Interfaith Health Care Association of Manitoba

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Who we are

The Catholic Health Association of Manitoba (CHAM) is a voluntary, provincial association dedicated to the healing ministry of the church. Affiliated with the Bishops of Manitoba and the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay, Northwest Territories, CHAM serves as a link between Catholic Health care facilities, agencies, parishes and individuals.

Through the ministries of education, healthcare ethics, spiritual care, Catholic ownership and social justice, CHAM fulfills its mission of compassionate concern and respect for all persons. It strives to promote leadership, collaboration, and sensitivity in the evolving health care services offered to the people of Manitoba.

CHAM serves as a provincial resource for its members and all those interested in its mission.

Membership Services

Education & Formation

Presents and sponsors educational and formation programs for health care professionals, volunteers and parish workers

  • Mission Series Workshops
  • Conferences
  • World Day of the Sick resource packets
  • Diocesan study days support
  • Member of the Manitoba Multifaith Council Spiritual Health Planning Committee
  • Act as a liaison between members, the Church and community
  • CHAM Newsletter & social media
  • Participation in the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC) National Dialogue on the Future of Catholic Health Care in Canada
  • Member of CHAC’s awaken – Revealing the courageous gift of Catholic Health Care awareness campaign team

Communication

  • CHAM acts as a liaison between members, the Church and community
  • CHAM Newsletter & social media
  • Participation in the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC) National Dialogue on the Future of Catholic Health Care in Canada
  • Member of CHAC’s awaken – Revealing the courageous gift of Catholic Health Care awareness campaign team

Advocacy

  • Identifies persons whose voice is not heard in health-related needs.
  • Informs members of unmet needs and facilitates a response to these needs.
  • Dialogues with the various levels of government to ensure the value of faith-based health care is available to Manitobans.
  • Participation on the Provincial Spiritual Advisory Committee
  • Examples of past efforts:
    • Bill 34 – Conscience-Based Objection – Protection for Health Care Professionals and Others (The Medical Assistance in Dying Act)
    • Participation in the Public Consultation on Health Care in Manitoba
    • Response to the Ombudsman’s opinion on access to information for spiritual care providers, joint CHAM / IHCAM project
    • Participation in the review of the PHIA legislation, joint CHAM / IHCAM project

Governance

Provides advice and information assisting in the development of ownership models of Catholic health care facilities to maintain the presence of the Catholic community and the Church in the health care field.

  • CHAC values Integration Assessment Program
  • Survey of spiritual care in Catholic health care facilities, in conjunction with Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba
  • Member of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC) Governing Council
  • CHAM staffs the Interfaith Health Care Association of Manitoba and the Manitoba Association of Residential & Community Care Homes for the Elderly
  • Reviewing the development of a Formation program for clinicians and board members working in Catholic Health Care

Ethics

Studies ethical issues associated with health care and prepares guidelines which may assist in ethical decision-making

  • Involved in the Medical Assistance in Dying conversations
    • Organized a workshop in January 2018 on MAiD and Palliative Care
  • Response to the Manitoba Law Reform Commission discussion paper on Withholding and Withdrawing Life Sustaining Treatment
  • Advanced Directive Brochure
  • Preparation of a Nutrition / Hydration brochure for health care providers, patients, and families

 

Critical Relationships

  • Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry
  • Canadian Association of Pastoral Practice and Education
  • Catholic Health Association of Canada
  • Cathholic Health Association of Saskatchewan
  • Catholic Health Association of Ontario
  • Catholic Health International - Maritimes
  • Catholic Health of British Columbia
  • Providence Health of Alberta
  • Catholic Health Association of the United States
  • Catholic Foundation of Manitoba
  • Canadian Catholics Bioethics Institute
  • Palliative Care ManitobA
  • Manitoba Multifaith Council
  • Provincial Spiritual Health Advisory Committee
  • WRHA Spiritual Care Advisory Committee
  • Canadian Virtual Hospice