Government of Yukon

Health and Social Services


2017

Government of Yukon wants your input on cannabis legalization
August 10, 2017 – Yukoners have more than seven weeks to participate in a public survey about cannabis legalization.

Government of Yukon hosting poverty reduction and housing forum
July 10, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is hosting a one-day forum to expand on the connections between poverty and housing.

Pertussis cases confirmed in Whitehorse
June 27, 2017 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health encourages Yukoners to get vaccinated against pertussis.

Yukon trans and gender-non-conforming individuals protected from discrimination
June 14, 2017 – Amendments to the Human Rights Act and the Vital Statistics Act protect trans and gender-non-conforming individuals.

Governments share long-term vision for early learning and child care
June 12, 2017 – Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost represented Yukon at a meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers.

Government of Yukon highlights successful tobacco cessation and prevention programs on World No Tobacco Day
May 31, 2017 – Recent statistics on the Government of Yukon's tobacco cessation programs show encouraging results.

Government hosting opioid management conference
May 18, 2017 – The two-day conference will provide Yukon health care providers and policy makers with an opportunity to learn about harm reduction in action, and the role of culture and community in recovery.

Government of Yukon extends funding to the Yukon Imagination Library
May 17, 2017 – Since 2007, the Yukon Imagination Library has distributed more than 85,000 books to Yukon children.

Spring ID blitz targets underage drinking
May 11, 2017 – Any person in a licensed establishment who appears to be under 25 needs to be able to provide at least two pieces of identification.

Health Canada-funded study examines attitudes, opinions and behaviours related to alcohol use
May 5, 2017 – Whitehorse Liquor Store customers will be asked to participate in a survey assessing attitudes, opinion and behaviours related to alcohol use.

Yukon government seeking public input on development of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder plan
May 4, 2017 – Community input into development of this plan will benefit individuals with FASD and their families going forward.

Yukon government supports Ronald McDonald House
May 3, 2017 – Minister Pauline Frost presented a $5,000 cheque in support of Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon.

Yukon releases cancer mortality report
May 1, 2017 – The report is designed to help health professionals, policy-makers and researchers make better and more-informed decisions about cancer control and prevention in Yukon.

Government strengthens laws to protect the rights of transgender Yukoners
April 25, 2017 – Changes to the Vital Statistics and Human Rights acts will prohibit discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression.

Yukon to offer free HPV immunization to boys
April 24, 2017 – Expanding Yukon's immunization program to include boys will help protect youth from HPV-related cancers and other serious health problems.

Government of Yukon supports proposed federal cannabis legalization and regulation
April 13, 2017 – Government of Yukon is getting ready for the legalization of cannabis.

Legislative amendments will protect the rights of transgender Yukoners
March 13, 2017 – Amendments to the Vital Statistics Act will remove the requirement for sex reassignment surgery before a person can change the gender on their birth registration.

Government of Yukon launches ColonCheck Yukon program and awareness campaign
March 3, 2017 – The new program helps Yukoners detect early signs of colorectal cancer.

New chair appointed for Yukon Hospital Corporation Board
March 1, 2017 – A new board chair has been appointed to the Yukon Hospital Corporation.

Minister shares Yukon social services perspective with federal, provincial and territorial colleagues
February 3, 2017 – Yukon leading by example with collaborative relationships on social services issues.

Government of Yukon supports students in their health-related studies
February 3, 2017 – Health bursaries have supported 137 Yukon students over the past 10 years in a wide variety of post-secondary health studies.

Popular blood pressure clinics return for a fifth year
February 1, 2017 – More than 750 Yukoners took advantage of last year's blood pressure screening clinics; 9 per cent identified as being at risk.

Naloxone kits available across Yukon
January 31, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is making an overdose-reversing take-home naloxone kit available.

Alternative emergency shelter slated to open
January 30, 2017 – Partnership results in 10 more emergency shelter beds for those with nowhere else to go.

Home health monitoring goes live in Yukon
January 11, 2017 – Patients with some chronic conditions can now receive support in their homes and communities.


2016

Continuing care commended for its commitment to quality improvement
December 22, 2016 – Government of Yukon's continuing care program received scores of more than 97 per cent from Accreditation Canada and is commended for its commitment to individuals in its care.

Fentanyl can be deadly: new campaign to combat fentanyl
November 14, 2016 – A new awareness campaign aims to prevent drug-related overdoses and deaths.

Another early start to flu season
November 3, 2016 – Two dozen cases of influenza have been confirmed throughout Yukon.

Residents to move into Thomson Centre next week
September 30, 2016 – Additional continuing care beds set to open in Whitehorse.

New Alcohol and Drug Services facility officially opens
September 23, 2016 – New beginnings for the building, programs and clients as the new Sarah Steele building officially opened.

Recipients of second Mental Wellness Innovation Fund Award named
September 14, 2016 – Ten projects have been selected under the second intake of the Mental Wellness Innovation Fund award.

Hearing Services offers full complement of staff to better serve Yukoners
September 12, 2016 – Recruitment efforts successful with the hiring of two full-time audiologists at Hearing Services.

Government of Yukon funds extension of Watson Lake soup kitchen, food bank
September 9, 2016 – Funding provides additional crisis support to Watson Lake.

Government of Yukon supports distribution of pregnancy tests
September 9, 2016 – Pregnancy test dispensers to help reduce number of people affected by FASD.

