Working together to
meet community needs
WRITTEN BY COLLEEN SETOPHOTOGRAPHED BY GEORGE WEBBER
Sometimes life throws curve balls, and you’re not sure what to do. It could
be an aching shoulder, stress from your job, a financial problem—or all
of the above. Your medical home can help. One of the main goals of the
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in the Calgary area
is to understand and respond to your needs. Here
are some of the community programs and services
Providing rural resource support
For residents of Gleichen andmany other rural areas, isolationand transportation can be majorobstacles to good health.
“Patients either had to travel toStrathmore, Calgary or Bassano forassistance or they were left to fallthrough the cracks,” says Val Alce,client resource specialist for theCalgary Rural PCN. While the teamat the Gleichen Medical Centre triesto assist its patients with a rangeof issues, it was clear that medicalneeds were being sidelined bysocial struggles.
In response, Alce’s position
was created to address the
disconnection in the area, and help
patients get social support in the
community. Based out of Strathmore
and Gleichen, Alce assists with
applications for financial assistance,
locating housing agencies, food
bank referrals and addiction
programming—so patients can focus
on their health.
“We see many patients from theSiksika Nation. Many do not knowof the social programming availablein their own community,” Alce says.
Through relationship-building, shemakes navigating and accessingsuch programs easier.
Access to client resourcesupport is via physicianand nurse referral throughthe Calgary Rural PCN’sStrathmore office,(403) 901-0142.