The staff and practitioners at Central Brampton Family Health Team are dedicated to working with you on your journey to sustained good health and are excited to provide the following programs.

Comprehensive Diabetes Care Clinics

The program works to provide self-management education and support to patients living with diabetes in order to improve overall health and quality of life.

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Our diabetes team is comprised of a registered dietitian, nurse, kinesiologist, a pharmacist and your physician. Each member of our team specializes in one of the 3 pillars of diabetes care: nutrition, medication, and physical activity. The diabetes team at CBFHT has been able to demonstrate that patients who participate in this program achieve better management of their diabetes diagnosis compared to those who do not.

Our team is privileged to have multiple Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE’s) on staff. As a testament to the team’s passion and commitment for helping patients with diabetes to improve their health, the team was the recipient of The 2014 Patients First Award for their project “Diabetes Days: Individualizing Patient Care.” This award recognizes individuals, teams or organizations from across Canada that have made innovative and effective contributions in patient-centered care.

Our diabetes program is also recognized by Diabetes Canada’s Standards Recognition Program (SRP) which acknowledges and formally recognizes diabetes education programs across Canada that strives to provide the best possible care to people living with diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes. Specifically being granted this special designation recognizes CBFHT Diabetes Education Programs which offers:

High-quality self-management education supported by an inter-professional healthcare team with specialized knowledge of diabetes, and best practice care that follows Diabetes Canada’s Clinical Practice Guidelines.

To participate in this program at the Gillingham Site, you will need a referral from your physician and you will be expected to attend appointments 3-4 times a year. If you would like more information, please contact our administrative team at 905-456-7111 ext 2 (60 Gillingham Drive location), or 289-499-2239 (2130 North Park Drive location).

Attend an upcoming LET’S TALK DIABETES workshop. This event is open to anyone in the community. A referral is not required. For more information call 905-456-7111 ext. 2, or visit our calendar of events.

 

Hypertension Management Program

If you have high blood pressure that has been newly diagnosed or challenging to control, this program may be just right for you. High blood pressure is often referred to as a ‘silent killer’, because individuals often feel fine despite their blood pressure being elevated. Achieving normal blood pressure is important to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

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Our multidisciplinary health care team takes a holistic approach to help patients achieve control of their high blood pressure. Patients referred to the Hypertension Program by their family physician may meet with one or more of our allied health care team professionals, depending on their needs and interests. Each member of our team provides specific expertise related to blood pressure control ranging from the role of medication to lifestyle changes that can be used to achieve, and then, maintain blood pressure targets.

If you are interested in participating in this program, let your physician at the Gillingham Site know! Central Brampton Family Health Team also offers patients the opportunity to join the CHANGE Program (also known as “Highway to Health”). The focus of the CHANGE Program is to help individuals who meet the criteria for Metabolic Syndrome improve their short and long-term health outcomes through lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise.

During this 1-year program, participants will be working closely with a Registered Dietitian and Registered Kinesiologist to help incorporate small changes and to positively impact the patient’s health and well-being. Ask your family physician or healthcare provider about this program!

We also host the Heart Health Nutrition Workshop regularly. This event is open to patients and community members. In this workshop, you will learn how to reduce risks associated with heart disease so you can enjoy a longer, healthier life! Click here to learn more and register for our next Heart Health Workshop.                 

Lung Health Screening Program

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the world. Smoking is a major contributor to COPD: approximately 20% of smokers develop the disease. Other risk factors such as air pollution, respiratory infection, chronic asthma, genetic factors and occupational exposure to pollutants in the workplace also contribute to the burden of lung diseases. Asthma is another chronic disease which makes breathing difficult.

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There are many different types of asthma and common symptoms include shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing, and wheezing. The goal of our Lung Health Program is to reduce the incidence of chronic lung diseases through simple screening tests and smoking cessation interventions for those who wish to quit smoking. Asthma and COPD are conditions that can be self-managed and supported by your physician and the lung health team, leading to an improvement in quality of life.

Patients may be referred by their family physician for a baseline lung function test with the Respiratory Therapist or Registered Nurse. Additionally, our Respiratory Therapist will provide education on how to use medications appropriately and answer lung health-related questions. Patients can expect to receive a comprehensive action plan and close follow-up care from the lung health team if diagnosed with asthma or COPD, or if discharged from the hospital after a Covid-19 diagnosis.

Current smokers who wish to quit, can receive support to stop smoking with the assistance of our smoking cessation counselors. Our counselors are affiliated with the STOP program which provides FREE nicotine replacement therapy to patients for up to 26 weeks, coupled with individual counselling and support.

Many lung diseases such as COPD and asthma get worse over time. Understanding what your current lung function is will help you and your physician identify any further decline and take the necessary steps to preserve your health. A physician referral is required in order to participate in this program at the Gillingham Site.*

All of our educational workshops and events on COPD and ASTHMA are open to the community. Please click here for upcoming education sessions.

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some testing, such as spirometry, has been put on hold due to the increased risk for patients.

Highway to Health

Highway to Health* is a progressive, holistic 10-week lifestyle program to re-boot wellness, regardless of age!