Daycares join schools in promoting healthy choices
August 31, 2016 – From the Ground Up celebrates its fifth year with the addition of daycares.

Health Information Privacy and Management Act now in force
August 31, 2016 – The Health Information Privacy and Management Act brings privacy and access into balance.

Government of Yukon working to meet needs of foster children and foster parents
August 30, 2016 – There are currently 61 foster parents in Yukon.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon to benefit from Innovation Fund award
August 23, 2016 – The group is one of 12 organizations and projects to share $620,000 through the Mental Wellness Innovation Fund.

Rural Yukon communities are biggest beneficiaries of Mental Wellness Innovation Fund
August 16, 2016 – 12 community projects will be sharing $620,000 through the fund.

Government of Yukon opens new service centre dedicated to youth
August 16, 2016 – New initiative to help youth navigate Yukon government services.

Yukon government ensures single seniors not impacted by changes to GIS
July 26, 2016 – Regulation amended so single Yukon seniors do not lose out financially.

Government, hospital collaborate to increase access to continuing care/acute care beds
July 18, 2016 – The new plan will free up hospital beds, create 10 new continuing-care beds and alleviate staffing challenges.

Home health monitoring project planned for Yukon
July 13, 2016 – A new Home Health Monitoring project will help keep Yukoners with chronic conditions out of hospital.

Government of Yukon funds Mental Health Association of Yukon executive director position
June 23, 2016 – The Yukon government supports the Mental Health Association of Yukon’s hiring of an executive director.

Mental Wellness Summit to spark ideas for building a healthier Yukon
June 15, 2016 – The Mental Wellness Summit takes place on June 23 and 24, in Whitehorse.

Government to repay missed social assistance exemptions
June 13, 2016 – Health and Social Services Minister Mike Nixon said today that it is important to correct the error.

Whitehorse air quality information now available online
June 8, 2016 – The Air Quality Health Index now provides information on the Whitehorse region's air quality.

Weight Wise program doubles intake for coming year
May 26, 2016 – Yukon Weight Wise participants have shed more than 8,000 lbs in six years.

Government of Yukon renews partnership with Canadian Centre for Child Protection
May 25, 2016 – Agency calls Yukon a leader in Canada for enhancing protection of Yukon children.

Yukon Health Status Report 2015 released
May 18, 2016 – This report provides a comprehensive update on the health of Yukoners, with a focus on substance use.

Health Investment Fund helps develop strong communities
May 12, 2016 – Government of Yukon, though the Health Investment Fund, is supporting two local organizations.

Yukon government to cover cost of Hepatitis C drugs
May 11, 2016 – The funding help Yukoners who do not have insurance cover the cost of this expensive medication.

Government of Yukon investing in services to support families of children with disabilities
May 11, 2016 – Government of Yukon is responding to an increased need for speech-language services.

Yukon nurse receives Leadership Award
May 11, 2016 – Sharon Specht acknowledged for extraordinary leadership and dedication to quality palliative care.

Home care expansion increases in-home supports and services
May 9, 2016 – Increased staffing means more support to keep seniors and elders in their homes longer.

Mental Wellness Strategy released with support of First Nations, mental health group
May 5, 2016 – Together with First Nations and community partners, the Government of Yukon is taking action to improve the mental wellness and mental health of Yukoners.

Government of Yukon takes action to improve social service delivery
May 4, 2016 – Changes will improve transition planning for youth with disabilities.

Chief medical officer of health advises Yukoners on avoiding fentanyl overdose
April 22, 2016 – Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and can lead to overdose and death.

Government of Yukon officially opens new St. Elias Adult Group Home
April 21, 2016 – New facility will provide a home for 10 individuals requiring specialized care.

Yukon government extends funding for Practical Nurse diploma program to continue
April 14, 2016 – The deadline for applications to the Practical Nurse program is May 1.

Planning starts for Old Crow Health Centre replacement
April 13, 2016 – A new building would provide safe, efficient and adequate space for current and future health services in the community.

Funding announced to implement colorectal cancer screening program
April 12, 2016 – New screening program will allow for earlier detection of cancer.

Government of Yukon invests $1 million in community-based mental health initiatives
April 7, 2016 – $1 million to be used by communities for innovative projects to address community mental health needs.

Youth programming to be included in new Sarah Steele facility
April 5, 2016 – The programming will include a 24/7 withdrawal service for youth as well as a gender-specific residential treatment program.

School program will enhance mental health services in Ross River and Faro
April 4, 2016 – Additional community counselling available as part of in-school education program.

Yukon government supports Parhelion Medical Clinic’s move into Watson Lake Hospital
March 31, 2016 – Two rural hospitals will now house doctors’ clinics; medication dispensaries.

Legislative Assembly Building to Light It Up Blue for autism awareness
March 31, 2016 – Government signs on to international blue event to increase awareness of World Autism Day.

Alexander McDonald Lodge continuing care facility opened in Dawson
March 18, 2016 – The new facility can accommodate 15 residents and replaces the old lodge, opened in 1970.

Government of Yukon opens new EMS station
March 10, 2016 – As part of the Whitehorse hospital expansion, a new ambulance station is now open in Riverdale.

The Know Your Numbers campaign is back for a fourth year
February 12, 2016 – Over the next two weeks, Yukoners can take advantage of free blood pressure clinics.

