About Wellness Wheel
Wellness Wheel implements and delivers an innovative, community-based model for the prevention, treatment and coordination of care for communicable and complex chronic disease and mental health and addictions. WW team members provide patient, family, and community focused care.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada calls for addressing the inequitable gaps in the health of Indigenous peoples by acknowledging historic trauma as a principal determinant of Indigenous health and restoring capacity for the implementation of Indigenous Traditional Ways of Knowing (TRC, 2015). The Cultural Responsiveness Framework provides a crucial blueprint to guide Wellness Wheel.
In some cases, poor treatment may be the result of systemic, institutional or individual racism; in other instances, its simply due to misunderstanding, miscommunication and a general lack of awareness of, and respect for, Indigenous peoples, their histories, traditions, values and belief systems (FSIN, 2013).
WW supports a renewed public health system in Saskatchewan that is inclusive and respectful of First Nations and Métis peoples promoting an advanced quality of life and well-being through equitable access to prevention, treatment and coordination of care
Our mission is to improve and promote the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of Indigenous individuals, families and communities within Saskatchewan and beyond. In partnership with First Nations and Metis communities, we are committed to transformative research and culturally responsive health services that applies Indigenous knowledges and practices.
Wellness Wheel is a unique model that has been developed based on engagement with First Nations community members, leaders, and healthcare providers based on the need to find a better way to improve health outcomes for Indigenous people in Saskatchewan. Our Wellness Wheel network is comprised of an integrated and holistic multidisciplinary team of professionals focused on providing services and programming involving four interrelated pieces of this innovative care model:
Medical & Wellness Services
Our experienced, multidisciplinary team of practitioners provides integrated primary, specialist and traditional and contemporary care for chronic, complex and communicable disease. Services are delivered locally in the First Nations communities we serve to provide improved access to care. Our team strives to achieve high quality, client-centered care that respects and supports cultural diversity – and is culturally safe. We focus on true engagement in the community to inform our care on the ground.
Health Education & Outreach
To increase engagement, further empower and build capacity with the First Nation individuals, families and communities we serve, we work with communities to plan health events which include screening and testing, provision of health information and methods of reducing harm. We truly believe our model of care is better because of the level of connection we have with our clients and communities to build understanding of their issues in support of breaking down stigmas and supporting improvement in their health outcomes. We are supporting Indigenous people in taking control of their health and quality of life.
Research & Data Management
Our research team members evaluate and expand our community development programs and ensure that the care we are providing through our innovative network model is realizing improved outcomes for First Nations people in Saskatchewan. Through research and evaluation, we can better support expanding on programming needs, sharing knowledge translation to build community capacity, and support other practitioners and communities that are interested in implementing a similar model. In addition, we are supporting the First Nation communities we work with to manage their data in compliance with OCAP® principles.
Policy & Program Development & Advisory
Through our innovative network model, we support stakeholders on health system and associated policy changes required for providing better care to Indigenous people in Saskatchewan in order to realize improved outcomes, address existing barriers and stigmas, and ultimately equitable access to care for all Indigenous people.