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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Working together to serve our Low-German Speaking Mennonites

Tina Fielding

Trudy Reimer
Trudy Reimer and Tina Fielding, Community Health Representatives

How often do we find out about a resource and wish we would have known about it much sooner? Sometimes we just don’t know where to look or who to ask but resources and partnerships are likely all around us. I would like to share with you what we, as Community Health Representatives, have to offer you if you are working with or around Low-German Speaking Mennonites (LGSM).

Trudy and I work with our LGSM as interpreters and help them to navigate the health care world. We book and accompany them to appointments, fill out paper work and provide education in order to improve their overall health experience. We love being able to connect them with various resources while helping to strengthen the relationships and communication between service provider and client. Together with our many partners we are able to help members of the LGSM in our south zone, and beyond, access health care and education.

School liaisons like Dan Doerksen, George Epp, and Randy Giesbrecht are one example of the amazing partnerships we have made.

Dan works for Palliser Schools (Rural - County of Lethbridge and County of Vulcan) and also facilitates various ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for parents of Palliser students. Together with Dan and other partners, we are working on educational presentations to help our clients be healthier, happier and safer families in a culture that is very new to many of them.

George works with Horizon School District (Taber and area) and has for many years been an amazing resource for our LGSM and has helped a great many settle into Alberta living. Together with his team they have made a huge impact on the LGSM in Alberta.

Randy works for Prairie Rose School Division (Medicine Hat and Area) and is also a key partner in serving the LGSM community.

Also, together with our Public Health Nurses and dental staff, we are able to understand and alleviate any concerns our clients have in the areas of immunization, post-partum health, oral health, and various other health issues. Our seniors are being looked after by an amazing group of social workers who help us find resources and apply for various programs to assist them in their later years.

If you would like to partner with us to help the LGSM community, or if you would like to utilize our services, please contact us by e-mail or telephone using the information provided below.

Trudy Reimer and Tina Fielding are Community Health Representatives with Population Health and can be reached at trudy.reimer@albertahealthservices.ca 403-388-6671and tina.fielding@albertahealthservices.ca 403-388-6671


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