Introducing FNHC’s new Enhanced Service Delivery Supervisor and Operations Manager

The First Nations Health Consortium is proud to announce Julia Knott as the Enhanced Service Delivery Supervisor and Rod Geyer as Operations Manager.

Julia Knott is Cree from Duncan’s First Nation in Treaty 8. Julia comes to the First Nations Health Consortium from her prior role as Director of Health with Western Cree Tribal Council for the last three years. Previously, she was the Health Director for Duncan’s First Nation from 2010 - 2014. During her time at Duncan’s First Nation, Julia focused on the Health Service Integration Fund (HSIF) Primary Care with the implementation of the CHIP program. This led to Duncan’s First Nation getting access to Net Care. Once the project completed, Julia became the First Nation Co-Chair for the Health Service Integration Fund (HSIF) Mental Health & Addictions. Julia understands the importance of collaboration and relationship building between various stakeholders to provide services to First Nations. She strongly believes that all First Nations people should have equal access to services both on and off reserve regardless of perceived jurisdiction.

Rod Geyer is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years of senior level accounting experience for educational organizations and for-profit enterprises. Most recently, Rod worked as a consultant in higher education and oil and gas and has previous experience working as a systems analyst. His combined experience will provide Rod with the tools to ensure the First Nations Health Consortium meets its goals and objectives.

The First Nations Health Consortium is a new organization that developed in February 2017 to improve access to health, social and educational support to all First Nations children in Alberta. The Consortium links families to services to ensure First Nations children on or off reserve are not denied services. Jordan Anderson died after spending over two years in hospital after government officials could not decide who should pay for his at-home care because he was First Nations. Jordan’s Principle was created in his honour to ensure First Nations children have equal and fair access to services ordinarily available to other children and to shield them from jurisdictional disputes. 

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