Taking Healthcare on the Road - Saskatoon Health Region Primary Health Bus wins 2012 CPHA-Amgen Award for Innovation in Family Health

OTTAWA, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - When the Saskatoon Health Region launched the Primary Health Bus in August 2008, their goal was to provide quality health care to underserved areas of the community.  Now in its fourth year, the Primary Health Bus receives accolades for its novel approach to healthcare, and has just been announced as the winner of the 2012 CPHA-Amgen Award for Innovation in Family Health.

"Providing family and community healthcare when and where our residents need it is the driving force behind the Primary Health Bus," said Vikki Smart, Senior Manager of Primary Health, Saskatoon Health Region Primary Health Bus.  "We believe that providing accessible healthcare will improve the overall health of our community and are honoured to be recognized by CPHA and Amgen Canada for our initiatives."

The Primary Health Bus received this award for their inter-professional, friendly and approachable delivery of health care services to underserved communities. Visiting seven different locations in Saskatoon's core neighbourhoods, the Health Bus is committed to promoting the health and well-being of the community.

"Initiating and adopting innovative practices in family health is critical to the well-being of our communities," said Debra Lynkowski, CEO of CPHA. "The Saskatoon Health Region Primary Health Bus delivers unique family health initiatives which contribute to the health and well-being of many members of the Saskatoon community."

"Amgen recognizes the importance of timely access to quality health care and the impact family health can have on the vibrancy of the community," said Geoff Sprang, Director, Value & Access, Amgen Canada Inc. "We applaud the Saskatoon Health Region Primary Health Bus for their outstanding contributions to family health."

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SOURCE Canadian Public Health Association

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Kelsey Strickland 
Hill + Knowlton Strategies 
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kelsey.strickland@hkstrategies.ca

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