May 13 – According to Police Service Chief Robert Keetch, the Neighbourhood Resource Centre has been instrumental in decreasing crime in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
The centre, launched by Sault Ste. Marie police last May, serves as an access point for area residents to medical assistance provided by Superior FHT team members and community agencies, such as Ontario Works, Children’s Aid Society and Canadian Mental Health Association. Superior FHT’s lead physician, Dr. Alan McLean, along with a nurse and administrative assistant, run the weekly clinic, with a nurse practitioner switching with Dr. McLean every other week.
Services have even been expanded with a weekly smoking cessation clinic run by a nurse as well. The centre’s success may lead to similar programs in the area.
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