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Support & Services – Grande Prairie

Education

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:

  • HIV
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Sexual Health/ STI’s, Contraception
  • Harm Reduction
  • Sex Trade
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity
  • Street Drugs
  • Naloxone and Overdose Awareness

Download our brochure to see what presentations we offer! click here

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.

Prevention

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.

Harm Reduction

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
  • Walmart
  • Shamrock (Downtown Co-op)
  • Costco
  • Superstore
  • London Drugs
  • Medicine Shop
  • ACT Medical
  • Sexsmith Pharmacy
  • Fournier Drugs Grande Cache

Needle Disposal

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

Disposal Bins Map

Outreach

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.

Sex Trade

After many years of operating the Women’s Drop-In, HIV North will be closing the Tuesday and Thursday drop-in group. The last drop-in will be on March 29, 2018. Previous attendees are welcome to join us at the Salvation Army during lunch time on Tuesdays.

We would like to thank all the individuals who helped support this program by providing their time and donations.

HIV North is looking forward to developing a new program to support women in the sex trade.

Youth

Youth Educator:

  • 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

Visit the Facebook page for event information – add Brittany Mentor as a friend or visit LGBTQ Youth Grande Prairie.

Health Navigator

  • Healthcare advocacy and navigation for individuals needing support;
  • HIV and HCV related care and support

Testing

HIV North Society
Testing for HIV, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia is available; please call to confirm availability.

Community
Grande Prairie College and Community Health Centre:
10620 104ave
STI and Birth Control Clinic
780.814.5800
Thursday evenings from 5pm-7pm