Maintaining consistent community presence is a key part in establishing successful long-term patient engagement.
Over the years, VIDC has built strong relationships with community organizations in and around Vancouver’s inner cities. Our community partners are what enable us to run programs including:
Community Pop-Up Clinic (CPC)
The VIDC Outreach Team consists of an Infectious Disease Specialist, nurses and research associates.
Each Friday, the team visits community centres, shelters and soup kitchens around Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to provide:
Point-of-care Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV testing
Onsite doctor consultation
Antibody test results are available within 10 minutes, and gift cards are provided to participants as incentives to get tested.
The goal of our CPCs is to generate awareness around testing by making the process accessible to the community, especially for the vulnerable population in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
See the Events Calendar for the full list of upcoming clinics.
If you think this may be a valuable service for your organization or patients, please contact us to get more information on our CPCs.
Remote & Satellite Clinics
As part of our efforts to expand the reach of our work, we have set up remote and satellite clinics in New Westminster and Kelowna.
Satellite Clinic in New Westminster
This clinic is operated in partnership with the Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth.
Each Wednesday, a VIDC team consisting of an Infectious Disease Specialist, nurses and research associates visits the clinic in New Westminster from 12 - 4pm.
We offer all clinical services: HCV/HIV treatment, immunization, screening and/or treatment of other infectious diseases, opioid Substitution Therapy, Medical Management for Addictions and Chronic Pain, and more.
For more information about this clinic, please visit the Purpose Society.
Remote Clinic in Kelowna
The Specialty Health Clinic is operated in partnership with Specialty RX Pharmacy in Kelowna.
Managed by a local clinical coordinator and case manager, they communicate with VIDC doctors on all clinical matters, including patient consultations, developing HCV treatment plans, and the application of medication.
In addition to clinical work, the clinic is also involved in community outreach and pop-up clinics at local shelters and communities like the ones hosted by VIDC in Vancouver.
For more information and operation hours of this clinic, please visit Specialty Health Clinic.
Patient Support Group
*Service temporarily suspended due to COVID19
Every Friday, all VIDC patients are welcomed to a Patient Support Group.
These sessions include peer-friendly education sessions on HCV, HIV, and other health-related conditions to promote patient discussion and knowledge-exchange. A health breakfast and lunch are provided, with a draw for a $25 gift card at the end of each group session.
All VIDC patients are welcome. No sign up required.
Peer Support Workers
Peer Support Workers (PSW) support VIDC patients by sharing their lived experience of HCV and/or HIV. They are always present during Patient Support Groups and Community Pop-up Clinics to promote active dialogue between the VIDC team and the community residents of the Downtown Eastside.
Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and allow time for medical help to arrive. Training individuals and community workers in Naloxone administration is one of the ways VIDC provides harm reduction resources.
Renewal of Naloxone kits is also available at the VIDC clinic.