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Culturally appropriate care a top priority at VCH

The Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN) program is an example of how we are working to improve your access to health care.

What is the APN program?

The APN program is a confidential service to help Aboriginal people access health services. An Aboriginal Patient Navigator acts as a guide for the patient and their family while accessing health care.

Making progress

We continue to work on improving cultural safety in the health care services we offer. Some of these efforts include the Sacred Space at St. Paul’s Hospital and the new Sacred Space in the HOpe Centre.
The Vancouver Coastal Partnership Accord has enabled VCH, the First Nations Health Authority and local First Nations, to work collaboratively to address cultural safety, and improve the services that we provide to Aboriginal peoples across the region. Since 2009 close to 1,500 staff have completed the training.

Need a referral?

You can get a referral by doing any of the following:
  • Discuss the APN program with a Vancouver Coastal Health staff member
  • Fill out a referral form
  • Contact the APN team at 1.877.875.1131 or

Looking for more information?

If you are interested in more information you can check out the Aboriginal Health Strategic Initiatives or the First Nations Health Authority site. 
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