Health professionals and community partners play an essential role in cancer support through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Wellspring Calgary aims to provide community-based emotional, social, and practical supports for people impacted by cancer. Together we can enhance the standard of care for people impacted by cancer and ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.
Here are some ways we engage with our health professional network:
- Wellspring Calgary is introduced to new cancer patients at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre new patient orientation.
- Our Speaker Series features highly respected Oncologists, Researchers and leaders in the cancer and health industry, and is open to all. Our Speaker Series also serves as a professional development opportunity.
- Health experts contribute to our Board, Program and Speaker Committees.
- Wellspring Calgary has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed, whose research focus is exercise and cancer. Through this MOU, her masters and doctoral students lead exercise programs and train exercise program leaders at Wellspring Calgary.
- We work closely with health professionals like Dr. Harold Lau (head and neck cancer patients) and Dr. Jackson Wu (patients living with an incurable cancer) on joint initiatives to support patients and their families.
- We work closely with supportive care south – including psychosocial resources, rehabilitation oncology and patient Navigators (Indigenous, Adolescent Young Adult, and those working throughout southern Alberta).
- Physicians, Oncologists and Nurses frequently refer patients and caregivers to Wellspring as a community resource during and/or post-treatment.
- Alberta Health Services Social Workers refer patients to Wellspring.
- Wellspring Calgary sits as an Expert Member on the Alberta Health Services Cancer Provincial Advisory Council.
- Through our Money Matters program, training is provided several times a year to social workers and health care professionals on provincial and federal income replacement programs. The Money Matters program has built a collaborative partnership with the AHS Allied Health Professional Practice Team Calgary Zone for the purposes of sharing information and training for social workers across the province.
How can you help?
- Refer your patients and their families to our online membership form or ask them to give us a call.
- Share our resources. See below for the latest Wellspring Calgary general awareness posters.
- Sign up for our Cancer Support Update e-newsletter.
- Get access to our program registration system (GameTime) so you can know what programs are upcoming and can help patients and caregivers register. Also contact us if you want to learn more about our Southern Alberta Strategy. Contact Wellspring Calgary’s Southern Alberta Lead, Rebecca Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- If you are interested in presenting in our Speaker Series or collaborating on program development, reach out to Niki Fehr, Acting Program Director at email@example.com
Wellspring Calgary description you can use on social media or in your own resources:
Wellspring Calgary is a charitable organization with a vision to ensure no one has to face cancer alone. Founded in 2007, it offers programs and services that meet the emotional, social and restorative needs of people living with cancer, their caregivers and their families. All of Wellspring’s programs are evidence-informed and offered free of charge and without referral. Wellspring Calgary operates two centres in Calgary and offers a full range of programs online and by phone, with a southern Alberta reach spanning Red Deer to the Canadian border. For more information, please visit Wellspringcalgary.ca
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