  • Learn strategies to improve heart health, blood sugars
  • Improve body composition and overall health
  • Develop more endurance and feel more energetic
  • Improve nutritional status & your relationship with food
  • Discover tips to improve your meal planning
  • Discuss techniques to manage difficult eating patterns
  • Acquire greater skill reading food labels
  • Develop  skills to help manage daily stress
  • Bust food and exercise myths

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Many individuals would like to make lifestyle changes but have difficulty getting started. And they often struggle with long term success. During this program, patients will be supported by their family physician and the allied health care team to integrate sensible, evidence based dietary changes and increased activity into their daily lives over a 10-week period. Participants will attend both group and individual sessions that allow for greater lifestyle customization than simple group programs.

Once the 10-week program is completed, the group will continue to meet monthly for the next 6 months. This will support participants to further sustain the changes they have made and continue to improve their health long after the initial program has finished.

Recruitment for the next group is currently underway and is open to all adult patients at the clinic. It is free of charge. Speak to your family physician or health care provider, or call (905)-456-7111 ext 2 to learn more. 

*Highway to Health is replacing The Change Program during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mental Health Program

Central Brampton Family Health Team works collaboratively with your family physician to provide mental health services that focus on strengthening coping skills and improving overall functioning. This is achieved through individual counselling, psycho-educational mental health webinars, psycho-therapy groups, and care coordination/patient navigation. Services are geared towards those with mild to moderate mental health concerns (including, anxiety, depression, and stress related to relationships).

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Central Brampton Family Health Team is proud to announce that our psycho-educational mental health webinar, “Coping Conversations”, which is open to patients and community members, has won a Bright Lights award from the Association of Family Health Teams Ontario. Group workshops hosted in collaboration with Canadian Mental Health Association have been put on hold until further notice (including “Living Life to the Full”). Living Life to the Full is a skills-enhancing course which is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) principles. These sessions will help participants help understand their feelings, thoughts, and behaviours, and what to do about them over a span of 8-weeks. It is not a therapy group and it is not a replacement for mental health assessments and treatment. Individual therapy sessions may be offered to patients, based on the initial assessment and individual needs. A referral from your family physician is required.

Lifestyle Counselling

Poor diet, lack of physical activity and smoking are the underlying causes of most major chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and even many cancers. There is mounting evidence that physical activity is an important contributor to reducing the risk for cognitive decline with age.

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At CBFHT we are fortunate to have the services of both a Registered Dietitian and Registered Kinesiologist (Health Educator) available to support patients to adopt lifestyle changes that can improve their health. If you are interested in improving your health by changing your dietary habits, seeing a dietitian can be helpful. Whether you’re looking for guidance to develop healthy meal plans, nutritious recipes or a way to reduce the effects of an existing medical condition, getting an expert’s advice specific to your personal situation can be extremely beneficial. While anyone can benefit from consulting with a dietitian, individuals with certain health conditions can benefit even more. Some conditions that may require you to adjust your diet include: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, and even pregnancy.

Being physically active is the single most important thing that most of us can do to maintain our health or improve it- both for the short and long term. Exercise is more about health benefits rather than weight loss for the average person. The appropriate physical activity regardless of weight loss can dramatically change your overall health by changing you from the inside-out. Our kinesiologist can provide guidance on how and what kinds of activities are best suited for you and even help develop an exercise plan customized to your needs and ability. Please speak to your family physician and get a referral to see our registered dietitian and kinesiologist.

 

Prenatal, Infant Feeding and Breastfeeding Workshops

Healthier moms have healthier babies. Healthy babies are more likely to develop into healthy children who grow to be healthy teenagers and adults. We offer 4 educational workshops designed to provide moms-to-be and new parents with evidence-based information that will help them to optimize their prenatal health and that of their baby during the first year of life. These programs are open to both Central Brampton Family Health Team patients and the community.

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Our workshops are designed to be interactive and educational and provide moms-to-be and new moms with the opportunity explore questions they have about common concerns. The prenatal and infant feeding workshops are facilitated by our dietitian and health educator, and the breastfeeding education is offered by our nurse practitioner. Click here to learn more and register for workshops!

Seniors’ Wellness Program

At Central Brampton Family Health Team, we strive to help our aging older patients live the highest quality life, and most independent life possible through our team approach to care. Our multidisciplinary geriatric team works together with patients to fully optimize their health. Our team is comprised of care providers who have expertise in specific areas related to your health. Depending on your health concerns and needs, your physician may refer you to one or more of our allied health care professionals.

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Working with patients and their families, our team performs various assessments that help provide a comprehensive picture of your physical, cognitive and mental health, falls risk, and nutritional status. Your physician will use this information to help determine what kinds of services within the community may be helpful to you and what actions you can take to improve your overall quality of life. Our geriatric program may assess any number of the medical and non-medical aspects of health listed below such as:
• Functional ability
• Physical health
• Cognitive ability
• Medication reviews
• Mental Health
• Balance/Strength
• Activities of Daily living
• Nutritional Status
• Social/environmental circumstances
• Identification of medical conditions
• Develop treatment and follow-up plans
• Coordinate care plans
• Evaluate potential long-term care needs
• Develop Advance Care Planning (POA etc.)

Currently, this program is only offered to patients at the Gillingham Site. Ask your family physician for a referral. Click HERE to download patient forms that need to be completed before attending a senior’s wellness appointment.