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.
The Department of Health and Social Development (HSD) 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-centered 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 modeling • Communication: open sharing of information
Since its formation, HSD has been working to create greater harmonies and efficiencies between provincial and federal health and social programs and those offered by the Nunatsiavut Government. The department has developed a Regional Health Plan to define and guide our program activities from 2007 to 2010. (if that document is available could hyperlink the title) 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.
HSD 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.
The regional level of HSD is responsible for oversight, policy development and program development and implementation.
At the community level, HSD 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, Community Health Workers and Child Care Workers. Mental Health Teams have been also been created, with some communities sharing positions and/or receiving regularly scheduled services.
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 go to http://www.lghealth.ca/ for more information.
The Nunatsiavut Department of Health & 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