Homeless in Fort McMurray are getting better access to essential healthcare.
Street Connect, a team made up of a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, a registered psychiatric nurse, an Indigenous liaison, a recovery worker, and administrative support, will be hitting the streets in an attempt to provide services to the less fortunate.
In a release, Manager of Psychiatry at Northern Lights Regional Health Centre Megan Thorne says the street team will help erase barriers that prevent homeless from getting support in the healthcare system.
“The team will spend much of its time in the downtown core and staff will be able to meet with clients where they are and where they feel comfortable and provide them with more stable and dependable care.”
Street Connect will provide primary care, mental health supports, sexual health education, pregnancy testing, and self-harm reduction.
Anyone who identifies as homeless will be able to use the service. Alberta Health Services says they’ll also be partnering with different local groups to help identify people who could also benefit.