The RICHER Program (Responsive Intersectoral Child and Community Health Education and Research) is a place-based, equity-focused, interdisciplinary team of health care providers at BC Children’s Hospital co-located in Vancouver’s inner city. Established in 2006, the RICHER Program seeks to address disparities in health care access experienced by many marginalized children, youth and families. Providers aim to provide relational, trauma-integrated care. RICHER is committed to a continual process of learning regarding best practices in anti-oppressive, anti-racist and decolonized care models to best serve our populations.
The clinical program combines primary care nurse practitioners with specialist physician outreach including pediatrics, adolescent medicine, developmental pediatrics, psychiatry, dermatology and ophthalmology.
Our research team works collaboratively with community partners to better understand how the social and structural determinants of health impact children, youth and families.
To deliver quality clinical care and research in the community, we work collaboratively with our partners:
- RayCam Cooperative Centre
- Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation & Innovation (OPSEI)
- Allied health First Nations Health Authority Contracted Counsellors
- Urban Native Youth Society (UNYA)
- Britannia Community Centre
- REACH Community Health Centre
- Vancouver School Board
- Kilala Lelum Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative
- Network of Inner City Community Services Society (NICCSS)
- Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS)
- Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)
- Vancouver Coastal Public Health (Robert and Lily Lee Community Health Centre)
- University of British Columbia Downtown Eastside Learning Exchange