Sixth Avenue interim continuing care facility set to open
February 9, 2016 – The opening of the 10-bed temporary continuing care facility will help reduce the wait list for continuing care beds.

Yukon’s work on children in care part of national focus
February 5, 2016 – Ministers meeting focuses on how to improve life for children, families and persons with disabilities.

Social outcomes for Canadians subject of discussion at ministers meeting
February 3, 2016 – Health and Social Services minister to share Yukon perspectives on social issues at national roundtable.

Yukon government signs agreement for new continuing care facility
January 28, 2016 – Today the Government of Yukon announced it has finalized one of the largest construction contracts ever awarded in Yukon.

Common issues give ministers opportunities to share
January 21, 2016 – Meetings between Canada’s health ministers were held this week in Vancouver.

Minister to join provincial and territorial colleagues at health ministers meeting
January 19, 2016 – Minister looking forward to continued collaboration with provincial and territorial colleagues.

A statement from Health and Social Services Minister Mike Nixon regarding the soup kitchen at CYO Hall in the Sacred Heart Cathedral
January 14, 2016 – The Government of Yukon has not contemplated closing the soup kitchen.

Government of Yukon announces new youth mental health program with support from Bell Let’s Talk and Northwestel
January 14, 2016 – The FRIENDS program focuses on prevention and treatment services.


2015

Health Investment Fund supports community initiatives
December 18, 2015 – The Government of Yukon, through the Health Investment Fund, is supporting three initiatives for healthier communities.

New transitional home now operational
December 3, 2015 – First clients moving into transitional housing this week.

Policy change enhances respite services for persons with disabilities and their families
December 3, 2015 – Policy change allows more family members to receive support for respite care.

Another early start to flu season in Yukon
November 24, 2015 – Yukon's chief medical officer of health encourages Yukoners to get vaccinated this season.

Agreement between the Yukon government and Many Rivers Counselling ensures no break in service
November 19, 2015 – Second Opinion Society clients will see familiar faces when they visit, and no break in service.

Community addictions program is now in place
November 19, 2015 – New Alcohol and Drug Services program provides comprehensive services to Yukon communities.

New study to monitor Whitehorse air quality
November 10, 2015 – Government of Yukon is partnering with City of Whitehorse to study Whitehorse air quality.

Twelve Yukoners receive bursaries to pursue health-related studies
November 9, 2015 – 12 out of 49 selected to receive government financial support to further studies in medicine and health related fields.

Bill to amend the Travel for Medical Treatment Act tabled today
October 26, 2015 – New amendments to the Travel for Medical Treatment Act were introduced today.

Child care subsidies will increase
October 26, 2015 – Government of Yukon is increasing the Yukon Child Care Subsidy as of December 1.

Flu clinics open across Yukon on October 26
October 23, 2015 – Yukon's premier and chief medical officer of health recommend getting a flu shot.

Yukon government launches a new awareness campaign to recruit foster parents
October 22, 2015 – A new campaign has launched to recruit new foster parents and clarify who can foster a child.

Government supports seven arts projects through June Arts Fund
October 7, 2015 – The Arts Fund supports seven organizations to provide creative workshops, events and festivals in Yukon.

Public input wanted on development of Health Information Privacy and Management Act regulations
October 5, 2015 – Provide input on how your personal health information is secured.

Seniors kept up to date on Whistle Bend continuing care facility design and development
September 15, 2015 – Officials continue to talk with seniors' organizations about the new Whistle Bend facility.

Yukoners reminded to arrange extra health insurance for travel outside the territory
September 14, 2015 – Plan for the unexpected. Ensure you have additional health insurance to cover medevac and ambulance fees.

Promoting healthy choices while supporting Yukon schools and local agriculture
August 26, 2015 – Health and Social Services invites you to participate in From the Ground Up, a program that promotes healthy eating.

Hospice Yukon sets down permanent roots with Yukon government assistance
August 19, 2015 – Purchase allows Hospice Yukon to continue serving bereaved and dying Yukoners from long term location.

Professional Development Fund provides support to local organizations
July 30, 2015 – Three local organizations receive training funding from the Professional Development Fund.

New deputy shores up office of Yukon’s chief medical officer of health
July 17, 2015 – Yukon will benefit from the experience of the new deputy chief medical officer of health.

Pioneer Utility Grant modernized
July 2, 2015 – Changes to Pioneer Utility Grant ensure fairness, flexibility and sustainability.

Health effects from forest fire smoke
June 23, 2015 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health reminds Yukoners to protect themselves from smoke exposure.

Whistle Bend continuing care project moves ahead
June 8, 2015 – Three qualified teams have been shortlisted to participate in the next stage of the competitive process.

Pertussis outbreak in Yukon prompts warning
May 21, 2015 – Two cases of pertussis confirmed in Yukon.

Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver gets some Yukon financial support
May 6, 2015 – 30 Yukon families have found a home away from home since the opening of Ronald McDonald House in July 2014.

Mental wellness is focus of Mental Health Week
May 5, 2015 – Mental Health Week is the launch pad for a new campaign that focuses on mental well-being, and the concept of flourishing.

Medical sign language interpreters available to Yukoners in B.C. and Alberta
May 5, 2015 – Contracts provide medical sign language interpretation for hard of hearing citizens receiving services in B.C. and Alberta.

