Thanks to a Volunteer Association/Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE Grant, renal patients now have access to new tuck-away belts that comfortably and safely house the patient’s catheter, keep it clean between uses, and hold it in the appropriate position on the abdomen. Over 100 belts have been purchased to provide to patients who can’t afford them. As well, aging hemodialysis machines are replaced annually through grants from the Health Sciences Foundation.
P.A.R.T.Y. program is based out of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center. This valuable prevention program offers education and awareness on important topics affecting youth health, such as: alcohol & substance use/abuse, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, texting while driving, injury survivor stories, emergency medical services, morgue and trauma room tours, and a police presentation. P.A.R.T.Y. program provides youth with information that focuses on issues relevant to their specific needs.
The P.A.R.T.Y. program has many partners in the community and is continually expanding its partnerships. Current community partners include: Sister Margaret Treatment Centre, Ministry Of Transportation Ontario, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Thunder Bay Counselling Center, Thunder Bay Police, Superior North EMS, Regional Coroner’s office, Northwest CCAC, St. John’s Ambulance, Red Cross, Ontario Provincial Police, and Northwest CHC.
The P.A.R.T.Y. program has presented in a variety of settings including most commonly on site at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center itself but also in various high schools in the area. P.A.R.T.Y. program is currently being developed through telemedicine, which is a telecommunication service used to provide live audio and video feeds in educating remote communities in the region. The program will continue to expand to reach surrounding areas, which include many of our northern communities. The P.A.R.T.Y. program is once again being offered in French, with several bilingual supporters, is working towards the conversion of all parts of the presentation and pamphlets into the French format.
Shonath Kajorinne, the program coordinator, has extensive experience as a nurse in the emergency department at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center. She has witnessed youth trauma both on the unit and in her personal life. Her passion and P.A.R.T.Y. programs’ vision is to provide youth education to reduce the number of alcohol and risk related traumas that occur each year. By focusing on the prevention, party program aims to stop youth injuries and injury-related death as they are both predictable and preventable. Through education, knowledge, and tools, P.A.R.T.Y. program empowers youth to make wise choices that will encourage a healthier community tomorrow.