Historically, Township of White River and Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg; formally known as Pic Mobert First Nation, have lacked aspects of health care being provide in their respective communities. The Township of White River CAO/Clerk and Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg Band Manager along with their Economic Development Officers (EDO) came together to explore a vision of offering quality care to patients within their respective communities. The opportunity for funding for a Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic (NPLC) became available as a result of the 4 key stakeholder’s proposal submission. A revised proposal was approved.
A diabetes educator, a dietician and counselling services are provided at the Northern Neighbours Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic. These service providers travel to White River from Wawa.
As for Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg, they have a variety of health care services available. They lack consistent primary care in their community. In the past, a physician from the Marathon Family Health Team travelled to Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg one day per month, except in the summer months. The Marathon Family Health Team has since increased health services by providing a doctor on site twice per month.
The Dilico Anishinabek Family Care travelling team travels to the community of Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg 2 days per month, providing the community access to the following health care providers:
- Two (2) Nurse Practitioners;
- An RPN;
- Two (2) Social Workers;
- A dietician;
- A chiropodist;
- A psychologist;
- Two (2) Mental Health Nurses;
- A pharmacist; and
- Two (2) community Registered Nurses.