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About ICHWP

The Inner City Health and Wellness Program takes a relationship-centered, evidence-based and holistic approach to patient care and scholarship.

A collaboration between the University of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, and other partners, ICHWP is housed at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Canada. We have deliberately co-located researchers, educators, and clinicians to ensure that our activities are both integrated and meaningful. We regularly engage with community partners in order to respond appropriately and efficiently to community needs.

 

The Leadership Team

We are a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, researchers, educators, and students. Listed below is our Leadership Team. 

 

KATHRYN DONG, MD MSc FRCP DABAM

Medical Director

 

JENNIFER BROUWER, RN MN

Program Manager

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KARINE MEADOR, MD CCFP DABAM

Assistant Medical Director

 

ELAINE HYSHKA, MA PhD

Scientific Director

GINETTA SALVALAGGIO, MD MSc CCFP

Associate Scientific Director

 
 

Our many partners include the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, Alberta Addicts Who Educate and Advocate Responsibly, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Streetworks harm reduction program, and Boyle Street Community Services.

 
 

Our focus

 

Research

Through strong connections to both community members and health care providers, we conduct pragmatic, relevant research on inner city health services and harm reduction.

Healthcare

The Addiction Recovery and Community Health (ARCH) Team brings evidence-informed substance use care, health promotion and social stabilization to the bedside in a hospital setting.

 

Education

We engage in a number of teaching, knowledge translation, and quality improvement activities to equip current and future professionals with the tools to effectively respond to community-identified needs.

Engagement

A Community Based Participatory approach is foundational to ICHWP scholarship and healthcare. Our work emphasizes grassroots involvement, creating change with collective, local action and ground up decision making.