March 2017
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What's Happening in Sea to Sky...

Your Division Update

Are you taking on new patients?
Please let us know if any changes have taken place in your practice. If you have any updates (contact info, upcoming vacations, patient intake ability, etc.) please contact Kari Chambers at or 604-813-6058.

Child Youth MHSU Collaborative Looking for GP Representatives
The CYMHSU Local Action Team is seeking Family Physicians who are interested in Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use issues. There are several ways of contributing:
  • Join our Local Action Team, which meets for two hours bi-monthly with community stakeholders, and share your expertise and ideas.
  • Join one of our working groups:
    • First Nations Cultural Competency: Priorities will be evaluating the percentage of local support providers in each sector who have received FNCC and organizing FNCC Building Bridges Training event
    • Parent Survival Guide for Accessing Local Services: a parent led working group that will pull together a resource with practical tips for families navigating the CYMHSU system.
    • Youth Survival Guide for Accessing Local Service:  a youth led working group that will pull together a resource with practical tips for youth navigating the CYMHSU system.
    • Wrap Around Care: A working group that will review wrap around care projects in other communities and determine and implement the best option for wrap around care locally.
    • Community Knowledge and Capacity Building: This working group will collect and coordinate local CYMHSU related training events and help to plan, promote and coordinate this year’s training activities sponsored by the LAT.
Attend a Local Action Team (LAT) event to learn more!
Upcoming events include: Mental Health First Aid Train-the-Trainers, safeTalk Train-the-Trainers, the CYMHSU Congress, and a Youth Gathering tentatively scheduled for this spring.
Questions and referrals can be forwarded to CYMHSU Project Lead Margaret Forbes by email: or phone 604.902.3647.  Patients can also contact Margaret directly to schedule an interview if they wish to participate.

Patient Medical Home Update
At a recent meeting in Whistler, local GPs learned more about the BC Patient Medical Home model and about funding that divisions may seek to support local Patient Medical Home efforts.  The group learned about the Twelve Attributes of the model, with both Team Based Care and the need to address Information Technology emerging as areas of interest.

Whistler Member Engagement Feedback
MSK patients and their care in the community emerged as a priority population among those who attended the Patient Medical Home session in Whistler. 
Ongoing challenges around clinic EMRs & hospital based information systems communicating with one another were raised as a considerable barrier to PMH implementation, as were restrictions on PMH funding for clinical services.
(Squamish physicians will meet on March 7th for a similar presentation and discussion).

Next steps for the division will include developing Whistler and Squamish physicians’ initial PMH visions to ensure these meet funding criteria.  The Division will host further dine & learn events in April 2017 designed to expand & deepen understanding of the BC Patient Medical Home model. 
Dr. Dean Brown, former Chair of the North Shore Division of Family Practice and current GP co-lead for the North Shore’s Patient Medical Home Prototype Community project has offered to come to Squamish in early April to share his perspective as a physician involved in PMH work with you. 
Beginning Monday, March 13th we will also begin a twelve-part series of communiques around the Twelve Attributes of the BC Patient Medical Home.
A link to GPSC information on PMH can be found here.

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) Suicide Prevention Webinar
On Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 1:00-2:00pm, join Dr. Robyn McQuaid from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) to learn about CCSA’s recent report, titled Substance Use and Suicide among Youth: Prevention and Intervention Strategies. Dr. McQuaid will touch on the relationship between substance use and suicide, youth at risk for suicide, and the prevention and intervention approaches to address youth suicide and substance use.
For more information and to register, please click here.

VCH - MHSU Advisory Committee Opportunity
Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health and Substance Use has asked us to circulate information regarding an Advisory Committee they are creating in Sea to Sky. This Advisory Committee aims to target clients, family members and community partners. The Advisory Committee seeks to gain input that will support planning and decision making for MHSU services in the community. 
The next meeting for the Sea to Sky VCH Adult MHSU Advisory Committee will be taking place on Tuesday, March 14th, 3:00-5:00pm at the Squamish Public Library.
For more information or to join, please contact Kirsten Ellingson at 604
-966-8872 or   


Select Standing Committee on Health - Final Report
The Select Standing Committee on Health (the Committee) undertook two consultations in 2014-15 and 2016 to ask British Columbians for input related to maintaining the sustainability and quality of B.C.’s health care system. In this final report, the Committee makes 59 recommendations in regards to the following areas
of inquiry:

  • How can we improve health and health care services in rural British Columbia? In particular, what long-term solutions can address the challenges of recruitment and retention of health care professionals in rural British Columbia?
  • How can we create a cost-effective system of primary and community care built around interdisciplinary teams?
  • How can we enhance the effectiveness of addiction recovery programs?
The complete report, including the 59 recommendations can be found here.

Squamish Men's Shed Launch
The Men’s Shed movement started in Australia in 2007, expanding their tradition of backyard sheds into collaborative, communal spaces. In 2016, Sea to Sky Community Services in partnership with the Squamish Senior Citizens Home Society and community allies, developed a similar program for Squamish. The Men's Shed is available to males 55+ and is located beside the Cedars & the Manor at 38201 3rd Avenue.
Please see the attached poster for more info or check out their website at
The official launch of the Men's Shed is taking place Friday, March 24th from 12:00-2:00pm at the Shed.

Member News & Events

Tuesday, March 7th
Member Engagement Session
Sea to Sky Hotel
40330 Tantalus Way

Friday, March 31st
CSC Meeting

April 2017
PMH Dine & Learn
Squamish & Whistler

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