CanReach

PROGRAM INFORMATION

HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation (ACHF) funded a Mental Health Literacy initiative through Alberta Health Services, resulting in programs MORE, SMILES, and CanREACH joining the AHS portfolio CAAMHPP (Child and Adolescent Addiction, Mental Health and Psychiatry Program) in 2014. Of these initiatives, CanREACH was specific to pediatric mental health literacy for primary care providers. As one component of the CanREACH program, CanREACH is a licensee of The Resource for Advancing Children’s Health (REACH) Institute PPP training. CanREACH is a REACH approved site to independently offer this training, and has adopted the training into the Canadian context. The evidence of success that CanREACH had in its first five years, led CanREACH to receive a Health Innovation Implementation and Spread (HIIS) fund to adopt and measure a provincial strategy. Further, CanREACH has supported initiatives in other Canadian provinces, has received national accolades, and has published evidence of success.

Awards

2019

Children’s Healthcare Canada – Organizational Leadership Award

2019

President’s Excellence – Outstanding Achievements in Innovation and Research Excellence Award

2018

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) – Continuing Professional Development Program Award

2016

Alberta Health Services, Department of Psychiatry – Excellence in Systems Transformation Award

CanReach TEAM

CanREACH is led by Calgary based Course Master Dr. Sam Chang and Course Facilitator Dr. Eden McCaffrey with the support of administrative assistant Elizabeth Belyea.

Physician Faculty include:

  • Dr. Abdul Rahman – Psychiatrist (Calgary, AB)
  • Dr. Geraldine Farrelly – Paediatrician (Calgary, AB)
  • Dr. Roxanne Swiegers – Family Physician (Medicine Hat, AB)
  • Dr. Blair Ritchie – Psychiatrist (Calgary, AB)
  • Dr. Tina Nicholson – Family Physician (Cochrane, AB)
  • Dr. Roxanne Goldade – Paediatrician (Calgary, AB)
  • Dr. Deb Putnam – Family Physician (Calgary, AB)
  • Dr. Alice Leung – Psychiatrist (Edmonton, AB)
  • Dr. Paul Soper – Psychiatrist (Edmonton, AB)
  • Dr. Beren Hollins – Family Physician (Vegreville, AB)
  • Dr. Suzanne Squires – Family Physician (Edmonton, AB)

Contact Us

  • CanREACH - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Alberta Health Services 640 Northmount Dr NW, Calgary T2K 3J5
  • Phone: (403) 955-1104
  • Fax: (403) 245-8379
  • Email: CanREACH@ahs.ca