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Wildfire Health Services Updates | Health and Social Services Authority

Visit the Newsroom for the latest updates on Services Levels.

Check the Q&A for more information in Question/Answer format.

With evacuations and impacts from wildfires in the NWT access to care and services will be a bit different than normal. See below for the best current information on what services and supports the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority has put in place. 

If you need general information about supports other than health and social services the GNWT has a comprehensive overview at www.gov.nt.ca/public-safety. You can also call NWT 811 for general information on evacuation supports. In the NWT dial 811, outside the NWT dial 1-844-259-1793. For health information, call 811 in the receiving Province of Evacuation.



  • Primary care clinics in Calgary are prepared to care for the primary care needs of evacuees. If you are an evacuee in Calgary, you can use Alberta’s 811 which can help to connect you to a primary care clinic.  
  • Patients being discharged from Calgary-area hospitals who need to be connected to a primary care practitioner will be connected with a local provider through the discharge-planning process.

Your regular pharmacy may be able to transfer your prescription from your home location to your current evacuation location, so please try this first. If you are an Alberta Blue Cross member, you can find information about services related to prescriptions here.

The following pharmacies have provided ways to follow them for updates on their status.

  • Wally’s Drugs, Fort Smith
  • Rings Pharmacy, Hay River
  • Co-op Pharmacy, Yellowknife
  • Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Yellowknife
  • Wal-Mart Pharmacy, Yellowknife
    • Call the regular number 1-833-768-1146 and a representative will be available.
  • Sutherlands Drugs, Yellowknife
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, Yellowknife
    • Pharmacy is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, all other in-store services are closed. To talk

Emergency department use and geospatial variation in social determinants of health: a pilot study from South Carolina | BMC Public Health

Study sample

The study sample included Prisma Health patients, aged 18 years or older, engaged in ambulatory care and condition management, inpatient case management, or community health in South Carolina’s central (Midlands) and northwestern (Upstate) regions. This study population constitutes initial efforts to pilot the SDoH screening within the health system.

Data sources

Prisma Health is the largest non-profit health system in South Carolina and treats about 1.4 million patients annually. Its geographic footprint covers about half of the state’s total population [32]. Census data based on the system’s geographic coverage describes the areas served by the health system as predominantly White (63.4%) with the second most common racial or ethnic group being Black (26.7%). Of individuals in this geographic area, 29.0% have a bachelor’s degree or higher (versus 32.9% nationally), 13.8% would be considered persons in poverty (versus 11.4% nationally) and 13.2% are without health insurance (versus 10.2% nationally). Median household income is $54,864 versus $64,994 nationally and areas covered have population density of 332.6 per square mile (< 500 per square mile and less than 2,500 people being rural) [32].

The data for this study came from the health system’s piloting of a digital SDoH screening and referral platform in 2020, called NowPow. NowPow is a software program, embedded within the electronic medical record (EMR), that matches patients with SDoH-related needs to local resources based on their demographic information (e.g., distance from home).

This study uses three data sources: SDoH screening information from NowPow, electronic medical record (EMR) data and geocoded patient addresses. This study was reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Prisma Health (IRB# Pro00105482) and approved as human subjects exempt. Informed consent was waived by the IRB committee, and the study was conducted in accordance to all relevant IRB guidelines.

Data was collected for

Salt Lake City’s fire department deploys social workers help address mental health needs.

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The man is deeply tanned, in his mid-sixties and lives in a park near the Jordan River. He doesn’t wear a shirt or shoes. His feet are injured and swollen.

You are concerned about the man. Does he need help? Does he have enough water to stay hydrated? What do you do when you’re concerned about a stranger’s wellbeing?

One Salt Lake City resident worried about just such a man left a message with the city that was passed on to the Salt Lake City Fire Department’s Community Health Access Team (CHAT).

Two of the teams’ members, Natasha Thomas and Sarah Bohe, responded to the referral on a July afternoon. The man was easy to find and after telling Bohe and Thomas that he was receiving treatment for his feet, he asked for a day or two’s worth of food and water. After a quick trip to Smith’s to pick up sandwiches and a couple of gallons of water, they promised to return in a week.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) A man is given food and water by Salt Lake City Fire Department CHAT members Natasha Thomas and Sarah Bohe.

The CHAT team is made up of the three social workers — Shannon Luckart, Sarah Bohe and Natasha Thomas. They help the city’s unsheltered population connect to services. They also accompany firefighters on mental health crisis, substance use disorder, and medical calls. Rather than sending someone with a mental health issue to a hospital

Helping youth harness the power of social media: Initiative teaches young Canadians how to create evidence-based health content

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the potential of social media to quickly disseminate health information to vast online communities, impacting health decisions, participation in health systems and, consequently, the health of entire populations.

Never-ending streams of online posts, tweets and videos sharing health-focused information resulted in a co-occurring “infodemic,” overwhelming the public with a combination of accurate information and harmful misinformation.

