CACHCA celebrates family physician contributions to health care in Canada

October 11 -16 is Family Doctor Week in Canada. The Canadian Alliance of Community Health Centre Associations (CACHCA) joins others in celebrating the contributions of family physicians to the health of Canadians.

Family physicians play a critical role at Canada’s diverse Community Health Centres (CHCs), bringing medical expertise to bear in a healthcare team setting. This collaborative practice with nurse practitioners, nurses, nutritionists, dental hygienists, traditional healers, social workers, counsellors and other care providers and health program staff translates into the right type of care, at the right time for CHC clients and communities. It also enables family physicians to refine and enhance their practice, focusing on individual health conditions, as well as the broader determinants of health that exist in the community. This blend of interprofessional collaboration and social, community-oriented medicine is why many CHC family physicians say that the CHC model allows them to practice family and community medicine “as it was meant to be”.

In addition to celebrating the contributions of all family physicians during this week, CACHCA congratulates the recipients of Canada’s “Family Physicians of the Year” awards for 2010. Among those receiving special recognition for their physician leadership are two Community Health Centre physicians, from Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.

Dr. Carla Eisenhauer, a family doctor at the Saskatoon Community Clinic CHC, has been honoured as Saskatchewan’s 2010 Family Physician of the Year.

Dr. Jennifer Hall, a family doctor at St. Joseph’s Community Health Centre, in Saint John, has been honoured as New Brunswick’s 2010 Family Physician of the Year.

Both were recognized last week by their respective provincial chapters of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Along with their fellow recipients, they will be presented their awards today, (October 15th), at a special ceremony of the College of Family Physicians, in Vancouver.

Eisenhauer and Hall join a list of proud CHC family physicians who have been recognized in past years as Canada’s family physicians of the year. Please join CACHCA in congratulating them and their fellow award recipients, along with all of the dedicated and talented family physicians practicing in Canada’s growing number of Community Health Centres.