Health Fair great opportunity to update immunizations prior to Kindergarten
April 28, 2015 – The health fair is an opportunity to have immunizations updated prior to Kindergarten, in a fun, fair-like atmosphere.

The Yukon government and Alkan Air announce retrofit of medevac plane
April 23, 2015 – Yukoners assured safer medevac transport due to Alkan retrofit of an aircraft and YEMS procurement of new equipment.

Tobacco prevention resource created for Yukon youth
April 16, 2015 – Unique Yukon resource aimed at reducing youth tobacco use.

Yukon government tables new Pharmacy and Drug Act
April 9, 2015 – The Yukon government tabled the Pharmacy and Drug Act yesterday as the first step in modernizing pharmacy regulation in Yukon.

Donation benefits Yukon patients in B.C.
April 8, 2015 – Yukon children have been benefitting from a home-like atmosphere at Easter Seals House since 1955.

New Salvation Army Centre of Hope to be built in Whitehorse
March 31, 2015 – Expansion of services and addition of space at new Salvation Army Centre of Hope will benefit vulnerable population.

New life for old facility expands services for individuals with mental health challenges
March 19, 2015 – Safety and security, along with appropriate supports, will benefit clients at new transitional living facility.

Whitehorse continuing care facility moves forward with RFQ release
March 11, 2015 – Request for qualifications issued yesterday for Whistle Bend continuing care facility.

Construction of new detox centre to begin this spring
March 11, 2015 – New building, increased capacity will provide enhanced addictions services and supports to Yukon residents who need them.

Advancing skin health and wound management skills in Yukon
March 6, 2015 – More than 80 healthcare professionals attended conference to advance care they provide to Yukon residents.

Yukon youth help tackle mental health stigmas
March 6, 2015 – Students surprised how much stigma surrounds mental health; want to address in schools.

Professional Development Fund to aid the efforts of two Whitehorse organizations
February 27, 2015 – Children and youth to benefit from training workshops funded through Professional Development Fund.

Early results of medication reduction project a reason to celebrate
February 27, 2015 – Use of antipsychotics in residents with dementia reduced or discontinued as pilot project at Copper Ridge Place continues.

Yukon government purchases Oblate Centre in Whitehorse
February 25, 2015 – New life for an old building in downtown Whitehorse with purchase of Oblate Centre.

Yukon government invites public response to draft Pharmacy and Drug Act
February 16, 2015 – The public is invited to provide their feedback from February 16 to March 6 on the draft pharmacy and drug act.

Construction contract highlights partnership between Kwanlin Dün and Yukon governments
February 16, 2015 – Canyon City Construction awarded contract to replace local adult residence, highlighting partnership between Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Government of Yukon.

The Know Your Numbers campaign is back for a third year
February 10, 2015 – Yukoners are encouraged to go to a FREE public blood pressure clinic to get their blood pressure checked.

Premier focuses on a stronger North at Ottawa meetings
January 29, 2015 – Premier discusses energy, infrastructure and jobs at Ottawa meetings.

Yukon gains additional resident medical specialist
January 28, 2015 – Women's health services augmented by third specialist physician.

Youth Investment Fund supports winter sport and recreation projects
January 15, 2015 – The Youth Investment Fund is providing almost $22,000 to communities for winter sport and recreation projects.

Adult FASD diagnostic team to be established in Yukon
January 14, 2015 – New initiatives, including an adult diagnostic team, will support individuals with FASD and their families.


2014

Six Yukoners receive bursaries to pursue health education
December 22, 2014 – 95 Yukon students have received support for post-secondary medical and health studies since 2006.

Site selected for Yukon’s new continuing care facility
December 18, 2014 – New continuing care facility to be built in city’s newest subdivision

Amendments to Pioneer Utility Grant Act accepted
November 13, 2014 – Seniors will continue having the option to access the Pioneer Utility Grant.

The Healthy Families program is expanding to help rural parents
November 7, 2014 – A culturally-sensitive, home-based family support service for parents expands to rural areas.

Review of the Pioneer Utility Grant Act and regulation
October 23, 2014 – Health and Social Services is looking to improve the Pioneer Utilities Grant.

Yukon supporting work at national health table
October 8, 2014 – Yukon well positioned to grapple with health care challenges.

Patients access to timely and appropriate prenatal care continues
October 8, 2014 – Yukon physicians continue to provide maternity care; location of where care provided is changing.

New health clinics offer patients collaborative care and drop-in evening hours
October 2, 2014 – Nurse care practitioner in new collaborative care clinics to provide health care for youth, men and women.

Arrival of second nurse practitioner benefits Yukon patients directly
September 18, 2014 – Addition of nurse practitioner expands clinic services within a collaborative care model.

New campaign launched on International FASD Awareness Day
September 8, 2014 – No, a teratogen is not a dinosaur. A series of online ads use a touch of humour to educate Yukoners on teratogens.

Yukoners asked to consider others on International FASD Awareness Day
September 8, 2014 – Departments of Health and Social Services and Justice urge Yukoners to think about how they can support women who are pregnant to have healthy babies.

Sprouting healthy choices will grow students’ opportunities
August 26, 2014 – Order a box of vegetables and support our community.

Mental health first aid course adapted for northerners
August 20, 2014 – A course recognizing northern life, peoples, and related experiences is now available.

