Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre
The Meno Ya Win Health Centre is a state-of-the-art hospital that was opened in 2010. The hospital serves a catchment area of approximately 30,000 people.
The hospital provides extended services to the public and research and education opportunities for the medical sector. The hospital also works closely with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Sioux Lookout Healthy Community Task Force (HCTF)
In November 2011, the Northwestern Health Unit and the Kenora-Rainy River Child & Family Services (Sioux Lookout branch), jointly made a presentation to the Sioux Lookout Municipal Council on the community challenges and social ills associated with substance misuse in Sioux Lookout, and requested that Council support an initiative to develop a "made-in-Sioux-Lookout" Community Drug Strategy consisting of a 4 Pillar Model (prevention, treatment, enforcement and harm reduction) to combat these challenges via the assembly of local service providers and community organizations.
Council, while acknowledging that the Municipality itself doesn't directly have a mandate to address such issues, nor does it have the in-house expertise to develop such a strategy, recognized that the development of a community-driven strategy would benefit the entire community by helping to provide the necessary supports to individuals with addiction issues, and by helping to create a safer, healthier community for all residents and visitors. To this end, Council included the development of a community-driven strategy in its 2012-2016 Strategic Plan.
Since January 2012, the Municipality's liaison to the Task Force has facilitated ongoing discussions with a growing group of individuals representing a cross-section of community agencies, including social service, mental health, justice and other organizations with related mandates.
Over a series of meetings, the group agreed that the scope of this initiative would need to widen if a truly holistic and comprehensive Strategy was to be realized. Therefore, considerations relative to mental health and justice were included in the mandate of the Ad Hoc Committee, and the name "Healthy Community Task Force" (HCTF) was adopted to reflect the ultimate goal of this initiative, namely: to reduce the incidence and impact of substance abuse as it relates to the social and health problems in our community - in short, to put measures and supports in place to develop a healthier community for all.