Street CCRED in the Community: Street CCRED partners with community agencies, health care programs and organizations that work with and support vulnerable populations in Calgary. Through these partnerships and collaborations, we have been able to help initiate, facilitate and expedite the development of programs and community initiatives. Here are some projects that we have been a part of that are making a difference today for Calgary's most vulnerable.
MANAGED ALCOHOL PROGRAM (MAP) – PILOT PROJECT
Street CCRED facilitated and submitted a successful grant application to catalyze a Managed Alcohol Pilot Program in Calgary. This collaboration with CUPS and The Alex Community Health Centre was led by Drs Van Nguyen and Lara Nixon. The initiative has evolved to include other Calgary projects supported by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) that continue to be led by Dr. Nixon and other researchers.
CALGARY ALLIED MOBILE PALLIATIVE PROGRAM (CAMPP)
The Calgary Allied Mobile Palliative Program (CAMPP) delivers end-of-life palliative care to some of Calgary's most vulnerable people. Initially led by Dr. Simon Colgan and Rachael Edwards, RN in partnership with CUPS Connect 2 Care, CAMPP has brought compassion and dignity to palliative patients who are typically underserved. CAMPP works actively with our community partners to ensure that all Calgarians are able to receive equitable access to palliative care, helping homeless individuals manage pain, navigate the health care system and have a voice in their end-of-life care. Street CCRED has accompanied CAMPP leadership in establishing this highly valued community-owned program. For additional information about CAMPP, please visit their website that can be accessed HERE
CALGARY RECOVERY SERVICES TASK FORCE (CRSTF)
As an active participant in the Health Services Working Group of the CRSTF, Street CCRED played a prominent role in collaborating on the final seven recommendations and helped launch the Report at an event in January 2017. Street CCRED members presented proposals to the Task Force’s Collaborative for Health and Home (CHH) Steering Committee including: Clinical services for the Homeless Serving System of Care (HSSC) and Medical Respite for the Homeless, yielding the current program. Members of the Health services working group also served on the acute care initiative to address No Fixed Address client discharges. To view the CRSTF Final Report and access the rebranded Collaboration for Health and Home, please click HERE
OAT (OPIOID AGONIST TREATMENT) PROGRAMS
In response to emerging evidence of an opioid overdose epidemic in 2017, Street CCRED helped coordinate a volunteer-led opioid overdose prevention plan. Homeless serving agencies running OAT programs at Alpha house, CUPS and with CCT doing 'field' Suboxone starts. Street CCRED represented community clinicians on the Alberta College of Family Physicians Opioid Response Task Force (Drs Bonnie Larson, Helen Bouman, Simon Colgan) 2017-2019.
SAFE CONSUMPTION SITE (SCS) DEVELOPMENT AND OPENING
Street CCRED worked with the Calgary Coalition for Supervised Consumption (SCS) Advocacy Group to advocate for the development of a harm reduction site operated by Alberta Health Services (AHS) Safe Works at the Sheldon Chumir Centre. Street CCRED and community partners continue to explore opportunities to ensure this life-saving practice is available to those whose lives depend on it providing clinical supports via CCT, and overdose prevention training and education.
For additional information related to Supervised Consumption in Calgary, please refer to the 'Supervised Consumption: A Report for Calgarians' which was released by the Calgary Coalition on Supervised Consumption and can be accessed HERE.
HOME CARE IN SHELTER PROJECT
A generous Street CCRED donor and volunteer funded renovations and project management to incorporate 12 home care beds at the Drop-In Centre helping alleviate the strain on the emergency health care system and bringing meaningful care to those living in shelters. Street CCRED members joined partners from the Calgary Drop-In Centre, AHS Home Care, Government of Alberta and Community and Social Service agencies, sitting on both the steering committee and the quality improvement committee.
Street CCRED would like to recognize and thank our funders: