Component: IHWS – Promotion and Prevention

Legislation: Ministry of Community and Social Services Act

Service objectives

  • Support equitable access for urban and rural Indigenous communities to primary health and healing services and programs
  • Address immediate and long-term health and healing needs with families who have experienced violence
  • Improve the overall health and well-being of Indigenous communities

Service description

  • The Health Outreach Worker program combines traditional and mainstream approaches for the benefit of urban and rural Indigenous communities
  • Program workers offer intervention strategies and traditional and cultural supports to clients, but also provide advocacy and systems navigation to ensure equitable access to primary healthcare providers

People served

  • Indigenous individuals, families and children

Program / Service Features

The Program/Services contracted by the Ministry will reflect the following features

  • Indigenous cultural approaches are reflected or used as a part of the activities and services
  • Programming and services are culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and strengths-based and reflect the individual, family and/or community needs

Specific service provided may include

Client-specific services

  • 1-on-1 services: supports are provided to an individual, such as peer/counselling, home visits, service navigation, advocacy, referrals and aftercare

Group activities

  • Therapeutic and/or healing supports provided in a group and/or family- based setting, such as healing/cultural teachings, support groups, peer/counselling, traditional/ cultural activities or small workshops, and land-based activities

Community outreach, engagement & relationship-building

  • Community outreach, engagement and relationship-building activities are offered to the community-at-large and oriented towards reducing and preventing family violence and improving Indigenous health
  • Activities may include workshops, public presentations and information sessions, public awareness and education campaigns, community and cultural events/fairs (e.g., attending pow-wows), networking, and fitness and/or recreational activities

Reporting requirements

The following service data will be reported on at an Interim and Final stage. Please refer to your final agreement for report back due dates and targets.

Service Data NameDefinition

# of Individuals: Received Client-Specific Services: HOW

Unique, or unduplicated, count of individuals that received/accessed 1-on-1 client-specific services during the reporting period.
Each unique individual is counted only once per reporting period even if they received multiple services. If the individual carries into the next fiscal year, the individual is counted again in the new reporting period.

See Service description for further details and examples of client-specific services.

# of Client-Specific Services: HOW

The total number of 1-on-1 client-specific services provided to individuals during the reporting period.

For example, if an individual accessed counselling five times in the reporting period, this would be counted as five. See Service description for further details and examples of client-specific services.

# of Group Activities: HOW

The number of group activities delivered during the reporting period. Each activity held in the reporting period should be counted as 1.

If a group activity is jointly organized/funded with another IHWS program, only one program should report the group activity (to be decided by the service provider). The program that reports the group activity should also report the total number of individuals who attended that group activity under the “Number of Individuals: Accessed Group Activities: HOW”.

If group activities are not provided through your IHWS- funded program, put “0”. See Service description for further details and examples of group activities.

# of Individuals: Accessed Group Activities: HOW

The total number of individuals who took part in group activities offered during the reporting period. The same individual can be counted more than once if they participate in more than one group activity in the same reporting period. The total number of participants for each group activity is added to calculate the total number of individuals who took part in group activities in the reporting period. For example, if an individual attends four group activities in a reporting period, count four (4). If a group activity is jointly organized/funded with another IHWS program, only one program should report the group activity (to be decided by the service provider). The program that reported the group activity (to be decided by the service provider) is responsible for reporting the total number of individuals who accessed the group activity under this data element. Do not include participants of the group activities that were not reported in “Number of Group Activities: HOW”. If group activities are not provided through your IHWS- funded program, put “0”. See Service description for further details and examples of group activities.

# of Community Outreach, Engagement & Relationship Building Activities: HOW

The total number of community outreach, engagement & relationship building activities delivered through the Health Outreach Worker program during the reporting period. Each activity should be counted as 1. See Service description for further details and examples of community outreach, engagement & relationship building activities.

Ministry- funded Agency Expenditures: HOW

Total ministry-funded expenses for the Transfer Payment Recipient to administer and/or deliver the Health Outreach Worker program in the reporting year (cumulative).