Exploring Rural Health Care

Saturday October 13 – Virden (Tundra Oil & Gas Place)

Saturday October 27 – Morris (Multiplex, Crocus Room)

Registration fee of $25. This includes snacks, lunch, door prizes, multiple speakers and display tables.  This is an ideal opportunity for WI promotion and recruitment so we encourage everyone to invite a friend.

The day will run from 9:00am – 4:00pm, with registration starting at 8:15.

Exploring Rural Healthcare Manitoba Rural Women’s Day 2018

Boring or Interesting?

Why did so many participants ask us to set our focus on healthcare in the province?

And how do you know what you don’t know?

At the first Manitoba Rural Women’s Day committee meeting, in Neepawa, we were a little bit hesitant about the theme, but after some brainstorming with all the services we had heard of we found more questions than answers. We are average Manitobans so many people must not have the knowledge about:

  • How does tele health work?
  • Where are the mobile clinics and what can the do?
  • How many hospitals have a STARS landing pad?
  • What about Medical Marijuana?
  • Pharmacist only for pills or do they have other services?
  • Nurse practitioners?
  • Physician assistants?
  • Naturopath Doctor?
  • Port in the Storm
  • Big brothers and Sisters

It did not take a long time for the four of us in this committee to say wow-wow, too much that we don’t know, we need to find people to help us and speakers to explain.

So: for Manitoba Rural Women’s Day we are so exited that we have an opportunity to explore our own health services in the Rural Area.

Speakers for the day:

STARS Air Ambulance

STARS Air Ambulance

Offers time, hope and life-saving transport to critically ill and injured patients. Saving lives through partnership, innovation and leadership. Dedicated to provide a safe, rapid highly specialized emergency medical transport system for critically ill and injured.

Regional Health Authority

Regional Health Authority

Virden – Prairie Mountain Health

The Region covers a geographically large area, around 67,000 sq. kilometres. It runs east-west from Saskatchewan/Manitoba border communities like Benito, Elkhorn and Russell to Waterhen Lake, Lake Manitoba and Treherne. From north-south, the region runs from the 53rd parallel north of Mafeking and close to Dawson Bay, right down to the United States border near communities like Melita, Deloraine, Boissevain, Killarney and Cartwright.

Morris – Southern Health

Southern Health-Santé Sud is a designated bilingual Regional Health Authority located in southern Manitoba, covering an area over 27 025 square kilometers wherein vibrant communities thrive including: 20 Rural Municipalities, 7 Municipalities, 4 cities, 4 towns, 1 village and 1 unorganized territory; 7 First Nation communities and many other cultures and communities including Métis, Hutterite, Francophone and Mennonite. With this rich tapestry of diversity, we are proud to serve over 201,025 residents, the fastest growing population in Manitoba.

What Is Laughter Yoga?

What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter yoga is a unique concept where anyone can laugh without reason. It is called laughter yoga because it combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing (pranayama breathing). It can bring measurable physiological changes like oxygen levels in the blood, muscle relaxation, blood circulation and release serotonin (feel-good hormones) in the body.

Kaycelyn Rosales-Knight is an early childhood educator, a yoga teacher and has been teaching kids yoga since 2010. Kaycelyn grew up in Toronto and she is an adventure seeker. She has travelled the world learning and teaching yoga. She now lives in Hamiota, Manitoba, a small rural farming community, where she is spreading the love of yoga. The adventure continues as she travels with her family.

What Is Naturopathic Medicine?

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits.

Dr. Janice Fyfe, ND  IBCLC is a licensed Naturopathic doctor with the Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). She maintains a general practice with a focus on women’s health, fertility, prenatal and postnatal care, breastfeeding, menopause, cardiovascular and blood sugar regulation. She has experience working with patients including but not limited to arthritis, anxiety, auto-immune disease, inflammatory bowel disorder, allergies, fatigue, migraines, muscle tension, digestive concerns, insomnia, PCOS, weight concerns, and thyroid disorders. Dr. Fyfe respects the importance of patients understanding their condition and course of treatment and encourages them to participate in their care. She is dedicated to helping her patients achieve their health goals and believes that collaborative care is the most effective and efficient way to achieve and maintain wellness.

Dr.Mindy Campbell is a Naturopathic Doctor with a practice in Brandon, Manitoba.   At her clinic, Deep Roots Medicine, she works with her patients to provide solutions that move each person toward their individual, optimal state of health.  She recognizes that when we feel better, we live better. Through conferences, seminars, and workshops, covering topics such as mind-body medicine, inflammation, fertility, environmental medicine, cancer care, food sensitivities, digestive issues, and advanced medical herbalism, Dr. Campbell continues to integrate new knowledge to be able to help her patients to the best of her abilities.

Your Local Pharmacist

Your local Pharmacist

Virden – Mark Mercure

Mark is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and Extended Practice Pharmacist with Super Thrifty Drugs. He began his career with Super Thrifty in 2008 and worked as a relief pharmacist for a time before becoming the pharmacy manager of Pharma-Medic Services in Brandon. Pharma-Medic Services proudly provided Consulting Pharmacy Services to the 5 Long Term Care Facilities in Brandon for over 40 years. As manager, Mark had the opportunity to participate in the care of the 597 residents of Personal Care Homes, which was a perfect fit for his abilities as a specialist in Geriatric Pharmacy.  Mark has also been a guest lecturer at Brandon University for students in the Nursing Program.

Morris – Nathan Friesen

Nathan graduated from U of M in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in pharmacy. He worked for 3 years in Steinbach both in a retail setting as well as in the hospital. He was trained in the provision of chemotherapy and provided pharmaceutical services in the Steinbach cancer care program. Nathan moved to Morris and took over as owner of the Super Thrifty Pharmacy. He is trained to administer injections and vaccinations such as Vitamin B12, tetanus, Pneumonia vaccine, shingles vaccines, Depo-Provera, flu shots, and many others. Also trained to prescribe for smoking cessation products, for minor ailments such as Athletes foot, Thrush, Pink eye, Allergic rhinitis, nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, poison ivy and other skin rashes, acne, and mouth ulcers.

Port in the Storm

What is “Port in the Storm”?

A Port in the Storm is a safe haven for rural and northern adults living in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. Our goal is to reduce the financial burden of serious illness on those who must travel to and remain in Winnipeg to receive medical care. It is ‘a place to call home’.

Heather Emerson Proven is a mother of 3, grandmother of 6 and a teacher. She is the past recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Elementary Classroom Teacher of the year award.  She resides on an acreage in rural Manitoba. Has been a board member of A Port in the Storm since 2000 and am presently the secretary on the board.

Dr. Rachel Herron

Dr. Rachel Herron is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Brandon University and a Canada Research Chair in Rural and Remote Mental Health. The overarching goal of her research is to work with rural communities, students, researchers and policy makers to create more supportive environments for people living with dementia and mental health conditions.

Manitoba Rural Women’s Day is an annual event, which started in 2016, with a different focus each year.

We encourage women of all ages, members and non-members, to attend for the purpose of discussing issues important to women and families. This is intended to be a day of learning, networking, inspiration, and opportunity to open your mind to new ideas and feel empowered. This event provides rural women the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other women.