Good Shepherd Health Clinics are part of the Shelter Health Network (SHN), which is a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers operating within the shelters and community agencies in the downtown core of Hamilton. SHN was established in 2005 to reach out to a high-risk population who do not have stable housing and who have complex health problems, which often have a secondary presentation of a mental health and addiction issues. SHN has thirteen clinic sites, which includes five sites operated by Good Shepherd.
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Good Shepherd Health Clinics are part of the Shelter Health Network (SHN), a team of healthcare providers operating within shelters and community agencies in downtown Hamilton.
SHN was established in 2005 to reach out to a high-risk population who do not have stable housing and who have complex health problems. The primary criteria are that individuals do not have a family doctor, are homeless or at risk of being homeless, and may have difficulty maintaining a relationship with a physician.
SHN has 13 clinic sites, including five operated by Good Shepherd. They are served by physicians, a nurse practitioner, registered nurses and a foot care technician.
Partners include: Good Shepherd, Salvation Army, Wesley Urban Ministries, Mission Services, Wayside House, Men’s Addiction Service Hamilton and CMHA. All referrals are processed through the administrative office located at 128 Emerald Street South, Hamilton. Good Shepherd provides an oversight for the administrative functions and support.
For more information about the Shelter Health Network visit http://shelterhealthnetwork.ca/
Health on Wheels – Coming soon!
Good Shepherd’s new mobile health clinic, Health on Wheels, will hit the road in September 2023.
The clinic will provide on-the-spot mental health care, medical and harm reduction services outside of traditional healthcare settings. The clinical team includes a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, mental health worker, peer support worker, harm reduction services, and the support of the Shelter Health Network.
Health on Wheels will enhance services available to people face healthcare barriers while accessing at emergency shelters, drop-ins and other services at a wide variety of locations.
This program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund. The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support community service organizations, including charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies, as they adapt and modernize their organizations.