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<div class="ExternalClass72E90E31E95C47839798529970E1731C"><div><div><div><div><div><p></p><p>APNs provide a benefit to both the patient and to health care providers. The APN works directly with VCH staff and other health care service providers to make sure Aboriginal patients get the best care possible.</p><p>APNs can:</p><ul><li><p>Help staff create a personal plan when a patient leaves a hospital or care program.</p></li><li><p>Help VCH health care teams understand and work with Aboriginal health practices and beliefs.</p></li><li><p>Assist staff if a patient or family member requests access to an Elder or a traditional ceremony such as:</p></li><ul><li><p>smudging,</p></li><li><p>cedar and eagle fan brushings,</p></li><li><p>blanketing, medicine bundles, or</p></li><li><p>talking circles.<br></p></li></ul></ul></div></div></div></div></div></div>2750 East Hastings Street info.aboriginalhealth@vch.ca(604) 675-2552<div class="ExternalClassE38D846713B045188C9CF854FD903454"><p>Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m</p></div>1 (877) 875-1131 - Toll-freeV5K 1Z9BC49.2810148,-123.04813730000001<div class="ExternalClassFA6D3C5B3A274172AFC6E5F3F1EC1D10"><p>To access the support of the Patient Navigator Program, please fill out one of the referral forms below and email or fax it to the program.<br></p><p><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-1549" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />ICS Staff Education Referral</a><br></p><p><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-1338" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Client and Family Referral</a><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassA44E3F12D870414CAB79D5E434B4F714"><p>Serves people who self-identify as being Aboriginal or First Nations.</p></div>

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