New electronic system to record and report health inspection results
August 15, 2014 – New electronic health inspection system is one step closer to providing inspection reports publicly.

Online calendar presents community health and social events
August 1, 2014 – Online calendar small step towards collaborative care among health professionals, NGOs and communities.

Yukon leads country with response to FASD housing
June 11, 2014 – Housing option for individuals with FASD in Yukon puts territory on the leading edge for adult services.

Yukon receives funding for national project on dementia care
June 4, 2014 – Participation in national project will assist Yukon in providing person centred dementia care for facility residents.

Health effects from forest fire smoke
May 28, 2014 – HEALTH ADVISORY regarding smoke conditions in Yukon.

Innovative environment encourages technology solutions for health care challenges
May 1, 2014 – High energy event to match technology with healthcare and brainstorm solutions to most pressing health care needs.

Vital Statistics Act will recognize same-sex parents on birth certificates
April 30, 2014 – Listing same-sex parents on a birth certificate will be able to be carried out retroactively.

New system will help detect and manage health problems in Yukon
April 30, 2014 – Successful negotiations with B.C. lay groundwork for improving public health services through electronic records.

Whitehorse Food Bank receives funding to purchase its Alexander Street location
April 30, 2014 – Funding provides foundations for future food support.

New website provides information about immunization in Yukon
April 29, 2014 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health launches website that provides up-to-date, scientifically accurate information about immunizations and communicable diseases and the myths that surround them.

Collaboration is keystone to improving health and social services for Yukoners
April 28, 2014 – New report to guide future health and social care delivery in Yukon.

Wellness plan to improve Yukoners’ health and well-being launched
April 24, 2014 – Wellness Plan to be used to support raising healthy, happy kids and supporting families.

Bubbles trilogy teaches children about personal space and keeping safe
April 14, 2014 – This fun resource helps children between two and five learn about personal space and bullying.

Successful Health Care Innovation meeting for Yukon premier and health minister
April 8, 2014 – Yukon premier and health minister call recent meeting of the national Health Care Innovation Working group a success.

Premier and minister represent Yukon at national health agenda meeting
April 2, 2014 – Yukon speaking out at national meeting to ensure changes relate well to smaller jurisdictions.

Yukon government updating pharmacy legislation
March 19, 2014 – An advisory committee is being appointed as the first step in modernizing Yukon’s pharmacy legislation.

Snack Circus focuses on healthy food choices and simple recipe ideas
March 18, 2014 – Snack Circus – a great way to get families together to celebrate food.

Temporary home for MRI scanner to be built this year
March 17, 2014 – Temporary building will ensure services provided locally much sooner than anticipated.

UBC shares experiences on integration of health care services
March 7, 2014 – Local health care providers learn about integration of health care services from those who have gone before.

Stories inspire positive emotions and strong communities
March 6, 2014 – Stories about community projects that support well-being are featured in the new publication, Stories that Inspire.

Department accepts recommendations from Auditor General
February 18, 2014 – Minister of Health and Social Services accepts Auditor General's recommendations on the department’s Family and Children’s Services branch.

Know Your Numbers back by popular demand
February 13, 2014 – Public blood pressure clinics open February 14 to 27.

Yukon government launches bilingual health passport
January 24, 2014 – New tool will help francophone patients and anglophone health care providers communicate.

Government focuses on smoking prevention and cessation during non-smoking week
January 24, 2014 – Latest tools now available at Quitpath.ca to help Yukoners quit smoking.

Whitehorse temporarily out of flu vaccine
January 10, 2014 – Whitehorse flu clinics closed until further notice.

Flu activity picking up in Yukon
January 6, 2014 – Sixteen confirmed cases of influenza since early December.


2013

An early Christmas present for the Whitehorse Food Bank
December 19, 2013 – One-time funding will help the food bank buy, then renovate and share its building.

Legislation will help protect personal health information
December 19, 2013 – Electronic health records standards will help improve health services and protect the privacy of Yukoners.

Health needs assessments for Watson Lake and Dawson City tabled
December 19, 2013 – Assessments support changing direction for Yukon's health care delivery system.

Changes coming for Yukon health insurance
December 16, 2013 – New regulations will clarify who is legally entitled to Yukon's health care services.

Flu arrives early in Yukon
December 9, 2013 – Two confirmed influenza cases prompt Chief Medical Officer to encourage Yukoners to get their flushot.

New health facility opens to serve people of the Dawson City area
December 8, 2013 – New Dawson City Community Hospital and Health Services Facility will welcome patients soon.

Referred Care Clinic expansion good example of collaborative care
November 28, 2013 – Collaborative care about getting the right care at the right time.

Housing Symposium involves key community stakeholders
November 26, 2013 – Symposium will provide direction for the development of a Housing Action Plan for Yukon.

Special presenter in Whitehorse for Diabetes Awareness Month
November 14, 2013 – Family dynamics are a factor for diabetes management and control.

Yukon tables insured health-care legislation
November 6, 2013 – Amendments will clarify requirements for maintaining Yukon health care coverage.

Yukon’s new health privacy and management legislation tabled
November 6, 2013 – New act will help protect Yukoners' personal health information.

New facility to serve adults with disabilities officially opens
November 5, 2013 – New location for Teegatha'Oh Zheh will provide new opportunities for clients and staff.

