Native Youth Health & Wellness Centre
Goals / Purpose of Program
This 'one-stop' storefront is part of our efforts to make holistic health care services more accessible to Native youth ages 12 - 24 years. At the Wellness Centre, holistic health care is provided to Native youth by a Nurse Practitioner (NP), Counsellors, Registered Midwives, and Elders who work as an integrated part of the UNYA team. All programming and resources are free! For info on hours and services available, check out our flyer.
We continue to seek other partnerships to bring in health professionals who can provide welcoming, safe, and relevant services to Native youth, so keep your ears open for more exciting news in the future!
Primary health care - the Nurse Practitioner can work with you to help fulfill your health care needs, and can coordinate your care with other healthcare providers, much like a family doctor does. She can see you for regular checkups, or when you are feeling unwell. NP's are able to order and interpret tests, diagnose, prescribe medications, and treat health conditions.
Registered Midwives - provide outreach midwifery care for pregnant young women and their families. Midwives care for you and your baby while you're pregnant. They can order ultrasounds, lab work, and check on you and baby regularly during your pregnancy. They attend the birth and care for you and baby after the baby is born. They can also help connect you with other services you may need.
- Counselling - Alcohol & Drug Counsellors and the Aboriginal Wellness Counsellor (mental health) offer individual counselling, group sessions, and referrals.
Support from Elders - we are in the process of developing Elders programming so that youth can meet with, learn from, and participate in activities with Elders. Check with us for more info!
Programming and supports for LGBTQ2S youth - we are also exploring ways to offer enhanced programming and supports for LGBTQ2S youth. We will be sharing updates as this develops!
How Youth Can Become Involved
Youth can call or stop by the Wellness Centre for more information. Drop-in hours are available on a weekly basis, and youth can also make an appointment. Other service providers and community members are welcome to accompany youth to make an introduction to the Centre.
The NYHWC offers programming and resources through exciting new partnerships with Providence Health Care's Inner City Youth Team and Strathcona Midwifery Collective. Counselling support is made possible through support from Vancouver Coastal Health.
The development of the NYHWC was made possible through generous grants provided by the City of Vancouver (renovations) and the Central City Foundation (equipment and furnishings).
How to contact us:
1640 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 1S6
Phone: (604) 253-5885
Fax: (604) 254-7234