New Nurse Practitioner Comes to Windsor to Provide Care for the Aboriginal Community

WINDSOR/ESSEX – The Erie St. Clair LHIN is pleased to announce the new Nurse Practitioner located at the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) within the Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Thanks to the partnerships between the Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre, Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre, and SOAHAC, the new Nurse Practitioner will be providing care for local Aboriginal families and individuals to help them live a balanced state of well-being by sharing and promoting holistic health practices.

This new full-time position will see a base funding investment of $122,700 by the Erie St. Clair LHIN into the Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre.  This funding will help address significant health gaps and poorer health outcomes of the Aboriginal population by improving access to care in the community.

The Nurse Practitioner is a part of the Windsor-based Aboriginal Chronic Disease Prevention and Management initiatives whose goal it is to provide programs and services to on and off reserve, status, non-status and Metis Aboriginal populations. This initiative plays a vital role in the community by addressing specific chronic health challenges such as diabetes; a disease that adversely affects Aboriginal Canadians more than any other group in Canada.

Aboriginal families and individuals looking to access the Nurse Practitioner will receive a full range of health care services including:

  • Physical check-ups
  • Referrals to specialists, lab, x-ray and ultrasound testing
  • Prescriptions (excluding narcotics)
  • Prenatal care
  • Management of long-term illnesses and short-term problems
  • Education about conditions such as high blood pressure and asthma

Nurse Practitioner services are available for people who do not have a family Physician or Nurse Practitioner. To become a patient or to find out more information about SOAHAC, please call 1-844-737-0725.

To learn more about Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre, visit:

For more information, please contact Shannon Sasseville, Director, Communications, Public Affairs, and Organizational Development, Erie St. Clair LHIN, at 1-866-231-5446 ext. 3225 or at


“The care that the new nurse practitioner will bring to our community is great news for the residents of Windsor/Essex. It is the belief of both the Erie St. Clair LHIN and myself that people in our community deserve access to quality health care, specifically primary care. It is exciting that the LHIN can work with community partners to identify a need and work together to help meet that need.” — Gary Switzer, CEO, Erie St. Clair LHIN

“We are looking forward to getting to know the city and developing partnerships designed to improve access to and quality of health services for the Aboriginal communities in the Windsor area. We are grateful to have a Nurse Practitioner like Grace who has years of experience across a broad range of sectors, particularly serving individuals and families who have experienced barriers to receiving culturally appropriate health care,” — Brian Dokis, Executive Director, SOAHAC


  • Age-standardized rates show the prevalence of diabetes was 17.2% among First Nations individuals living on-reserve, 10.3% among First Nations individuals living off-reserve, and 7.3% among Métis, compared to 5.0% in the non-Aboriginal population.

BIO - Grace Lasala