Community Health Programs delivers and funds a variety of community and public health services throughout the territory. Programs delivered by the Department of Health and Social Services are:
Funded Activities include:
Blood Ties Four Directions - to provide prevention, education, and support services to prevent the spread of blood borne infectious disease, including HIV and Hepatitis C.
Liard Basin Task Force - to support a Youth Counsellor position in Watson Lake which provides clinical counselling services to at-risk youth and their families, and consultation services to education and other community resources.
Yukon College - to publish Tracks newsletter.
Many Rivers Counselling & Support Services - to provide a range of counselling services and educational activities through its main office in Whitehorse, satellite offices in Dawson City, Haines Junction, Watson Lake, and itinerant services to selected communities, and to support the operation of the Outreach Van in Whitehorse and Youth Outreach Program.
Second Opinion Society - to provide a drop-in centre, supportive peer counselling and practical assistance to persons who have had, or are experiencing, mental health problems.
Yukon Communicable Disease Control
Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC), in collaboration with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada, is responsible for the prevention, monitoring, and control of all communicable diseases (both vaccine and non-vaccine preventable) throughout the Yukon. This work is carried out by Infectious Disease Nurse who provide assessment, screening, test interpretation and treatment, and engage in education (including promotion), policy and program development and epidemiological analysis. The staff of YCDC work closely with physicians and community health nurses throughout the Yukon and with several government and non-governmental agencies to reduce the incidence and spread of communicable diseases.
Environmental Health Services
Environmental Health Services (EHS) promotes care for the environment in the interest of human health. Working in conjunction with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Environmental Health Officers provide services to individuals, businesses and government. EHS provides consultation and educational services; and engages in inspection, surveillance, audits and enforcement activities in support of the regulatory program.
Mental Health Services
Mental Health Services provides assessment, treatment, consultation and referral services to individuals experiencing a range of mental health problems. Professional staff include mental health clinicians, nurses, and mental health support workers.
Mental Health Services provides services to three groups of clients: a) Adult clients diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illnesses, including clients under the Yukon Review Board; b) Adult clients who experience other diagnosable mental health; and c) children and youth
Mental Health Services also engages in a number of community mental health activities including community development, training, public awareness, and policy and program development in areas which have an impact on mental health.
Whitehorse General Hospital provides inpatient services to patients admitted for psychiatric reasons. Mental Health Services staff may also participate in the care of these patients.
Yukon Children’s Dental Program
Yukon Children’s Dental Program (YCDP) provides diagnostic, preventative, and restorative dental procedures to children from preschool up to and including grade eight in Whitehorse (where there are resident dentists) and up to grade twelve in all other communities.
The Health Promotion Unit provides or supports evidence-based, targeted health promotion and illness prevention programs and activities, to increase public awareness, support healthier decision making and lifestyles, support professional development and collaboration, and create and promote supportive environments.