When considering daily social media consumption, Statistics Canada estimates that 15- to 34-year-old Canadians are the highest active user group on social media. Moreover, “viral” spread or waves of online engagement are often tied to online trends or influencers. From the 2018 Tide Pod challenge to the most recent Nyquil Chicken Challenge, trends quickly spread and can pose physical, mental and even destructive health consequences.

As online trends continue to perpetuate misinformation, these trends can lead to particularly harmful consequences in marginalized communities. Many Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) communities continue to struggle with stressors relating to painful histories of exploitation, including medical experimentation, that can result in mistrust or skepticism of health-care systems. Furthermore, many BIPOC communities face an additional hurdle as the ingrained racism linked to colonialism within our health-care system impacts the delivery of health care and health information. Most existing online health information is Anglocentric, Eurocentric, text-heavy and based on the priorities of health-care providers. Likewise, online myth busting of health misinformation is available primarily on English platforms and spaces.

As such, there is a great need for health information to be tailored and adapted to the priorities of BIPOC communities. Thus, the Our Kids’ Health (OKH) network was established to create reliable resources and information for children, youth and caregivers across 10 different cultural-linguistic channels. Using an equity and diversity lens, social media content shared by OKH spans the

Should we get our health advice from social media?

In the office of a private gynaecologist in central London, I nervously waited for my appointment, wondering what had brought me to this point. Even though I was a healthy 27-year-old woman with no family history of fertility concerns, I was terrified about my ability to have a child. I’d forked out for private scans, which thankfully came back clear. But part of me was baffled: something had to be wrong. After all, according to multiple Instagram Reels, I have many symptoms of PCOS, which can lead to infertility.

When Covid-19 hit our social-media feeds, we were all encouraged not to take scaremongering Facebook posts from our aunt’s friend’s sister at face value, and instead consult the World Health Organisation (WHO) for reliable health information. We were warned to question what we read online and to fact-check articles before sharing clickbait headlines, but social media nonetheless exploded with more health content than ever before. These days, health advice is a commonplace part of the social media experience.

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Stories of others’ misfortune are constantly available to us, from sepsis as a result of a common UTI, to horrific allergic reactions to gel manicures. A readily available source that can help us to identify troubling symptoms does have its benefits, but how much is the information we find on social media a hindrance, as well as a help?

It depends where it comes from, according to Jordan Vyas-Lee, psychotherapist and co-founder of mental-health care clinic, Kove. “Social media is not a good source of medical information,” he explains. “What we read on social media comes with no guarantee of validity, since information can be shared by non-experts, which is not then moderated. The issue with health videos on social media is

TikTok’s Medical Mythbuster on using social media to fight health inequities

Editor’s note: The opinions expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AAMC or its members.

In January 2021, Kwame [not his real name] was diagnosed with COVID-19, just like many other people. Within a few days, his condition worsened significantly: His fever continued to rise, he experienced increasing shortness of breath, and his muscles ached persistently. With no relief in sight, he eventually sought medical attention at an emergency department (ED) in Oakland, California.

At the ED, medical personnel ran a variety of tests, including one that measured his blood oxygen saturation levels, a key metric for diagnosing the severity of a COVID-19 infection. The test used a pulse oximeter, a small device that clips onto your finger and measures how much oxygen your red blood cells are carrying. When his test results came back, doctors told Kwame that he was a fit, healthy young man and that he would recover just fine. They encouraged him to go home and rest.

But he refused.

A few weeks before, Kwame had seen a video on social media suggesting that pulse oximeters don’t always work well on darker skin tones. In between gasps for air, he tried to recount to the doctors what he had learned: Because of its increased melanin, darker skin absorbs more infrared light from pulse oximeters, causing Black patients to be three times as likely to have overestimated oxygen saturation levels.

Kwame’s doctors listened to his concerns and ended up admitting him to the hospital. It was good that they did. Before the end of the day, his condition worsened, and he was transferred to the intensive care unit. Fortunately, he was intubated and received the supplemental oxygen he needed to recover. Had it not been for a single social media post, however,

Teens’ social media use should be monitored by parents, APA says : Shots

There’s growing evidence that social media use can contribute to mental health issues among teens. A new health advisory suggests ways to protect them.

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There’s growing evidence that social media use can contribute to mental health issues among teens. A new health advisory suggests ways to protect them.

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For the first time, the American Psychological Association has issued recommendations for guiding teenager’s use of social media. The advisory, released Tuesday, is aimed at teens, parents, teachers and policy makers.

This comes at a time when teenagers are facing high rates of depression, anxiety and loneliness. And, as NPR has reported, there’s mounting evidence that social media can exacerbate and even cause these problems.

“Right now, I think the country is struggling with what we do around social media,” says Dr. Arthur Evans, CEO of the APA. The report, he says, marshals the latest science about social media to arm people “with the information that they need to be good parents and to be good policy makers in this area.”

The 10 recommendations in the report summarize recent scientific findings and advise actions, primarily by parents, such as monitoring teens’ feeds and training them in social media literacy, even before they begin using these platforms.

