Diabetes Prevention/Diabetes Management

Our diabetes prevention program and diabetes management program will empower participants to manage their health.

In both programs, participants will learn ways to better manage blood glucose (sugar) and prevent unfavourable health outcomes. A multidisciplinary approach helps participants to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in adopting healthier lifestyle behaviours through:
  • Group educational sessions with other participants who are going through similar challenges
  • Interactive discussions and practical activities
  • One-on-one clinical visits
  • Medication review
  • Risk assessment
  • Individual goal setting
The diabetes prevention program includes:
  • 3 educational group sessions
    • How diabetes works
    • Healthy eating to prevent diabetes
    • Keeping active and healthy weight loss
  • 2 behavioural follow-up calls to assess adoption of healthy lifestyle habits at 1 and 6 months after the educational sessions
  • 1 individual clinical follow-up with your family doctor or nurse practitioner to evaluate your progress 3 months after the educational sessions
The diabetes program includes:
  • 4 educational group sessions
    • How diabetes works
    • Healthy eating to prevent diabetes
    • Keeping active and healthy weight loss
    • Caring for your feet and dealing with your emotions
  • 2 behavioural follow-up call to assess adoption of healthy lifestyle habits at 1 and 6 months after the educational sessions
  • 1 individual clinical follow-up with your family doctor or nurse practitioner to evaluate your progress 3 months after the educational sessions

IUD Program

The Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a reliable and highly effective birth control method for all women of childbearing age. This birth control method is effective for up to 5 years, with a pregnancy prevention rate of over 99%.

Our team offers an on site IUD insertion program, to all eligible females of the MAFHT seeking a simple method of contraception.

3 easy steps:
  1. Talk to your doctor about your contraceptive options.
  2. Decide whether an IUD is right for you
  3. Book an IUD insertion session which will be completed by a physician or nurse practitioner

Smoking Cessation

The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation is a systematic, comprehensive approach to clinical tobacco dependence treatment initially developed by The University of Ottawa Heart Institute for hospitalized smokers. We have adopted the model and subsequently transformed our clinical practices regarding smoking cessation. In doing so, our aim is to assist our patients by ensuring the provision of effective, evidence-based tobacco-dependence treatment, delivered by our knowledgeable healthcare professionals.

Your primary healthcare provider will be asking you about your tobacco use during office visits. We are here to help!

Memory Clinic

Since May 2014, The MAFHT is proud to offer the primary care Memory Clinic for patients who have concerns about their memory or noticing impairments in their ability to perform usual activities of daily living.

During a visit at the Memory Clinic, patients can expect to meet with our friendly team of nurses, nurse practitioner, physician, pharmacist and social workers, who are skilled and trained in assessing memory and functional abilities, including how cognition may impact driving abilities. We assess many aspects of memory function and provide recommendations and treatment options when applicable.

Patients and Family can expect the appointment to last between 2 to 2.5 hours. This time allows each team member to conduct the assessments and attend to each patient’s individual needs.

The Memory Clinic is available only upon clinical referral. Talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner about your cognitive concerns.

Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy (the use of multiple medications) is common among the elderly. Our polypharmacy program relies heavily on interprofessional collaboration; including participation from the pharmacist, primary care provider and nurses in order to properly address our patients’ needs.

The FHT pharmacist conducts medication reviews following primary care provider’s referrals, meeting with patients (either in person or via telephone) to discuss their medications and medication management. The program aims to:
  • Minimize use of inappropriate medications, thus reducing risks associated with polypharmacy
  • Optimizing patients’ medication
  • Improve compliance to treatment
  • Improve patients’ knowledge of their medication

Mental Health Program

Our Mental Health Program aims to help people improve their mental health by offering assessment services, psychotherapy, education and assistance in navigating community resources. Our team includes social workers, a psychologist and psychiatrists.

These services are offered to adults, teenagers and children who face various problems, including (but not limited to):
  • Depression
  • Anxiety /stress
  • Violence
  • Pain/Chronic Illness
  • Addiction
Summary of Mental Health Services
Evaluation

Therapists assess symptoms, lifestyle factors and the impact they have on daily activities. The therapists work with the patient to determine a treatment plan.

Psychotherapy

Short term, individual psychotherapy (1-10 hour sessions) aims to explore areas of concern, set goals, and to acquire new skills and develop tools to improve the well being of the patient.

Navigation of community resources

This service ensures that the patient receives the necessary information to facilitate the transition to services outside of the MAFHT, such as agencies providing financial aid, housing, food and drug, among others.

Our mental health professionals are trained and experienced. Our commitment is to help you in a confidential and non-judgmental environment.

STI (sexually transmitted infections)

Through a partnership with Ottawa Public Health, we offer free onsite treatments for:
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Syphilis

Additional services within the STI program include screening for other sexually transmitted infections (in addition to screening for the above mentioned STIs) as well as STI and sexual health education.

Your doctor or nurse practitioner are ready to talk to you about STIs, methods of contraception or any other concerns you may have about your sexual health.

It’s Time, to Talk About Hypertension

This program is focused on hypertension. It provides participants with education in order to help them make changes to their lifestyles and optimize the use of their medications, ultimately stabilizing their hypertension and reducing the effects it might have on their overall health.

A multidisciplinary approach ensures ongoing monitoring of vital signs as they pertain to hypertension and the provision of key educational sessions that will help participants make informed choices regarding their lifestyles.

This program includes:
  • 5 educational group sessions
    • What is hypertension?
    • Healthy eating for your blood pressure
    • Physical activity – Facts and recommendations
    • Curb your sodium intake
    • Stress reduction
  • 1 individual clinical follow-up with your family doctor or nurse practitioner to evaluate your progress