Nisga'a Valley Health logo
Health Authority

Cultural & Community Health

CCHR's work very closely with nurses and others in healthcare teams to help improve and maintain the spiritual, physical, intellectual, social and emotional well-being of individuals, families and their communities. Under the direction of health care professionals, they may provide services in all or some of the following areas:

  • health promotion and education
  • client care
  • health protection
  • community advocacy
  • cultural liaison
  • administration

For example, community health representatives may:

  • assist with organizing health education workshops
  • design or help create culturally appropriate education resources
  • conduct home visits to build relationships with community members and provide information and support
  • assist with providing health promotion and injury prevention services such as prenatal classes, elders' luncheons or health conferences
  • assist in infant and adult immunization programs
  • monitor clients who have chronic diseases
  • conduct home visits, and coordinate the Good Food Box program
  • Deliver prescriptive medicines to elders with no other help available.
  • assist with health screening programs such as scheduling regular mammogram appointments for women, pre-school screening, and TB screening
  • implement school-based programs such as head checks and Project Charlie
  • refer clients and families to appropriate resources and services, and help them overcome any access barriers
  • recommend improvements regarding the delivery of health care
  • act as a liaison and collaborate with community leaders, agencies and service providers
  • assist with coordinating or facilitating community health initiatives such as healthy babies programs
  • monitor the safety of the community's water supply
  • provide information about personal hygiene, safe food handling, safe water quality and waste disposal
  • assist in the investigation of communicable disease outbreaks and provide information, screening, and follow-up
  • assist in housing inspections, emergency preparedness and disaster planning, and helping to plan and provide necessary support at special or planned events (for example, special assemblies, feasts, conferences, etc.)
  • translate or describe routine medical processes and procedures for clients or interpret cultural practices or beliefs for health care professionals
  • assist in developing partnerships with community-based agencies or external health care providers

Your CCHR's are:

  • New Aiyansh - Florence Nisyok
  • Gitwinksihlkw - Christine Paul
  • Laxgalts'ap - Marylou McKay, Karon McKay
  • Gingolx - Tanya Stanley

For more information or to request assistance in any of the above areas, click here to contact the CCHR in your community.

Our Mission

NVHA believes in working together with health practitioners, Nisga'a Lisims Government, Village Governments, other funding agencies, and neighbours to share collective knowledge…


Nisga'a Valley Health Authority (NVHA) is committed to improving the health of our people, our communities, and our Nation. Effective health service delivery is key to improving…

Non-Insured Health Benefits

The Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (NIHB) is Health Canada's national, needs-based health benefit program that funds benefit claims for a specified range of drugs, dental…