Community Collaboration Provides Seamless Service For A Vulnerable Population

Photography: David Campion

When you are destitute or homeless, good health requires much more than medical care. It can involve a combination of housing, food, addiction, fragile mental or emotional health issues. Negotiating the maze of clinics and agencies that provide help is daunting. In Kelowna, B.C., the frontline workers made a simple decision to solve this problem. They would meet for an hour once a week and collaborate to organize coordinated plans for their clients. The idea was simple and cost-effective, and the results have been impressive. In their first year, Partners in Community Collaboration (PICC) successfully helped 123 people move off the street and into new lives.

For more information on Partners in Community Collaboration, contact:

Address: The Outreach Urban Health Unit Interior Health, Central Okanagan Primary Health Care 455 Leon Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 6J4

Phone: (250) 868-2239

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