Government supports 10 Yukoners pursuing health related studies
November 4, 2013 – Health education bursaries have supported 89 students since 2006.

Yukon flu clinics now offer new inhaled vaccine
October 15, 2013 – FluMist, a nasal spray vaccine, is available to children and youth at Whitehorse flu clinics.

Collaboration with provincial and territorial colleagues will strengthen quality of care
October 8, 2013 – Discussions help ensure citizens receive appropriate health care at the right time and in the right place.

Ministers collaborate to help people affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
September 25, 2013 – International conference on FASD prevention provides opportunity for learning.

Expanded fee structure and new benefits for caregivers
September 16, 2013 – Yukoners who provide care in their homes for adults with intellectual or cognitive disabilities will benefit from a new assessment tool and expanded fee structure more accurately reflecting the levels of care they provide.

Yukon welcomes new audiologist
September 9, 2013 – Hearing Services now has a full-time audiologist on staff.

Yukon’s international health professionals receive more support
September 4, 2013 – Funds helps internationally educated health professionals with costs of joining Yukon’s health workforce.

FTGU fundraser produce

Healthy choice fundraising program growing
August 29, 2013 – Healthy choice food program will continue to be used in Yukon school fundraising drives.

New mobile medical clinic unveiled during Operation NANOOK 2013
August 7, 2013 – New mini clinic will help provide extra support during medical emergencies.

New health facility opened in Watson Lake
July 30, 2013 – The new Watson Lake health facility was officially opened this afternoon.

Yukoners asked to provide feedback on insured health care options
July 16, 2013 – Yukoners are asked for their input on options for proposed changes to the Health Care Insurance Plan Act regulations

Yukoners reminded to take care when preparing summer meals
June 12, 2013 – Chief medical health officer advises Yukoners to keep food cool and cook properly to avoid foodborne illnesses this summer.

Rate increase for continuing care facilities
May 30, 2012 – Daily rates for continuing care residents still among lowest in Canada, even with rate increase.

Yukon Imagination Library to receive additional funding
April 19, 2013 – The Government of Yukon and the Rendezvous Rotary Club of Whitehorse are partnering to ensure the Yukon Imagination Library continues to reach young children throughout Yukon.

Generic drugs to cost less for Yukon residents
April 11 2013 – Cost reductions for six most commonly prescribed drugs estimated to save 20 per cent of country’s drug bill.

Sodium campaign uses Salty Talk to make its point
April 10, 2013 – Would you like a little soup with that salt?

A new way forward for French language services
March 27, 2013 – Yukon Francophones will soon have access to enhanced services in their language.

Sound financial decisions help build a positive health care legacy
March 21, 2013 – The Yukon government plans to spend $27 million to reduce the Yukon Hospital Corporation's debt

Yukon Continuing Care division receives accreditation of the highest standard
March 20, 2013 – Yukon’s Continuing Care branch received accreditation of Exemplary Standing for continued dedication to residents and clients.

Planning begins to replace the Sarah Steele Building
March 18, 2013 – New building will support improved addictions and mental health treatment programming

McDonald Lodge to be replaced
March 14, 2013 – Dawson City's McDonald Lodge is scheduled for replacement.

Ministerial statement on international medical graduates
March 4, 2013 – Health and Social Services minister hopes the Yukon Medical Council will support international medical graduates.

Auditor General’s Report on the Yukon Hospital Corporation: a planning opportunity
February 27, 2013 – Report presents corporation and government with opportunity to work on comprehensive plan.

February is Heart Health Month: Know Your Numbers
February 14, 2013 – Yukon government wants people to be heart healthy and know their blood pressure numbers

Government moves forward with physician recruitment strategy
February 7, 2013 – Yukon wants to learn about recruitment and retention from successful provinces.

Yukon introduces Tobacco-Free Tuesdays
January 22, 2013 – Quitting smoking for one day a month can earn Yukoners prizes and start them on the path to quitting for good.

Yukoners can still protect themselves against the flu
January 14, 2013 – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, says Yukoners still have time to protect themselves against this year’s flu virus.

Health and Social Services deputy minister selected
January 11, 2013 – Patricia Meade has an extensive background in health management.

Yukon’s birth rate rising steadily
January 7, 2013 – The number of babies born in Yukon is on the rise; highest since the early 1990s.


2012

Government to track how many Yukoners are without physicians
December 20, 2012 – New registry for doctorless patients will help inform government’s recruitment and retention initiatives.

Social inclusion and poverty reduction strategy released
December 10, 2012 – Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction strategy outlines how government will better support the most vulnerable.

Flu arrives early in Yukon
December 4, 2012 – Yukon seeing flu cases four months earlier than usual this year.

Yukon government releases a new publication on women and alcohol
November 22, 2012 – New publication focuses on how alcohol affects women differently than men.

Government supports Yukoners pursuing health related studies
November 21, 2012 – Students in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, speech language pathology and social work share in health related bursaries for 2012.

Change to Medical Profession Act regulations for international medical grads
November 8, 2012 – Changes to the Medical Profession Act regulations means longer stays for international medical graduates.

Government dedicates resources to physician recruitment
November 1, 2012 – Government dedicates financial and human resources to physician recruitment and retention, working with the Yukon Medical Association.

Nurse practitioner legislation tabled
October 31, 2012 – Yukon will soon be able to hire nurse practitioners.

