The Regional Health Services Act requires Health Authorities to establish one or more Community Advisory Networks (CANs) to help facilitate consultation with and input from local communities. CANs advise the Authority on broad issues related to the health of the community, and assist the Authority to understand the needs and priorities of communities and their residents.
PNRHA's policy around Community Advisory Networks reflects the diverse nature of CANs in Prairie North Health Region. The policy recognizes and supports existing organizations as CANS or accepts new groups created by communities themselves, within the Community Advisory Network framework, rather than focusing solely on creation of CANs by the Region.
The Meadow Lake & Area Community Health Advisory Network (CHAN) was established by Prairie North Regional Health Authority (PNRHA) to strengthen communication between the community and health care providers, and to assist with retention of health care providers. CHAN committee members are volunteers with an interest in improving local health services. Comments regarding delivery of health care services in Meadow Lake and area are welcome and can be addressed to:
Members of the Lakeland Regional CHAN committee are selected through a public nomination process and are appointed representing the communities of Edam, Glaslyn, Livelong, Mervin, Spruce Lake, St. Walburg, Thunderchild First Nation, and Turtleford. The committee consists of a maximum of 15 members, and are formally appointed by PNRHA. The Lakeland Regional CHAN operates independentkly, but liaises with the PNRHA Board and administration and is acfcountable to the PNRHA Board.
Prairie North Regional Health Authority also welcomes the input of health advisory committees that are established and maintained at the local level but are not accountable to the RHA Board. Membership on these committees does not require formal appointment by the RHA. These committees include: