Addiction & Mental Health
Public health dietitian consults, advocates, teaches, and researches many topics that relate to food, nutrition and human health. She works with people of all ages, partners with community groups and organizations, and connects with other healthcare providers to help build healthy eating environments and healthy communities.
Examples of areas of work are:
- Maternal and child health
- School health
- Chronic disease prevention
- Food security
: [email protected]
Healthy Minds Healthy Children
Education and consultation for Alberta professionals working in child and adolescent addictions and mental health
High River Low Risk Maternity Clinic
Provision of maternity care to Low Risk Obstetrical patients.
Provides care to women throughout their low risk pregnancy, labor, delivery and up to 6 week post-partum period.
- uncomplicated pregnancy with no serious risk factors
- patient must be able and willing to participate in ongoing prenatal care including attending all scheduled appointments
- if we patient develops into high risk, we will refer patient to tertiary care center for care.
- women with pre-pregnancy BMIs of 35 to < 38 will be referred to anaesthesia for an opinion on whether it is safe to deliver them in High River.
- c section and epidural capabilities on site
To support collaborative practice and integrated care planning in support of kids and families involved with Health Region pediatric clinics and programs amongst Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists.
Preschool Oral Health Program
Preschool oral health service is an integral part of the provincial Oral Health Action Plan1 (OHAP) designed to increase equitable access to oral health prevention in vulnerable populations.
Public Health Nursing (PHN) provides:
- New Baby Visits- phone visit, in-clinic visit or home visit when parents have a new baby:
- Postpartum check-up for parent
- Early breastfeeding support
- Anticipatory guidance for new parents
- Breastfeeding support- from PHNs in the Health Unit setting
- Feeding assessments in the office
- Emergency breast pump loaner program
- Lactation Consultants (LCs)- for breastfeeding concerns and ongoing support
- By referral, booked appointments only
- LCs provide complex breastfeeding assessments and supports
- Well Child Clinics-must be booked in advance by calling 811 or your local Health Unit
- Routine immunizations for children 2 months and up.
- Measurements of height, weight and head circumference
- Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Screening at 2 month clinic visit and after as needed
- Health assessments, information and anticipatory guidance are provided based on family’s identified needs and concerns (sleep, head shape, coping, feeding, etc)
- Public Health Nurse Drop- In
- For parents with infants and young children
- Provide support to parents in the post partum period, monitoring of weight, questions etc.
- Each office has a different time, please call to confirm.
- Support for healthy sleep habits for infants and children as capacity allows. Resources for parents available on the Foothills Children’s Network at www.foothillsnetwork.ca under support/resources/physical wellbeing/sleep
- Virtual Baby Group- every Tuesday morning; group support and information sharing with parents and young babies up to 12 months of age, facilitated by the Public Health Nurse. For rural clients only. Email [email protected] if families are interested for more info and to obtain consent.
If you would like more information on any of the services or resources listed here please contact the Health Unit directly.
24 Hour Health Advice is available through Health Link at 811.
The Early Start line (403-244-8351) is for families with infants 0-2 months.
Location: High River Health Unit
310 Macleod Trail High River,
: 403-652-5450 (main switchboard)
403-336-0091 (ask for the Office Nurse)
Location: Black Diamond Health Unit
Located in the Oilfields Hospital
717 Government Road, Black Diamond
: 403-933-6505 ext 2, ask for Gwen or Lora
Location: Okotoks Health and Wellness Centre
11 Cimarron Common, Okotoks
: 403-995-2200 (main switchboard)
587-215-7986 (ask for the Office Nurse).
If agencies have early years specific questions, contact Susan Hass:
: [email protected]