Delhi Community Health Centre stepping up

The Delhi Community Health Centre is offering new programs, including some that had recently been cut from the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit. Members of the Delhi family health team include Julie Martin-Jacob, Roxanne Pierssens-Silva, Amanda Kocheff, Robin Mackie, and Valerie Van Hooren. Ashley Taylor/Delhi News Record

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New programs are being offered at the Delhi Community Health Centre, including a smoking cessation program.

The STOP Program, which has been running since October, gained new importance after the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit in Simcoe lost its funding for a similar class.

Delhi’s program has been able to accept 40 people from Simcoe.

Staff from the HNHU reached out to the DCHC asking if they would be able to accept their clients so they weren’t left without programming. The two units will be working together to transfer clients and promotional materials to Delhi.

Other programs offered by the Delhi Family Health Team include chronic pain management, dietician services, social work, foot care, spirometry, and prenatal and newborn classes.

A new seven-week postpartum depression support group is running for the first time beginning on March 5. This group is available by registration calling 519-582-2323 ext. 282.

“If you have a need and you live in our community you should be able to just walk in and say ‘I need some help,’” said Delhi Family Health Team executive director Robin Mackie.

Mackie recalled a woman stopping by the centre feeling sad after giving birth, and without an appointment she was able to walk her down to Amanda Kocheff, a registered midwife, and begin getting her the help she needed.

“Anyone in our centre, because of our community drive, is going to just pick (you) up and say ‘what are you here for?’” said Mackie.

In the future, there are plans of having a walk-in, or talk-in, social work clinic.

Currently, the social work program is only available to patients of the Delhi Family Health Team.

“We are looking to the future to broaden those services to the community,” said Mackie. “Our social workers are in training right now on how to provide almost a clinic approach to one-off walk-ins.”

“We’re looking at hitting the surface where people are just starting to have issues with their mental health,” said Mackie. “It’s much needed, and a lot of mental health conditions, if we catch them early enough, don’t get to a point where you need nine, 10 sessions to help you.”

Some of the programs are available to everyone in the Delhi and surrounding area and others are only open to patients of the Delhi Family Health Team.

The team encourages anyone that feels they may benefit from a program to call or stop by and ask about the specific programming.

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