Keno health impact assessment released
October 31, 2012 – Health impact assessment confirms no imminent health threat to Keno residents, but does contain additional water and air monitoring recommendations.

Yukon’s flu vaccine clinics proceeding on schedule
October 29, 2012 – Yukon’s vaccine supply is not affected by Health Canada’s recent stop use order.

New youth shelter to increase number of beds available
October 24, 2012 – New shelter will better serve city's vulnerable youth.

New agreement signed with the Yukon Medical Association
October 23, 2012 – Physicians and government reach a new five-year agreement for physician services in Yukon.

Yukoners advised to follow safe food handling practices
October 4, 2012 – Health officials keep a close eye on beef recalls and E-coli situation locally

Yukon immunization program expands to include new infant vaccine
October 2, 2012 – Vaccine has potential to eliminate disease causing childhood diarrhea.

Youth passions highlighted in new video series
August 23, 2012 – Youth video project highlights passions of local Yukon youth.

Ten more beds open at Thomson Centre
August 13, 2012 – Continuing care beds total 172 with opening of additional 10 beds at Thomson Centre.

Minister announces plan to improve health and wellness
July 4, 2012 – Minister announces plan to improve health and wellness of Yukoners.

Yukon government providing support to people affected by Upper Liard flooding
June 22, 2012 – Officials with various agencies of Yukon government met with 23 residents of Upper Liard on Friday to outline flood relief plans and begin the process of moving forward.

Yukon youth Get REEL with tobacco
May 31, 2012 – Yukon schools take up the Get Reel challenge with 17 video ad entries into tobacco cessation project.

Public input sought on proposed health privacy legislation
May 17, 2012 – Yukoners will have a say in Yukon government's proposed legislation to protect privacy of personal health information.

Pertussis outbreak in Yukon prompts warning
April 30, 2012 – Parents should watch for signs and symptoms of pertussis (whooping cough). Five recent cases link back to the Yukon Native Hockey Tournament in late March.

Yukon joins national campaign to raise mental health awareness
April 30, 2012 – Yukon joins partners in mental health to recognize the issue of mental illness across Canada.

Medically supported detox coming to the Detox Centre at the Sarah Steele Building
April 24, 2012 – Medical staff will support detoxification at the Sarah Steele Building.

More beds for continuing care
March 14, 2012 – Money to be committed to opening more beds for extended care in Whitehorse.

Yukon MS patients can apply to participate in U.S. liberation treatment clinical trials
March 13, 2012 – Yukoners expected to participate in Liberation Treatment clinical trials in Albany, New York

Yukon to continue partnership with Rick Hansen Institute
March 9, 2012 – Partnership to improve quality of life for Yukoners with spinal cord injuries and mobility disabilities to continue. 

Health impact assessment planned for Keno City
February 16, 2012 – Consultants to look at health and social impacts of mining activity on Keno City

Immunization clinics scheduled for Arctic Winter Games participants and volunteers
February 9, 2012 – With an influx of visitors for the Arctic Winter Games, immunizations play an important role in protecting Yukoners from an outbreak. Immunization clinics will be held in conjunction with volunteer orientation sessions to ensure volunteers are immunized. Extra clinics will also be held at the Whitehorse Health Centre for the general public.

Copper Ridge residents and families will have their say
February 2, 2012 – New family group at Copper Ridge offers opportunities for input.

Government of Yukon remains vigilant in water testing
January 17, 2012 – Departments working to ensure integrity of public water source


2011

Bursaries awarded to 10 students in health and medical fields
November 28, 2011 – Ten students receive support for medical and health studies.

Extreme winter weather conditions force government to act in best interest of campers
November 18, 2011 – Health and safety concerns prompt notice to campers.

Yukon recognizes World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day
November 16, 2011 – Can't catch your breath? You may have COPD. November 16 is World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day, a day chosen to raise awareness about chronic lung diseases.

Local physicians, community nurses join national cervical cancer awareness move
October 24, 2011 – Medical professionals to help Yukon women without physicians to get tested for cancer.

Health advisory lifted after 20 years
August 31, 2011 – Health advisory against consumption of fish from Lake Laberge lifted after 20 years.

Reopening of Thomson Centre to add 19 continuing care beds
August 11, 2011 – The reopening of the Thomson Centre intermediate care facility will increase continuing care beds.

New partnership offers more choices to women for prenatal care
August 5, 2011 – New clinic will offer women more choices for obstetrical care in Yukon.

Nurses offer weekly Home Care Clinic
August 2, 2011 – Starting August 10, a new outreach clinic will provide home care services to the homeless and marginalized citizens of Whitehorse.

Yukon government working with physicians to create community clinic option
July 28, 2011 – Downtown community clinic considered to meet the requirements of patients with complex health needs.

Health and Social Services working to meet housing needs of Yukoners
July 20, 2011 – Alexander Street Residence will help meet Yukoners' needs.

Bridges Café expands its services
July 11, 2011 – Bridges Café provides meaningful work experience.

CMOH cautions Yukoners to ensure vaccines up to date if travelling
June 1, 2011 – Outbreak of measles acts as a reminder to all Yukoners to check their vaccination status when contemplating travel.

Yukon’s hearing services ahead of Canadian Paediatric Society recommendation
May 16, 2011 – Yukon newborns have hearing tested at 12 hours old.

