Medical Clinic Background
The clinic was first established in the early 1990’s in a small store front space where medical care was offered in the evenings only. For several years the clinic operated without funding for support staff. In 1993, funding became available and the clinic was able to expand to daytime hours. Currently, our clinic operates seven days a week and employs a multitude of physicians, nurses and support staff. Medical care continues to be accessible without fees even to those without valid medical coverage.
The clinic’s goals are to improve and promote the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of individuals, focusing on members of the Aboriginal community residing in the greater Vancouver area, with specific attention to those living in the Downtown Eastside. We strive to provide a "one-stop shop” and a wrap-around integrated health care model that provides cultural safety, flexibility and non-judgmental care for all our patients. The clinic’s objective is to improve the access to and the quality of primary health care services. We pay specific attention to HIV, mental health, addictions and chronic diseases, particularly diabetes, COPD and Hepatitis C.
Our patients reside in Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhood with the city’s lowest level of income and education rates, as well as the highest rates of health utilization and hospitalizations. Major determinants of health affecting this population include poverty, substance abuse, mental illness and chronic disease.
In our 2015/16 fiscal year, we recorded approximately 19,500 patient visits with 2,300 individuals accessing our services. Approximately 62 percent self identify as Aboriginal.