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Outreach (Street Nurses)

The Outreach Program provides expertise and provincial leadership in STI, HIV and TB prevention with vulnerable populations in outreach settings.


The team consists of Registered Nurses and Health Care Workers who work in a variety of clinical and community settings, as well as online. The team works with diverse communities including men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers, and people who are incarcerated.

Through the lens of health promotion and harm reduction we use creative and innovative prevention strategies to:

  • provide clinical care
  • develop and implement projects
  • educate and mentor
  • advocate for vulnerable populations
  • The success of our program relies on partnerships, community collaboration and a client centred approach.
We offer mentorship to communities and health care providers in BC and Canada.

We are a team of STI/Reproductive Health Certified registered nurses and health care workers who provide clinical services to people who are vulnerable to STIs and HIV. Nurses and health care workers test, diagnose, treat and provide partner follow-up in a variety of clinic and outreach settings. Outreach settings have included streets, alleys, parks, shelters, hotels, massage parlours, bathhouses, bars, detoxes and corrections facilities. The program works with diverse populations including street youth, people in corrections, men who have sex with men, the transgendered community, the adult entertainment industry, sex workers, refugees, immigrants and migrant farm workers.

 

Nurses and health care workers from the Outreach / Street Nurse Program have led workshops, facilitated training programs and presented at conferences locally, nationally and internationally. Audiences include the general public, clients, service providers, health professionals, politicians and policy makers. Team members have experience working with the media. The team produced Bevel Up, Drugs, Users and Outreach Nursing an award winning documentary that has been used for education and mobilization locally and internationally. Workshops are tailored to meet the needs of participants. Topics covered include STI/HIV prevention, stigma, addiction, harm reduction, human sexuality and community development.

 

Bevel Up: Drugs, Users & Outreach Nursing

“Bevel Up" is a compelling, award-winning documentary that chronicles the work of the BCCDC street nurses as they provide compassionate, effective - and non-judgmental - health care to men and women in Vancouver’s inner city. Harm reduction is a cornerstone of this “best nursing practice” It is evident in the care provided for people who are most vulnerable, often stigmatized and face multiple barriers in accessing health care because of drug use, sex work, homelessness, mental health issues, racism, poverty, etc.

“Bevel Up” is an interactive educational tool that combines a 45-minute documentary with an additional 3.5 hours of in-depth expert interviews and additional footage structured around the key ethical, practical and legal issues faced by health practitioners – questions that examine the intersection of health care and drug use.

Bevel Up is intended to promote dialogue among health care practitioners and to encourage the critical examination of the practices and systems that continue to stigmatize and create barriers for this vulnerable population.

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