How Might your Community and Primary Care Reduce the Impact of Financial Strain

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

Income is one of the most important factors that influences health. Financial strain is economic pressure that can cause stress and harm health.

Digital stories are a powerful way to create a meaningful discussion and simulate thoughtful change. We invite you to share the short videos with your teams, discuss what resonates (you may wish to use the questions at the end), what changes you might want to make and engage with others already doing this work using our Map and Forum.

The ‘Reducing the Impact of Financial Strain (RIFS)’ project will strengthen connections between community members and organizations including primary care teams. The aim is 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 identify and support patients with financial concerns and help them access appropriate community supports.

Check back often for more videos and participate in the forum discussion

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

Income is one of the most important factors that influences health. Financial strain is economic pressure that can cause stress and harm health.

Digital stories are a powerful way to create a meaningful discussion and simulate thoughtful change. We invite you to share the short videos with your teams, discuss what resonates (you may wish to use the questions at the end), what changes you might want to make and engage with others already doing this work using our Map and Forum.

The ‘Reducing the Impact of Financial Strain (RIFS)’ project will strengthen connections between community members and organizations including primary care teams. The aim is 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 identify and support patients with financial concerns and help them access appropriate community supports.

Check back often for more videos and participate in the forum discussion

Share your story

To be impactful and work from a place of empathy, we need to understand the lived experiences and strengths of our community. Financial strain can look and feel different to different people and in different communities. We need to listen to and learn from peoples experience - what has worked and what was difficult. Your journey and experiences gives insight into what is important and inspires other health and social care teams working along side communities to take action collectively. You may wish to use photos, images, video, words or written stories. 

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  • The Hero Within

    2 months ago

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  • Laying the Foundation

    by Lacey, 2 months ago

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  • Meeting at the Fence

    3 months ago

    What stand out to you with Shelley's story?

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  • Living with a chronic disability and financial challenges

    by Sandra L Campbell, over 1 year 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

    over 1 year 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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