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The CBFHT has developed and implemented a wide variety of in-office programs and initiatives to ensure a more efficient and effective health care program. Below is a list of the programs and services that are offered.
With the growing rates of obesity in Canada, we have received funding to design a program which will stop the problem before it starts. The Healthy Active Families Program, which began in winter 2013, focuses on obesity prevention primarily through activity guidelines and healthy eating. The clinic currently offers a prenatal information session for healthy active living during pregnancy, infant feeding and immunization, and a session for parents on healthy nutrition and solid feeding for babies 6-12 months. See below for specific information about prenatal and feeding solids program schedules.
Promoting mom’s health sets the stage for a healthy baby. This 90 minutes session for expectant mothers covers what medical care you can expect throughout your pregnancy as well as education on healthy nutrition and exercise during pregnancy, feeding your infant, and infant and childhood immunization. You will receive a packet chock full of information resources to help you prepare for the arrival of your new baby as well as infant feeding after the birth. The workshop is led by a Registered Dietitian and Health Educator. Expectant fathers also welcome to attend. Please note this single session is not meant to replace a Childbirth Education Program. To register, please contact 905-456-7111 at least one week prior to the class date. Location is in the 2nd floor waiting room.
Infants need to start eating solid food by six months of age, but it can be a challenge. Attend this 90 minute class to learn how to approach initial solid feeding, food choices, portions, and what to introduce into your baby’s diet between 6-12 months of age. The session is led by a Registered Dietitian. Even if your baby is younger than 6 months, attending this session allows you to plan ahead. To register, call 905-456-7111 at least one week prior to the class date.
The Diabetes Program, which was developed in 2011, provides education and regular monitoring to all patients with type 2 diabetes in order to prevent complications. The program is team run by a Physician, a Certified Diabetes Educator/Pharmacist, a NP, a RN, a RD, a Health Educator and an Administrator. To become part of this program, an individual needs to be referred by their physician or an allied health professional. They are then invited to participate in our Diabetes Group Session, which focuses on disease management, and attend quarterly Diabetes Management Clinics for team-based individualized care.
Attending Diabetes Clinics involves seeing several members of the allied health team (Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurse, Health Educator, and Pharmacist) in addition to your family doctor. This approach allows for more in-depth discussion about dietary needs, physical activity, understanding your medications, psychosocial wellness and staying up to date with various measurements and exams. The goal of this comprehensive approach is to help you avoid complications, or treat them as early as possible. Visits take approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours, four times a year. Your physician will refer you to make an appointment for one of their clinics every three months. When making an appointment, you will receive a pamphlet that tells you what to expect at your appointment and what you need to do to prepare for your visit, such as having your lab work done one week in advance. See the home website page for upcoming clinics this month, or call to inquire about dates and times.
Small group sessions are held monthly and are especially targeted to newly diagnosed patients and those wishing to get back on track in managing their Type 2 diabetes. The format for the session is a 90 minute interactive class led by two members of the CBFHT. They use a the Conversation MapTM technique which involves participation of every person in the class, so the focus is relevant to their questions and concerns. It is a fun, informal way to learn more about how diabetes works and how to manage its effects on your on-going health. Sessions are held in the first floor CBFHT office. To register, call 905-456-7111
The Central Brampton Family Health Team, in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, has developed the Hypertension Program to help patients with high blood pressure manage their condition. This goal is achieved through following the current Canadian hypertension management guidelines, and education surrounding proper medication use and improved quality of life via diet, obesity, and exercise management. The program is delivered and supported by a knowledgeable interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurse practitioners, an RN, an RPN, an RD, a pharmacist and a health educator. To enrol is simple. If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, your physician will offer you the program and explain the consent process. After signing a consent form, the individual will visit with a nurse practitioner to assess their blood pressure and their hypertension care knowledge. Based on these assessments, program support from appropriate team members and educational material will be provided.
The Smoking Cessation Program, which is offered by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Ministry of Health Promotion, guides an individual through the cessation via education and program support. The education focuses on barriers to quitting, behavioural strategies to cope with craving, pharmacotherapy, and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Nicotine Replacement Therapy and counselling will be provided to individuals as studies have shown that combining the two significantly improves the chances of successfully quitting. All counselling is conducted by health care professionals who have trained through Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health (TEACH), and thus employ a goal directed and patient centered approach.
Our prenatal obstetrical care services are provided by three Central Brampton Family Health physicians. They are:
These physicians accept referrals from both CBFHT physicians and outside physicians.
Our social workers help individuals and families with mental health issues that include:
The primary focus of our social work services is to improve the mental health of our patients through assessment, goal setting, and intervention. Our social workers provide short-term counseling services of 6-8 sessions, and employ a Psychotherapeutic model many individuals find helpful after just one or two sessions. Group sessions will also be provided. For patients needing support beyond the scope of the services we offer, social workers will collaborate with community agencies, utilize local resources, and facilitate access to these resources. Social worker services are free of charge and are covered by OHIP.
UPCOMING PROGRAM: Rise Up Depression Self-Management Program
Is your low mood stopping you from doing things?
This small group workshop is for you if you have mild to moderate depression or recurring depression that is making it hard for you to accomplish daily tasks and activities. Our social worker will facilitate this 4 week workshop series held on consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6:30- 8:30 starting in January 2015 (Start date to be determined). The focus of the group is on self-care depression management to help improve your mood and sense of wellbeing through the use of cognitive behavioural therapy skills. Each session will focus on a different aspect of depression management:
Week # 1: Learn about depression: its causes, how it is diagnosed and treated. Also explore strategies to help enhance basic self-care and ways to increase your overall activity levels.
Week # 2: Identify and change unhelpful and unrealistic thinking patterns.
Week # 3: Discuss and develop effective problem solving skills.
Week # 4: Develop relapse prevention skills, learn relaxation exercises and how to more effectively manage stress.
Participation in this group is by referral from your CBFHT physician or social worker. If you are interested in participating, please speak to your family doctor to learn more or call 905-456-7111.
Our Dietitian provides nutrition counseling and education to both individuals and groups. The Dietitian at the CBFHT works with patients in the following programs:
The Dietitian provides education on:
To utilize these nutritional services, individuals are first referred by their doctor, nurse practitioner, or other CBFHT health professionals. Then, prior to the individual’s first scheduled appointment, they will be asked to complete a 3-day Food Record Intake form The first appointment includes a Nutritional Assessment to review their current food intake as well as dietary goals. The Dietitian will then help develop a plan and set goals for a healthier diet and lifestyle. A follow-up appointment will review any changes of diet, symptoms, behaviour, blood test results, or weight.