Essex County NPLC receives COVID-19 grant to improve access to technology and enhanced digital services

August 18, 2020

The Essex County Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic (ECNPLC) enhancing digital services to meet community needs.

Essex County NPLC has received grant funding from the Canadian Red Cross, through the COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations Granting Program, to improve access to technology and enhanced digital services.

Two Essex County NPLC staff show some of the devices to be used in the lending program

The grant supports the Windsor Essex Health Program (WE Health). WE Health is a people first community-driven approach to addressing interruptions, reductions and the prevention of access and availability to primary and allied health services exacerbated by and resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The electronic device lending system (iPhone and tablet lending) and the creation of updated digital content, will allow people to access the live virtual appointments, one-on-one and group programming (substance use, physical, emotional and mental support programming), and pre-recorded digital material providing health information and helpful technique demonstrations.

Digital service access supports the goal of accommodating services to meet community needs, while maintaining measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The program also bridges gaps between primary and allied health care providers transforming roadblocks into pathways that reduce systemic oppression.

The inclusive multidisciplinary framework promotes unity, emphasizes the importance of commitment, shared responsibly for recognizing and addressing community needs, and identifies the people first approach as essential to overall community health. The grant will help with the purchase of 36 tablets, data services for the tablets, the production and distribution of up-to-date health videos. Please contact Elaine Coventry, MSW and Health Promoter, at 519-730-0446 for more information.