Blood Tribe welcomes new Opioids Response Coordinator, Lana Healy

Blood Tribe welcomes new Opioids Response Coordinator, Lana Healy

 

The Blood Tribe is proud to introduce the new Opioid Response Coordinator, Siikapiinakii – Lana Healy. Lana is a proud member of the Blood Tribe, coming from the Aakaipokaiksi – Many Children and Pottstakiiksi – Bites at The Throat clans. Her parents are Marvin Many Chiefs Sr. and the late Beverly Many Chiefs nee Wolf Child. Lana is the proud mother of five children: Jared (Carleigh), Tate, Ellie, Scarlett and Paris and wife of 24 years to Lance Healy.

Lana has been a registered nurse since 2011, receiving her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Lethbridge. Prior to starting her nursing career, Lana was a health care aide and recreation therapist where her passion and advocacy started for the vulnerable individuals of our community.

The Blood Tribe Opioid Response Coordinator plays a vital role in the community that facilitates, organizes, and implements the Blood Tribe Opioid Action Plan Initiative. The Opioid Response Coordinator provides information within the action plan to services on- and off-reserve that assists in the healing and recovery of Blood Tribe members.

Lana has an extensive background in the addiction and mental health field, working in a wide variety of clinical settings as a front-line nurse and manager across southern Alberta. She has developed several key documents in addition to initiating, coordinating, and enforcing several opioid and harm reduction programs with Alberta Health Services, Piikani Home Care, Kainai Healing Lodge Centre, and more.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to be the Opioid Response Coordinator to help our community begin to heal, combat the opioid crisis, and to help make our community thriving, vibrant, and healthy”, Lana states. She is a community role model that looks forward to sharing her experience and knowledge of the health care field and Blackfoot culture with community members. The Blood Tribe welcomes Lana Healy as our new Opioid Response Coordinator.

Blood Tribe Opioid Response Coordinator, Lana Healy. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

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