Programming Connection

The H.E.R. Pregnancy Program 

Streetworks
Edmonton, Alberta
2018

What is the program?

The H.E.R. (Healthy, Empowered, Resilient) Pregnancy Program operates out of Streetworks, located at the Boyle Street Community Services in Edmonton. The H.E.R. program aims to assist street-involved pregnant women to access healthcare and social resources – ultimately supporting women to shape and attain their pregnancy and parenting goals. The staff work to build trust with the women, empower them to believe in their own worth and vision for the future, and link them with the services and resources they need to achieve their goals. Staff provide health education nursing services including testing, systems navigation, referrals, and accompaniment to health and social services.

The H.E.R. Pregnancy Program has a team of two registered nurses, a social worker and four peer pregnancy support workers. The team works with women throughout their pregnancy and up to six months after they give birth. As part of the program, women are encouraged to get testing for sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections (STBBIs) either from the program nurse or from another healthcare provider. Women who are hepatitis C or HIV positive are linked with treatment and care. All of the women are offered preventive HIV and hepatitis C services, including education and access to harm reduction supplies.