Community Health Clinic
History of the UNB Community Health Clinic
The UNB Community Health Clinic (CHC) operated by the Faculty of Nursing began operation on December 1, 2002 at 275 Brunswick Street.
UNB and the Faculty of Nursing established the CHC to meet several pre-determined goals.
At the university level the facility provided a way to become more visible and connected to the community while fulfilling its mandate of teaching and research, providing continuity for the service and teaching that had previously taken place in multiple facilities around the city for limited bursts of time.
For the community of, the CHC has worked with community partners to provide access to primary health care services for vulnerable populations living in downtown Fredericton who have difficulty accessing other existing health care services in the area.
Funding for the CHC comes from a multitude of sources that include: Our partner Horizon Health Network, the university, the community, and the clients.
In August 2014, the UNB CHC and Horizon Health Network (HHN) formed a partnership to create the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Clinic, a teaching facility that delivers an integrated program where primary health care services, teaching and research are combined. The purpose of this integrated model between UNB and HHN is:
• To provide accessible, evidence based, academically integrated primary health care (PHC) services to priority populations while embracing the principles of social justice and equity
• To establish an inclusive environment that addresses the social determinants of health.
• To promote and advance the clinical practice of the disciplines within the team and interdisciplinary team work in PHC
• To provide an invaluable and sustainable link between students, health care professionals, community based organizations, UNB, HHN, and the community
• To contribute to research
• To demonstrate outcome based evaluation
This is a unique relationship that presents with many opportunities as well as challenges as two large institutions come together to improve the delivery of primary health care.
The UNB Community Health Clinic as part of the Faculty of Nursing has been delivering direct care and outreach services in downtown Fredericton to vulnerable populations including the poor, homeless, refugees and persons without a family physician since 2002. A Health and Wellbeing Needs Assessment, conducted by Horizon Health Network in 2012, confirmed a growing need for access to primary health care and primary care in the core of Fredericton. Horizon Health Network has the mandate to deliver health services in NB whereas UNB has the mandate to educate and advance knowledge through research. With the February 2014 announcement of funding for a new Community Health Center in the downtown area Horizon Health Network’s Community Health Program and the University of New Brunswick will become integrated in this CHC model to provide primary health care services, opportunities for students to gain experiential learning in this setting and to advance research and innovations in community-based health care.
The Fredericton Downtown Community Health Clinic is located in the Centennial Building at 670 King St.
Hours of operation:
Monday - Wednesday & Friday (8:30 am - 4:00 pm)
Thursday 12:00pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday (Closed)
Funding for the CHC comes from a multitude of sources that include: The government, the university, the community, and the clients.
Any and all donations are appreciated as they will help to maintain outreach services to vulnerable populations, resources for student learning and support for research activities.
Donations can be made directly to the clinic or to the Development and Donor Relations at UNB, P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3