Regional Essential Access to Connected Healthcare, Niagara
Shelter-based primary care medical clinics are staffed part-time by a family doctor, a nurse practitioner, nurse practitioners, a social worker and community paramedics. We serve people who do not have a doctor, or who cannot see their doctor. We manage 80% or more of the cases we see; we refer to specialists when needed.
We connect people with local family practices or Community Health Centres such as Quest, and care for them until they are accepted into care. We connect people with mental health services, required specialist services, foot care, wound care and dental assessments as required. As we grow, we will provide access to an increasing range of marginalized people in Niagara, such as migrant agricultural workers, immigrants, refugees and others.
Everyone has the RIGHT to access health care.
Remove barriers by locating healthcare where the need exists; help people transition to local family doctors when possible.
MISSION: “Putting health within REACH for everyone in Niagara”
Remove barriers by locating healthcare where the need exists; help people transition to local family doctors when possible. Improve access to existing resources through collaboration. Add services where needed. Decrease emergency department visits. Teach students to care for the people REACH serves. Use research and quality improvement to provide the best possible care. Improve health and reduce illness and harm.
Guiding Principles – WE CARE
Welcoming – We are accepting and we do not judge.
Equality – We act with integrity and fairness; everyone has equal value.
Compassion – We treat all with dignity, kindness and compassion.
Access – We are responsive to people’s needs and facilitate access to healthcare.
Respect – We respect one another and meet people ‘where they are at’.
Empathy – We Care. And through our caring, we build trust.