Caring For Vulnerable Populations in Canada
At each of the dialogues, participants shared stories of the challenges they face in caring for vulnerable populations. But at the same time, their stories illustrate the incredible courage, determination and resourcefulness of the frontline health workers who dedicate themselves to finding innovative solutions to the challenges at hand.
Here is just a sample of the inspiring stories that were told around the tables of the Frontline Health Dialogues. To learn more, read the full reports from the Vancouver or Atlantic Canada Dialogues.
Homeless and street-involved populations
Patient empowerment in healthcare
Educating the next generation of frontline practitioners
Innovative Approaches to Healthcare Challenges
Homeless and street-involved populations: eLearning Modules on Homelessness and Healthcare
These modules examine who the homeless are in Canada, how they’ve become homeless, the risky behaviours in which they engage, the diseases that run through their communities, the challenges and obstacles they face every day, and treatment options designed with the unique requirements of homeless people in mind.
Learn more about the eLearning Modules
Healthcare on Vancouver’s downtown eastside
An inner-city primary care physician on Vancouver’s downtown eastside finds innovative ways to provide support and care to populations having difficulty accessing healthcare services. Dr. Trevor Corneil, Medical Director – Primary Health Care Urban Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Three Bridges Clinic – Vancouver, B.C.
Learn more about Dr. Trevor Corneil
A clinic for Vancouver’s street youth
A clinic catering to street youth that was born out of frustration with the quality of health services available to young people in the community.
Dr. Todd Sakakibara, Three Bridges Clinic – Vancouver, B.C.
Soccer, healthcare and the homeless
A soccer team comprised of homeless men is part of a program that uses sport and wellness to change homeless men’s outlook on life and helps them take control of their well-being.
Rhonda Alvarez, Program Coordinator, Healing Spirit Lodge – Vancouver, B.C.
A mobile healthcare solution for the street-involved in Halifax
Community organizations join forces to develop a mobile outreach program to deliver primary healthcare to street-involved populations in Halifax and Dartmouth.
Patti Melanson, North End Community Health Centre, NS
Larry Baxter, Chair, Nova Scotia Advisory Committee on AIDS – Halifax, NS
Learn more about Mobile Outreach Street Health
Street reach: reaching out on the streets of St. John’s
A group of community organizations collaborate to secure funding for a Street Reach program, where frontline workers are sent out to provide healthcare services for the homeless in St. John’s, Newfoundland from out of the back of a truck.
Tree Walsh, Coordinator, Safe Works Access Program – St. John’s, NL
The Red Door: a health clinic for adolescents in Nova Scotia
An adolescent health clinic that flourishes on the passion of a few committed nurses, who despite having regular full-time jobs, dedicate time every week to work for an organization they believe in.
Alyson Lamb, part-time nurse at the Red Door Clinic – Halifax, NS
Learn more about The Red Door
INSITE: Vancouver’s safe injection site
A safe injection site is established to curb overdose deaths and offer opportunities for injection drug users to approach nurses with an aim to improve their own health.
Mr. Mark Townsend, Executive Director, Portland Hotel Society; Manager, Insite – Vancouver, B.C.
Learn more about Insite