Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
The Vancouver Women’s Health Collective(VWHC) facilitates the access to health care for the most marginalized and impoverish women of the Downtown East Side (DTES). The DTES is one of the poorest postal codes in our country and is saturated with drug and alcohol addiction, single mothers, immigrant women, etc. We are a non barrier clinic, which means that all can access it, you do not need an appointment, to speak english or need transit to get to our location. Our facility is ran 95% by community volunteer activists who help make a difference in the community by donating their time, experience, education, language, and diversity to the cause.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
The VWHC is in need of expanding primary and secondary health care services to women. Our mission is to empower women to empower themselves. In July 2011 we serviced 221 clients, in July 2012 we serviced 576 clients at our collective. Similar statistics show that: June 2011 was 277, and June 2012 was 571, May 2011 was 240, and May 2012 was 521, women serviced in these months have doubled since 2011. We are in need of increasing our services and hours of operation that we provide to our clients. Currently our Nurse Practitioners are booked daily with wait lists for appointments. We would like to increase our Nurse Practitioner hours, increase from one part time paid staff to two staff, increase our hours of operation and become more financially stable. Over the next 5 years our rent will be increased from $1500 per month to $2500 per month ($18,000 to $30,000 over five years). This increase is our primary reason to need to increase our sustainability.