Street CCRED (Community Capacity in Research, Education and Development) is a collaborative of front-line service providers, academics, agencies and community members who come together to share their knowledge, expertise, skills and resources with the shared goal of advocating for health equity in Calgary. Street CCRED works in partnership with the University of Calgary's O’Brien Institute for Public Health in the Cumming School of Medicine.
We nurture grassroots initiatives to address gaps in the current landscape of care for citizens at the highest risk of poor health outcomes. Our service philosophy is deeply influenced by principles of: Health equity; collaboration and solidarity; decolonization; government and institution accountability; addressing structural violence; upstream determinants of health; compassion; harm reduction and housing first.
Street - initiatives originate at the "street" level with front-line providers and community members Community - leveraging the collective goals of compassionate and resilient Calgarians through skills-based volunteerism Capacity - identifying barriers and addressing disparities through engagement, education and empowerment Research - gathering, promoting and sharing evidence on interventions that reduce health inequity Education - advancing skills and shifting attitudes, through workshops, conferences, peer-to-peer training and hands-on experience Development - promoting and facilitating change in policy and compassionate care and service delivery using principles of community participation and development. Results are always returned to community.
VISION An equitable, just and compassionate Calgary where everyone feels accepted and cared for in times of illness or need. MISSION Promote a healthy community by networking and coordinating community partners (front-line service providers, academics, agencies and community members) who, through collaboration, drive initiatives that benefit our most vulnerable.
A note on language: The utilization of the term 'vulnerable' is with the recognition that the vast majority of vulnerable persons are in this position because of structural determinants of vulnerability, or the ways in which systems, structures, policies and programs make people vulnerable.
What we do
Passionate and committed organizations are working hard every day to address the complex health needs of Calgary's most vulnerable citizens. But with a demand that far outweighs existing resources, significant service, navigation and access gaps remain for those who are experiencing chronic homelessness and may need wraparound health and social supports such as housing-first programs. Street CCRED collaborates to identify those gaps and coordinate and deliver a health mandate that meets the needs of each individual-where they're at and when they're ready.
Land Acknowledgement: In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.This sacred gathering place provides us with an opportunity to engage in and demonstrate leadership on reconciliation. Thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment to join our team on the lands of Treaty 7 territory (Calgary Foundation).