On October 22, 1970, the founding meeting was held at the Winnipeg General Hospital of the Manitoba Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists (MAMLT); 74 members.
By 1975, membership had grown to 500 and the First Executive Director is hired – Lorne Renaul.
June 12, 1975, we changed our name to The Manitoba Paramedical Association (MPA) to reflect our membership, which now included Physiotherapists, Radiology Technologists, Respiratory Therapists, EKG Technologists and Technicians.
In 1985 the Association once again changed its name to better reflect its diverse membership to the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals (MAHCP). Membership had grown to 948.
The Association continued to grow, attract new disciplines and occupations to its fold such as Medical Sonographers, Occupational Therapists and Pharmacists.
1995 the membership had grown to 1,300 in over 30 disciplines.
By 1997, representation rose to approximately 1,400 members in thirty-three professions, in twenty-nine individual health care facilities.
By the year 2000, MAHCP membership has grown considerably to approximately 2,100 members in over 60 professions including Audiologists, Dietitians, Case Coordinators, Resource Coordinators, Mental Health Workers, Pastoral/Spiritual Care Workers, Psychologists, Recreation Therapists and Social Workers in both the community and institutional settings.
Urban votes in 2002 increased membership to 3,400 members.
October 2005 at the AGM; full-time President carried.
Currently the Association represents over 3,600 health care workers in over 160 professions.
This CBC article highlights the difficulties smaller cities and towns are having with the opioid crisis. Here's an excerpt:
A related report released Wednesday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information says people in smaller Canadian cities were hospitalized due to opioid poisoning at far higher rates on average in 2017 compared to large cities.
"We previously had thought that the opioid crisis is a big-city issue … but this analysis shows us that the opioid crisis affects smaller communities as well as bigger communities," said Roger Chen, program leader with the CIHI opioid reporting team.