The French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic opened its doors in September 2012. Located in Alban and servicing the Sudbury East area, the Clinic boasts an interdisciplinary team of nurse practitioners, registered nurses, a social worker, a health promoter, collaborating physicians and a chiropractor.
Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics are a new primary health care delivery model in which Nurse Practitioners are the lead providers of primary health care. Since 2007, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has opened 25 NPLCs in the following 24 communities: Barrie, Belle River Township of Lakeshore, Belleville, Capreol, Essex, French River, Huntsville, Ingersoll, Kitchener, London, Niagara Falls, North Bay, Oro Station, Oshawa, Peterborough, Sarnia, Sault Ste Marie, Scarborough, South Glengarry, Smith Falls, Sutton, Thessalon, Thunder Bay and Toronto.
Through a collaborative practice approach which includes all members of the interdisciplinary health team, nurse practitioners provide comprehensive, accessible, and coordinated family health care services to populations who do not have access to a primary care provider. Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics improve the quality of care through enhanced health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management, as well as improve care co-ordination and navigation of the health care system at the local and regional levels.
The French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic is a member of the Association of Ontario Health Centres. The AOHC and its member health organizations share a strong commitment to advance health equity and recognize that access to the highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental human right. The AOHC and its members believe good health begins in homes, in our schools, in our workplace, and in the communities where we live. Our goal is therefore to work towards a complete state of wellbeing for individuals, families and entire communities.
Highest Quality People and Community Centred Health and Wellbeing
- Everyone participates, individually and collectively, in decisions about their health and wellbeing.
- Individuals and communities receive health care that meets their needs, in a timely fashion and from the most appropriate providers, and experience the best possible results.
- Health care and other service providers work in respectful, collaborative relationships with individuals, families, and communities and each other.
- The quality of care is optimized through continuous innovation and learning to improve the experience and outcomes of those accessing care, and the efficient use of resources.
Health Equity and Social Justice
- Reduction in social inequality improves Health outcomes.
- Social inequality is reduced when all people and institutions become aware of, and act on the understanding, that inequality impacts health outcomes for the already marginalized populations.
- Equity and dignity and integrity of the person is manifest in access to nutritious food, safe and secure housing, clean water, adequate and appropriate clothing, dignified and justly-remunerated employment.
- Health care appropriate to all ages and stages of life, and mechanisms of fulsome engagement and participation in civic, social and political processes.
Community Vitality and Belonging
- Safe and caring communities improve health outcomes.
- Shared values and shared vision strengthen belonging.
- All members of the community have opportunities to participate in decision making about their communities.
- Public, private sectors and community organizations work together to strengthen inclusive, caring and connected communities.