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Health Matters, december 2015 issue
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Bart Goemans, Doug Horner, Dr. Christine Luelo,
Kyle Metcalf, Mike Ridewood, Jimi Scherer,
Erin Sutherland, Frankie Thornhill, Chrissie Worth,
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Community clinics offer
helping hand to city’s
most vulnerable citizens
Not everyone who needs health care can get
to a doctor’s office. Realizing this, health care
professionals from the Calgary West Central Primary
Care Network often work at two community clinics
that help patients with distinct health concerns.
The Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) and
The Alex serve people who are homeless or living
near or below the poverty line. Of all the things that
shape health, nothing has a more powerful effect
than poverty. It shortens lives, erodes quality of
life and puts a tremendous demand on community
services, especially health care. As a result, the
patients cared for at The Alex and CUPS often have
complex physical and mental health needs.
It takes a sense of community, a convenient location,
access to a variety of caregivers and most of all,
understanding and trust to meet these needs.
CUPS’ Beltline centre includes a primary care clinic,
women’s health clinic, mental health program, pre-and postnatal programs, dental and vision care and
outreach staff at seven shelters and detox centres.
“They know the location, they know the team,”
says CUPS health director Dr. Van Nguyen, of her
patients. “We try our best to offer all of our supports
right out of this clinic.”
Nguyen is one of nine Calgary West Central PCN
member doctors who work at CUPS. Five work at
The Alex Community Health Centre.
“Patients like to have a home base, and when you
have a home base you get more continuity,” says Dr.
Cover photo (left to right): geriatric nurse
consultant bethan simms, dr. Jeremy debruyn
and dr. van nguyen were photographed by