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Organization: Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre  
Phone Numbers: 519-672-4079
Toll-Free: 1-877-672-4079
Fax: 519-672-6945
Email: info@soahac.on.ca
Website: www.soahac.on.ca
Address:
425-427 William St
London, ON
N6B 3E1
Intersection: William St and Dundas St
Location: London (Central)
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Administration: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Executives: Brian Dokis - Executive Director
519-914-1858 * bdokis@soahac.on.ca
Gertie Mai Muise - Associate Director
519-914-1858 * gmuise@soahac.on.ca
Service Description: Health centre focused on family and community health * health professionals assess and treat non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses * referrals to other local health services and personal development groups available on and off reserves

Community-led health teams develop programs to improve the social supports and conditions that affect long-term health * culturally appropriate programs and services for Aboriginals, combining traditional healing and Western medical practices

Anishnawbe Ayaadiziwin - Mental health and addictions services for children and youth *counseling * arts-based activities and cultural teaching * one-to-one peer mentorship * Wholistic Knowledge Sharing Circle in partnership with Child and Parent Resource Institute * Outreach programs based on community consultation in London, Chippewas of the Thames, Munsee-Delaware First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, Sarnia, Aamjiwnaang, Kettle and Stony Point, Moraviantown, and Caldwell First Nation

Clinical Services - Health care services for Aboriginal clients of all ages * access to a Nurse Practitioner who collaborates with a doctor to promote wellness, prevent illness, provide care for common concerns and manage ongoing chronic conditions * traditional and western practices offered

Diabetes Education Services -  Supports for people living with Type 2 diabetes, prediabetes or at high-risk for developing diabetes * one-on-one or group consultation on monitoring blood sugar levels, medications, healthy eating, exercise, and other lifestyle choices * diabetes nurse educator, registered practical nurse specializing in foot care and registered dietitian on staff * classes and workshops offered in some locations

Maternal Child Health Nutrition Program - Nutrition and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) education for the Aboriginal community in London and Chippewas of the Thames * group education only on topics as follows: nutrition for children and youth, pregnancy, breastfeeding, general healthy eating, healthy lifestyles and wellness, shopping and cooking * Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder education and support available for individuals * FASD Community Support Group offered in London * Community Capacity Training available for front-line workers

Mental Health Services for Adults - Mental health counselling and support, transitional case management, family social work, addictions counselling * includes crisis intervention, planning and prevention, assessments and screening, individual and family counselling, Teaching Circles * topics may include: self-care, grief and loss, abuse trauma and intergenerational trauma * services offered in London, Chippewas of the Thames and Owen Sound

Supporting Aboriginal Seniors at Home (SASH) - Serves patients 55 and older in London, Chippewas of the Thames and Owen Sound * access to Nurse Practitioner for primary care services in clinic or home for patients in London and Chippewas of the Thames regions * access to Aboriginal Patient Navigator to help clients find way through complex health systems, identify barriers to care and providers referrals and linkages to other services * access to Senior's Health Advocate or Traditional Healing Coordinator to advocate for appropriate contemporary and traditional care and culturally safe care

Tele-Mental Health - access to specialized mental health consults for children and youth in rural, remote and underserved communities through videoconferencing * culturally-appropriate services

Traditional Healing - Aboriginal healing methods to restore balance and connectedness * holistic approach to individual, family, and community health * one-on-one sessions with Traditional Healer/Elder and Shkaabewis (Helper), group programs, including specialized cultural teachings, ceremonies or other learning events * available in London, Chippewas of the Thames and Owen Sound

Traditional Healthy Lifestyles - Health promotion and education in supportive group settings * Healthy Kids Program for children and youth * health promotion and awareness on topics such as diabetes, smoking cessation, nutrition, and physical activity * incorporates traditional indigenous knowledge and practice, including access to Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers, special events, and expertise of Indigenous health practitioners * available in London, Chippewas of the Thames and surrounding communities

Fees: Free
Application: Call * no referral required
Eligibility - Population(s) Served: Aboriginal community
Languages: English
Language Note: Indigenous language interpretation available upon request
Area(s) Served: London, Owen Sound, Windsor, Bruce County, Essex County, Grey County, Lambton County, Middlesex County (Map)
See Also: Aboriginal Health Centres and Programs
Community Support Services

This information was last completely updated on 1/12/2016

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About Us
Our Vision: A healthy balanced life through mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.

Our Mission: To empower Aboriginal families and individuals to live a balanced state of well-being by sharing and promoting holistic health practices.