Health Department

Health Department

The Shuswap Band Health Department is located above the Community Hall at 4846 Athalmer Rd, Invermere (location of the former Territorial Stewardship office). The Shuswap Band is pleased to offer several confidential services to our membership, along with various programs and events. We are available for your physical and mental well-being needs.

Shuswap Band Contacts:

In case of emergency, please call 9-1-1

Health Department Phone Number: 250-341-7786
This phone will be monitored during business hours
9:00 am – 4:00 pm MST – Monday to Friday

Fax Number: 778 526 8329

Danielle Armstrong
Health Director
778-526-8324
darmstrong@shuswapband.ca

Melissa Addis
778-526-8325
Community Nurse
maddis@shuswapband.ca

Kelsey Moir
778-526-8325
Community Liaison
kguse@shuswapband.ca


Monthly Service Days:

Please contact the Health Department directly to book: 250-341-7786

Doctor – Dr. Mannheimer is available for appointments every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 9 am – 12 pm

Naturopath – Dr. Baker provides visits to his clinic once a month

Aboriginal Dietician – Monthly Visits – Dietary education, diabetic care, chronic disease management, etc.

Physiotherapist – as needed/referred by professional; Monthly Visits – Education/individual appointments around movement, safety, diet, chronic disease management, etc.

Massage Therapy – Every Wednesday – A professional blend of techniques, including the stimulation of trigger points, clearing your mind and body.

Certified Foot Care – Every 6 weeks – Foot and toenail care – Learn how to keep your feet healthy, etc. 

Dental Hygienist

Criminal Justice Support – Fridays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Other Available Services:

  • Nursing Assessment, Care Management, Nursing Care
  • Home Support Services
  • Fully functional Primary Care Clinic
  • Dietician Support
  • Vaccination Clinics
  • Facilitation for Substance Use Treatment/medical follow-up
  • Medical Transportation
  • Dental health outreach monthly
  • Mental Health Support – weekly counselling available on site
  • Confidential pregnancy testing
  • Safe sex education and supplies
  • Mobile mammography on-site annually
  • Winter snowshoe lending (various sizes)
  • Referral services to other health professionals
  • Certified Harm Reduction Site for the Valley, including Fentanyl testing strips and training available
  • Nursing Assessment, Care Management, Nursing Care
  • Home Support Services
  • Fully functional Primary Care Clinic
  • Dietician Support
  • Vaccination Clinics
  • Facilitation for Substance Use Treatment/medical follow-up
  • Medical Transportation
  • Dental health outreach monthly
  • Mental Health Support – weekly counselling available on site
  • Confidential pregnancy testing
  • Mobile mammography on-site annually
  • Winter snowshoe lending (various sizes)
  • Referral services to other health professionals
  • Certified Harm Reduction Site for the Valley, including Fentanyl testing strips and training available
  • Health food boxes every 2 weeks

Programs

  • Healthy Food Box – every two weeks – provides healthy fruits and vegetables to community members. The cost is $5 per box (maximum 1 per household).
  • Homemakers
  • Elder freezer meals every Wednesday
  • Preschool subsidy
  • Wellness Day – twice annually
  • Drum Making
  • Take-Home Naloxone Program – The Shuswap Band is one of the Certified distribution sites for Naloxone Harm Reduction Supplies, Fentanyl, and safe sex supplies.  Take-Home Naloxone Centres in the Columbia Valley registered with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)! This program is an overdose prevention program for anybody using opioid medications. If anyone is interested in learning about this program, please call the Health Department – at 250-341-7786.

Key Support Numbers:

KUU-US Crisis Line – 24 hr Indigenous-run Helpline – 1-800-588-8717

Indian Residential School Survivors Society – 1-800-721-0066

Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society – support line for those struggling with addiction, substance misuse and trauma – 1-888-403-3123

Hope For Wellness Helpline – offers 24 hr immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous people across Canada

BC Suicide Crisis Line – 1-833-456-4566

First Nations Doctor of the Day – Referral Support – 1-855-344-3800

FNHA Mental Wellness Contact – 1-833-751-2525 / IRSupports@fnha.ca

Jordan’s Principle Call Centre 1-855-JP-CHILD

Invermere RCMP – 250-342-9292

Support for Tobacco Use: www.quitnow.ca or call 1-877-455-2233

Links:

Lifeguard App:

Our goal is to reduce harm and prevent unintentional deaths for people of all ages. Our team has pioneered apps that were developed in response to the opioid crisis, which is now a global problem, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic and health & safety concerns in senior care centers. We are on the leading edge of research, development, clinical trials, and implementation of digital solutions aimed at harm reduction for various public health challenges.

For more information on this app, please visit: https://lifeguarddh.com/