Many of the most effective health promotion activities are those that come from the communities themselves—projects that are created by and for communities. In this bottom-up approach, the role of the health and social services network is to ensure that community members have the necessary support and resources to create and sustain the changes they wish to see in their individual villages, and in the region more broadly.
The Community Support team is tasked with celebrating and supporting Nunavimmiut who are organizing to improve health and well-being in their own communities, and with supporting the mobilization work of the Community Liaison Wellness Workers (CLWWs).
The Community Support agents are available to support community-based projects during any phase of planning, implementation, or continuation. Requests for support must be initiated by community members or grassroots organizations.
For more information about the support available for community-based projects, please contact email@example.com
In addition to supporting community-based projects, the Community Support team works to document and celebrate new and existing initiatives throughout the region. The Good News Nunavik Facebook group provides a moderated space for community members to share projects that they are involved in or hear about.
The Community Support team is currently developing a website that will serve as a toolbox for community-led work, compiling both newly developed tools and resources produced by local organizations.
Additionally, development is underway on a series of workshops and trainings that will be offered to community leaders, youth, students, and health professionals.
The Community Support team is tasked with facilitating community action-planning based on the results of the Qanuilirpitaa? 2017 health survey, and with promoting the IQI Inuit model of health and well-being developed through the community component. This work is guided by the Community Portraits and Interactive Maps of Community Resources. The first community action-planning workshop will be held in Kangiqsualujjuaq in Fall of 2022, followed by subsequent workshops in the other communities throughout 2023.
The 14 communities of Nunavik benefit from local CLWWs who participate in the development of community-specific prevention and promotion initiatives. They work closely with the community wellness committees, other community partners and the health and social services network to mobilize around priorities specific to their community, as well as the themes laid out in the Wellness Calendar.
The CLWWs work under the health centres with the support of sub-regional coordinators. Both the CLWWs and the coordinators are supported by an agent from the Community Support team who assists with reporting, planning, capacity-building, and partnerships.
For more information about the CLWWs or to inquire about collaboration opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org