Reducing Impact on Health from Financial Strain (RIFS)

This website is a place where you can share your insights, experiences, and ideas in reducing impact on financial strain in your community.

How might Communities and Primary Care Reduce the Impact of Financial Strain

A dedicated team of partners are keen to understand what is important to communities members in reducing impact on health from financial strain. Although our project is in select communities, we invite all communities to learn along side, share progress and highlight promising opportunities.

RIFS Community Coalition from Vermilion

Some of the RIFS Community Coalition teams

The ‘Reducing the Impact of Financial Strain (RIFS)’ project will strengthen connections between community members and organizations including primary care teams. They aim to collaboratively design local solutions to support health by addressing financial concerns in a sensitive, compassionate and sustainable way. While community looks at improving supports, Primary care teams will identify and support patients with financial concerns and help them access appropriate community supports.

Income is one of the most important factors that influences health. Financial strain is economic pressure that can cause stress and harm health. Anyone can experience difficulty making ends meet at any time

This website is a place where you can share your insights, experiences, and ideas in reducing impact on financial strain in your community.

How might Communities and Primary Care Reduce the Impact of Financial Strain

A dedicated team of partners are keen to understand what is important to communities members in reducing impact on health from financial strain. Although our project is in select communities, we invite all communities to learn along side, share progress and highlight promising opportunities.

RIFS Community Coalition from Vermilion

Some of the RIFS Community Coalition teams

The ‘Reducing the Impact of Financial Strain (RIFS)’ project will strengthen connections between community members and organizations including primary care teams. They aim to collaboratively design local solutions to support health by addressing financial concerns in a sensitive, compassionate and sustainable way. While community looks at improving supports, Primary care teams will identify and support patients with financial concerns and help them access appropriate community supports.

Income is one of the most important factors that influences health. Financial strain is economic pressure that can cause stress and harm health. Anyone can experience difficulty making ends meet at any time

Tell your story


It is very important to us that we work from a place of empathy and understanding; that we build on community strengths to promote the overall wellness by supporting financial stress, in a sensitive, compassionate and sustainable way. Financial strain can look and feel different to different people and in different communities. We need to listen to people's experiences and learn what has worked and what was difficult. Communities including primary care teams, can be inspired to take action collectively based on what they hear from their citizens. 

Please share your journey and experiences. You may wish to use photos, images, video, words or written stories. Share what you feel is important and you are comfortable sharing. Here a few questions for you to consider.

  • What do you think was the start of your financial challenges?
  • What did you do to try to address your financial challenges?
  • What role if any did you primary care clinic play? Your community? Organizations? Government support?
  • What was most difficult for you?
  • What do you think helped the most?
  • What area do you live in?

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  • Living with a chronic disability and financial challenges

    by Sandra L Campbell, 7 months ago

    As so many know in their own lives and families, in a split second, life can change..... For me, a bad fall in August 2010 caused non stop back and leg pain and worry to find out what was wrong. Never ending paperwork and forms, specialists, imaging and long wait lists added to the frustrations. Finally a diagnosis, my lower spine was badly damaged. Then more waiting, tests, fear and uncertainty, permanent nerve damage, pain and mobility issues. How will I work, manage at home and pay bills? Fast forward to April 2014... my surgery did not go as planned... Continue reading

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  • In the shoes of those living with financial strain

    8 months ago

    Kalyna Country PCN, AHS and the community of Vermilion brought together a large group of people who put themselves in the shoes of those living with financial strain. This graphic captures the essence of their story, how they felt and what they said. You can explore it up close here or in person around town.


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