July 31, 2010

ACCESS Nor'West soon to be a reality

Residents of northwest Winnipeg will have a new health and social services clinic as ACCESS Nor'West is expected to open in 2011.

Construction will begin this year on the new $4.2 million building located at the corner of Keewatin Street and Burrows Avenue. The building will house the Nor'West Co-op Community Health Centre, giving residents of the Gilbert Park and Inkster neighbourhoods better access to an array of health services and social services.

The move will see an increase in the number of doctors and other health care staff, something that is welcome news in a neighborhood where people currently have to travel a long way for primary health care.

"This will allow us to increase services to groups such as teens and high risk youth, along with immigrants, women, aboriginal people and other vulnerable groups," said Ivan Sabesky, chair of the Nor'West Co-op board, adding that 30,000 people live in the area.

The one-storey building will become a hub of support, offering access to doctors, nurse practitioners, primary care nurses, midwives, health educators, dietitians and counsellors.

The health services will be complemented by social services such as family violence counseling, immigrant women's counseling, child day care, children's special services, career counseling, vocational rehabilitation for people with disabilities, employment and income assistance, seniors' health and supported living.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Minister of Health Theresa Oswald and MLA for Burrows Doug Martindale joined Arlene Wilgosh, the President and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Nancy Heinrich, Executive Director of the Nor'West Co-op Community Health Centre and Ivan Sabesky for the announcement on July 29.

The new ACCESS centre will weave a tighter safety net for people with complex needs, said Wilgosh, and is an example of how the Winnipeg Health Region is moving forward with providing better care and resources for the communities.

"Having health and social services under one roof makes it easier for individuals to connect with the right people and the right information; whether it's to get help with foot care, counseling, support in finding a job or information about the flu shot and nutrition," said Wilgosh.

The Gilbert Park and Inkster neighbourhoods have the highest proportion of children and youth age 19 and under in the Winnipeg health region, along with the third highest proportion of single-parent families, and the fourth highest aboriginal population.

ACCESS Nor'West joins three other ACCESS centres in the Winnipeg Health Region: ACCESS River East, ACCESS Transcona and ACCESS Downtown.

About ACCESS Centres

ACCESS River East, Transcona and Downtown offer a variety of integrated health and social services to their local communities, including:

  • Child care (licencing and coordination)

  • Child & Family Services

  • Children's special services

  • Community Mental Health

  • Employment supports for persons with disabilities, and vocational rehabilitation

  • Employment and income assistance

  • Midwives

  • Home Care

  • Housing (tenant relations services)

  • Primary care clinic

  • Public health

  • Seniors' health resource team

  • Supported living

For more information, contact:

ACCESS River East
975 Henderson Highway, 938-5000.

ACCESS Transcona
845 Regent Avenue, 938-5700.

ACCESS Downtown
640 Main Street, 940-1626.

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