadership: demonstrating and fostering positive role modelling;
  • Communication: open sharing of information.

Since its formation, DHSD has been working to create greater harmonies and efficiencies between provincial and federal health and social programs and those offered by the Nunatsiavut Government. To ensure that we remain accountable and responsive to Labrador Inuit, the department renews its mandate annually by consulting with Beneficiaries through a Regional Health Conference. The DHSD has developed a new Regional Health Plan for the years of 2013-2018.

Our System
DHSD has a regional office in Happy Valley – Goose Bay and seven community offices located in North West River, Happy Valley – Goose Bay, Rigolet, Postville, Makkovik, Hopedale, and Nain. DHSD also includes a Status of Women Office in Makkovik which consists of a Status of Women Coordinator and a Project Coordinator, as well as a Division of Youth and Elders, which includes a Youth Administrator and an Elder Coordinator.

The regional level of DHSD is responsible for oversight, policy development, and program development and implementation.

At the community level, DHSD community teams work closely with Labrador – Grenfell Health to deliver health and social services in Nunatsiavut. Community Health Teams in all communities include a Public Health Nurse, Team Leader, Community Health Workers, and Child Care Workers. Mental Health Teams have also been created, with some communities sharing positions and/or receiving regularly scheduled services.

Our Services
The Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development provides a range of programs and services to Nunatsiavut Beneficiaries including:

  • Non-Insured Health Benefits;
  • Injury Prevention;
  • Addictions;
  • Communicable Disease Control;
  • Healthy Children Initiatives;
  • Home and Community Care;
  • Sexual Health;
  • Healthy Lifestyles;
  • Mental Wellness.

Don’t Feel Well?
If you have questions about or need medical care; child, youth & family services; or mental health & addictions services, contact your community health centre or visit the Labrador – Grenfell Health website for more information.