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.
Medical Journal Publications
CanREACH is led by Calgary based Course Master Dr. Sam Chang (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist) and Course Facilitators Dr. Eden McCaffrey (Medical Education/Clinical Therapist) and Samantha Gervais (Health Educator), with the support of administrative assistant Elizabeth Belyea.