Indigenous Elders and Healers provide up to 50% of the care provided. The other half of our programming is provided by a primary care team, including experienced physicians, nurses, counselors, and social workers.
Alongside our community-focussed cultural healing and primary-care programmes, the UIHHC has partnered with the University of British Columbia to train the next generation of healthcare professionals and Indigenous healers and cultural teachers.
Primary Care Clinic
Our primary care practice is located at 626 Powell St. We provide a team-based, comprehensive “patient medical home” model with an emphasis on cultural-safety and health-equity.
Our centre offers a multitude of Elder-led, relationship-based care services that honour physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing.
Our Nurses, Social Workers and Community Liaison workers provide daily support and outreach to our members most at risk of “falling through the cracks” in the health system
Food and Nutrition Service
Food instability is a challenge for our members on the DTES, especially for the members that are HIV positive. Supported by our Community Health Worker peers, our centre offers daily breakfast, snacks and a hot lunch for our members.
Our clinic actively takes part in, and leads, collaborative, community-based research in order to improve the quality of care for our members.
Education and Training
The centre is a training site for the family practice residents within UBC’s Aboriginal Family Practice Residency program. The program looks to introduce residents to the unique strengths of Aboriginal people arising from their culture and community and any specific health challenges that may exist in the community.
The DUDES Club’s facilitates a participant-led community for our male members wellness, which prioritizes supportive relationships, engagement in health care, and Indigenous world views.