Additional hospital staffing to address overcrowding and patients without a family doctor
May 10, 2011 – Additional doctors and nurses in hospital's ER will help reduce overcrowding and serve patients without family physicians.

Government spearheads interim solution to hospital pressures, “orphan” patients
May 5, 2011 – Government, physicians and hospital working together to find solution to patients with no family doctor who are crowding hospital emergency room

Whitehorse General Hospital Campus to undergo mid- and long-term planning
April 27, 2011 – Work to begin on planning for changes to Whitehorse General Hospital campus.

Yukon signs on to Saskatchewan’s MS liberation clinical trials
April 21, 2011 – Yukon's MS patients are eligible for possible clinical trials in Saskatchewan.

Officials monitoring nuclear situation in Japan
March 16, 2011 – Chief Medical Officer of Health offers reassurances that there is no risk to Yukon as a result of events in Japan.

Yukon’s Medical Travel Program comes under review
February 28, 2011 – Yukon medical travel program review part of pan-territorial review.

Department accepts recommendations from Auditor General
February 15, 2011 – AG's recommendtations are ones that the department can live with, some work is already underway.

Future growth sparks need for health care services master plan
February 14, 2011 – YG and hospital corporation to examine need for changes to hospital campus to allow for new programs and new buildings.

Lab confirms flu has arrived in Yukon
February 10, 2011 – Two confirmed cases of influenza in Yukon.

Three territorial mental health programs extended
February 3, 2011 – Funding extended to continue programs for rural mental health patients, those with early psychosis and complex cases.

Community health centres enter digital era
January 21, 2011 – All 13 Community Health Centres are now wired for digital radiology to better support health care of Yukon's rural residents.

New support group for loved ones of substance abusers
January 19, 2011 – A new professionally-moderated weekly support group is available to offer care and support for people impacted by the drug or alcohol abuse of a loved one.


2010

Social inclusion and poverty reduction reports released
December 22, 2010 – Government will use evidence-based data contained in recent reports to address housing and homelessness.

Breast health promoted through theatre, art and discussion
October 28, 2010 – Breast health promoted to Yukon women via interactive format of art, theatre and discussion.

Ten bursaries awarded to students in health and medical fields
October 21, 2010 – Ten Yukoners awarded bursaries to pursue studies in fields of medicine and health care.

Yukon brings Alberta program North
September 22, 2010 – Local health professionals learn to deliver Alberta Weight Wise program to local residents.

Minister Hart launches social inclusion public awareness campaign
August 5, 2010 – Minister of Health and Social Services Glenn Hart was painting the town red today as he launched a public information campaign about social inclusion.

Yukon adopts new birth certificate
July 30, 2010 – New identification will minimize indentity theft, forgeries and loss

Yukon affected by national product recall
July 15, 2010 – Meat may be contaminated with salmonella.

Kwanlin Dün First Nation healing program funded
July 8, 2010 – Traditional and modern healing techniques for Yukoners.

Medical studies agreement with Memorial University
July 8, 2010 – Memorial University’s School of Medicine to save one seat.

Cancer Care Navigator program to continue as partnership
June 30, 2010 – WGH, YG partnership ensures continuation of Cancer Care Navigator program for Yukoners with Cancer.

Yukon residents cautioned against harvesting shellfish in Juneau and Haines
June 25, 2010 – Three deaths attributed to this recent incident.

Work begins for new Dawson City hospital and the health services facility
June 23, 2010 – Sod turning kicks off construction

Restaurant owners cautioned against fake inspections
June 21, 2010 – Yukon restaurant owners have reported phone calls from fake health inspectors.

FASD symposium planned for September
June 21, 2010 – Putting research into practice is the theme of an upcoming symposium on FASD.

Minister names two co-chairs for a task force on acutely intoxicated persons at risk
May 13, 2010 – Former chief and retired physician look for creative solutions to help people struggling with alcoholic dependencies.

Social inclusion strategy survey
May 12, 2010 – One thousand will be surveyed to help build a better Yukon.

New Child and Family Services Act now in effect
April 30, 2010 – New act requires Yukoners to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

Important reminders during National Immunization Week
April 27, 2010 – Catch-up on immunizations with convenient extended hours from April 25 to May 1

Watson Lake Hospital now part of Yukon Hospital Corporation
April 9, 2010 – Employees transfer, quality care continues

Secure Medical Unit a new option for mental health patients
April 6, 2010 – A joint project between the government and the Hospital Corporation to provide a measure of security and safety.

Additional funding improves home care for Yukon residents
March 24, 2010 – Additional funds to support increased home care services in Yukon.

A social inclusion symposium to discuss reduction of poverty
March 23, 2010 – "Bridges and Barriers" is the theme of a symposium organized by the Office of Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction.

Contracts let for renovations to Thomson Centre
March 5, 2010 – Two local firms part of Thomson Centre renovations.

Input requested for the seniors’ healthy aging strategy
February 12, 2010 – Advice from Yukon seniors and elders needed to build a strategy for aging well.

Drop the Pop issues challenge to all Yukon schools
February 9, 2010 – Healthy new eating and drinking challenge sees students “drop the pop” for a chance to win awards.

Cookbook promotes healthy eating to Grade 5 Yukon students
February 2, 2010 – Eat well and win prizes – cookbook encourages children to prepare healthy meals for a chance to win sports equipment.


2009