CHPA student Megan Newman – at the entrance to Shq’aphut

CHPA student Megan Newman – at the entrance to Shq’aphut

Aboriginal health program tuitions halved

One-time funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education means tuition will be halved for the next round of the VIU-developed program

Students who want to study health promotion for Aboriginal communities can now attend a part-time Vancouver Island University (VIU) certificate program for half the cost.

One-time funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education means tuition will be halved for the next round of the VIU-developed program, Community Health Promotion for Aboriginal Communities (CHPA).

“Our government is listening to the health care challenges Aboriginal communities want to address and that’s why we have targeted funding of $83,000 towards this health program offered at VIU,” said Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell.

CHPA was created to meet the desire of the Island’s First Nations communities to have qualified personnel to assist with members’ health needs.

The program, developed in collaboration with the Nanaimo-based Inter Tribal Health Authority, provides training in community development, health education and promotion, and fosters an understanding of health needs in First Nations communities.

Twenty-five students can enroll for the program, which runs from Sept. 2016 to June 2017.

It is offered mostly online, with in-person weekend institutes taking place at VIU’s Parksville campus every six weeks. Students are also required to take a six-week practicum session.

Applications for the CHPA are now being accepted. For more information, visit the CHPA online at www2.viu.ca/pdt/certificates/chpac.asp or contact Coordinator Linda Young at linda.young@viu.ca.