But some therapists and clinicians say the recommendations place too much of the burden on parents. To implement this guidance requires cooperation from the tech companies and possibly regulators.

“We’re in a crisis here and a family’s ability or a parent’s ability to manage this right now is very limited,” says Robert Keane, a therapist at Walden Behavioral Care, an inpatient facility that helps teens with eating disorders. “Families really need help.”

Screening, monitoring and training

While social media can provide opportunities for staying connected,

Health advisory on social media use in adolescence

A. Using social media is not inherently beneficial or harmful to young people. Adolescents’ lives online both reflect and impact their offline lives. In most cases, the effects of social media are dependent on adolescents’ own personal and psychological characteristics and social circumstances—intersecting with the specific content, features, or functions that are afforded within many social media platforms. In other words, the effects of social media likely depend on what teens can do and see online, teens’ preexisting strengths or vulnerabilities, and the contexts in which they grow up.3

B. Adolescents’ experiences online are affected by both 1) how they shape their own social media experiences (e.g., they choose whom to like and follow); and 2) both visible and unknown features built into social media platforms.

C. Not all findings apply equally to all youth. Scientific findings offer one piece of information that can be used along with knowledge of specific youths’ strengths, weaknesses, and context to make decisions that are tailored for each teen, family, and community.4

D. Adolescent development is gradual and continuous, beginning with biological and neurological changes occurring before puberty is observable (i.e., approximately beginning at 10 years of age), and lasting at least until dramatic changes in youths’ social environment (e.g., peer, family, and school context) and neurological changes have completed (i.e., until approximately 25 years of age).5 Age-appropriate use of social media should be based on each adolescent’s level of maturity (e.g., self-regulation skills, intellectual development, comprehension of risks) and home environment.6 Because adolescents mature at different rates, and because there are no data available to indicate that children become unaffected by the potential risks and opportunities posed by social media usage at a specific age, research is in development to specify a single time or age point for many

How To Verify Psychological Wellbeing Suggestions On Social Media, According To Therapists

A lot more and additional people today, teenagers and younger grown ups in individual, are in search of out substitute varieties of psychological health and fitness support—looking for responses on social media platforms like TikTok, Instagram and YouTube the place info is conveniently available for cost-free.

A sharp improve in anxiety, stress and despair—especially among teenagers, youthful grown ups and women of all ages, pandemic-exacerbated isolation, climbing healthcare costs, lack of therapists as perfectly as the ubiquity of social media and a perception of community that it offers being probably contributing elements.

On TikTok, the hashtag #mentalhealth has accumulated over 75 billion views, with consumers submitting all kinds of content—from private anecdotes and information to self-assist strategies and memes and anything in amongst. A quick lookup of the identical hashtag on Instagram pulls over 46.3 million posts while YouTube has additional than 150,000 channels that slide underneath the hashtag.

Making Folks Truly feel Significantly less By yourself

Just one of the most considerable variations brought on by social media is how we converse about mental overall health. “Men and women are staying open and trustworthy about their struggles, connecting in ways they have not performed just before, like sharing own struggles, achievements stories and important applications for self-enable,” states Micheline Maalouf, a Florida-based accredited psychological wellness counselor in non-public practice.

Moreover, “I have seen adjustments in how loved ones users discuss to just about every other about psychological health and strategy each individual other in moments of require,” notes Maalouf who regularly shares mental wellbeing reminders, tips and instruments with over one million followers on TikTok.

“Social media applications are normalizing the need to have for remedy by humanizing the folks at the rear of it, which can assist other

How to Spot Negative Well being Guidance on Social Media

If you shell out any time at all scrolling by way of TikTok, Instagram, YouTube or other social media platforms, it’s much more than most likely that you have found some sort of wellbeing, wellness or self-care assistance being shared. With so considerably advice swirling all-around these days, it can be tricky to different the superior from the bad.

Some information may be harmless. You may perhaps see influencers sharing inspiring meals to whip up for dinner or motivating films that stimulate you to transfer more. If what you see would make you really feel fantastic or spurs you to get improved care of your self, there’s not much to worry about.

What you must be cautious of, however, is people today who make bodily or mental well being claims who are not skilled to do so or who do so with an ulterior motive. Some men and women thrust specific health supplements devoid of acquiring a history in nourishment, might promote physical exercise routines that are extraordinary or propose techniques to enhance your psychological health that are not backed by authentic proof (or that finally make you come to feel worse).

So what must you do if you see wellbeing guidance on social media? Should really you dismiss all of it? Stick to what sounds very good to you? Embrace it since it’s shared by somebody who looks experienced?

Right here are some items to steer distinct of:

      • People today producing promises about disorders, drugs or solutions who are not certified well being pros. Before you go and do one thing that may perhaps effect your wellbeing, do your research and chat to a competent well being skilled. Someone on TikTok isn’t ordinarily certified to inform you how to deal with your health situation, in particular devoid of knowing
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