RICHER Initiative reaches out to inner-city kids and families
We are proud to highlight the work of the RICHER Initiative, a little-known but important program of BC Children’s Hospital.
Established in 2006 the RICHER, or Responsive Intersectoral Child/Community Health Education and Research, Initiative serves vulnerable children and families in Vancouver’s inner-city neighbourhoods – specifically Grandview/Woodlands, Strathcona and the Downtown Eastside. There, nurse practitioners, developmental pediatricians, specialists in mental health, dermatology and many others, provide integrated health care to families through community clinics, local schools and social services.
Many families living in those neighbourhoods struggle with poverty and don’t benefit from equal access to health care. RICHER’s model addresses these families’ barriers to care and helps restore their trust in the system.
“If you pay attention to the places that children naturally congregate and bring care to venues that families trust, then families will get access to that care. That’s proven to be very true in our experience with RICHER,” says Lorine Scott, one of RICHER’s founding members.
Thanks to RICHER, many children whose complex developmental, mental and/or physical conditions would have gone undiagnosed now receive the care they need, right in their community.
RICHER relies on the support and donations of many organizations, including TELUS. Thank you to generous donors like TELUS for helping bring RICHER’s important services to some of the most vulnerable members of our society.
For more information about the RICHER Initiative, visit: http://www.bcchildrens.ca/our-services/clinics/social-pediatrics