Four Directions Community Health Center
Four Directions Community Health Center provides both medical care and programming support in the core neighbourhoods of Regina. Being both a clinic and a community organization, they have faced several challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their clinic has adapted by offering phone consultations and pausing non-essential in-person appointments. Four Directions is screening for symptoms at the door of their clinic and patients must wear masks while maintaining physical distancing.
Four Directions has been forced to cancel much of their in-person community programming, such as parenting groups, prenatal classes, the healthiest babies’ possible program, health promotion, and a women’s circle. Lisa Workman, the Aboriginal Community Development Coordinator, shared how the clinic is responding to continue their support of the community. Though they can no longer hold programming in large groups, they have been working through Facebook to provide teaching, resources and story time for children. They have also sent out packages to their members with resources for learning about COVID-19.
Supporting the community virtually has challenges for Four Directions. It is especially difficult to serve community members without access to the internet or a phone. With the help of the DSA Community Reciprocity Funding and some government support, Four Directions will be providing phones and minutes for people to prevent isolation from their loved ones and community networks.