Support & Services – Grande Prairie
HIV North provides education to community groups, schools, agency staff, organizations and businesses. Our presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of any group and focus on:
- Viral Hepatitis
- Sexual Health/ STI’s, Contraception
- Harm Reduction
- Sex Trade
- Gender and Sexual Diversity
- Street Drugs
- Naloxone and Overdose Awareness
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Indigenous Opioid Response Program
HIV North’s Indigenous Opioid Response Program was created to respond to the high rates of opioid toxicity related deaths in Grande Prairie. It seeks to respond specifically to the unique needs of Indigenous people using a holistic, community centered, harm reduction approach. Our aim is to increase culturally safe spaces and supports for individuals using substances for an increase in health and wellbeing. Additionally, to create opportunities for individuals to have increased access to cultural activities, increasing connection to community and culture as an alternate means to substance use.
Training is available to provide culturally supportive overdose prevention programming for service providers and healthcare professionals, through increasing awareness of stigma and discrimination, using a trauma-informed approach.
Condoms, including external (male), internal (female) and flavored, dental dams, and lube are available at the office during regular business hours, or from the Outreach Team during evening outreach in the downtown core. Look for our Outreach workers in our HIV North Van or on foot with our HIV North vests.
Naloxone / Overdose Prevention Program
Self-referred program available to any member of the public, Mon-Fri during office hours, on a walk-in basis. Education will be provided on administration of naloxone, follow up care, safer drug use to help prevent overdose, signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose. Training can be provided on an individual basis or in a group setting for businesses or community organization. Take home naloxone kits will be provided free of charge.
The Grande Prairie Needle Distribution Program is accessible in three ways.
Office: Needles, steri-cups, sterile water, citric, ties, filters, alcohol swabs and sharps containers are available during regular business hours.
Outreach: The outreach teams carry the above items on weekday afternoon and evening outreach to the downtown core.
Pharmacies: Needles and alcohol swabs are available in premade kits supplied by HIV North through the following pharmacies:
- Save On Foods
- Southside Safeway
- Shamrock (Downtown Co-op)
- London Drugs
- Medicine Shop
- ACT Medical
- Sexsmith Pharmacy
- Fournier Drugs Grande Cache
Used drug equipment can be disposed of at the HIV North office or in one of our needle disposal units around the city. If you find a needle please follow our steps to Safer Needle Pick-Up. If you have specific disposal needs please contact the office. For commercial disposal (Tattoo Shops, Acupuncture) please call 1-800-563-2466 to arrange your disposal.
Grande Prairie disposal bin locations:
- Alley behind Ramona’s Pizza
- Beside Salvation Army /Soup Kitchen
- Attached to the Rotary House trash enclosure
- Alley behind Better than Fred’s
- Detox Entrance Northern Addiction Centre
- Around the corner from Shoppers Drug Mart entrance Prairie Mall
- Empty lot across from The Industry
- Alley beside Salvation Army
- Grove of trees west trail into park from St. Pauls United Church
- Beside the garage in Community Village
Our Outreach team distributes safer sex and harm reduction supplies 7 days per week until 11pm. You can connect with them on the street or while they are visiting Rotary House and other service agencies. Look for our HIV North Van or our outreach workers with HIV North vests.
Service Providers: Outreach workers are available to meet with clients at your agency or at the hospital. We come to you!
Permanent Supportive Housing
Permanent Supportive Housing is a Housing First program and part of the City of Grande Prairie’s Homeless Initiative.
- Supports individuals living in market housing maintain housing stability;
- Housing Support Workers assist in setting up wraparound supports to address the Social Determinants of Health;
- Provides longer term services for individuals and families needing more permanent housing supports.
Intensive Case Management
Intensive Case Management (ICM) is a team model in which case workers, working alone or in teams, link individual clients to mainstream housing, clinical and complementary supports. Case managers provide outreach, develop relationships and coordinate with other services to help people access needed services. ICM teams may include housing and complementary support workers, with a link provided to mainstream clinical services.
Specific characteristics of ICM include:
- One-on-one case management to client relationship using recovery-oriented approach (the team of case managers may include housing and complementary support workers);
- The case manager brokers access to mainstream services that the client identifies as needed to attain their goals;
- The case manager links clients to health professionals (e.g. family doctor) and other services;
- The case manager often accompanies clients to meetings and appointments in support of their goals/needs;
- The duration of the services is determines by the needs of the client, with the goal of declining supports and transitioning to mainstream services as soon as possible; in some cases, it may be possible to transition clients within 12 to 16 months.
Women’s Health Outreach (WHO)
The Women’s Health Outreach (WHO) Program supports women who are experiencing homelessness, use substances, and/or poverty while they are pregnant and for several months post-delivery. The program supports women for whom pregnancy is a risk. Through advocacy, education, health promotion, and navigation of healthcare systems, the program supports healthy birth weights, regular healthcare visits, increased access to nutrition, and women feeling connected. Contact WHOworker@hivnorth.org or WHOnurse@hivnorth.org for questions or referrals.
- Weekly LGBTQ+ youth drop-in program Thursday evening.
- LGBTQ+ youth support, for youth and parents
- Gender and sexual diversity education
- Comprehensive Drug Education and support.
- STI/STBBI education and support
The Healthcare Navigator provides medical support, advocacy and education to individuals with medical needs and healthcare concerns. An emphasis is placed on STBBI prevention and education, HIV /Hepatitis C care and support, and connecting people to appropriate medical services both within Grande Prairie and outside of our community. The Healthcare Navigator works in collaboration with individuals and other healthcare providers to reduce the barriers associated with accessing appropriate medical treatment.
The Healthcare Navigator is available Monday through Friday during office hours on a walk-in basis and can also be reached by phone (780-538-3388) or e-mail (email@example.com). In office appointments are not necessary but you are encouraged to call in advance to ensure someone is available to see you. The Healthcare Navigator is available to all individuals with medical concerns, no referral necessary.
Please note: The Healthcare Navigator is not a physician and cannot provide medical treatment, medications, or prescriptions. If you are experiencing an emergency please dial 911 or report directly to your nearest emergency room.
HIV North Society
Testing for HIV, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia is available; please call to confirm availability.
Grande Prairie College and Community Health Centre:
STI and Birth Control Clinic
Thursday evenings from 5pm-7pm