Health Care Pregnancy Program Pilot

The “Healthy Care Pregnancy Program” pilot aims to better support pregnant and newly parenting individuals who use or have used substances in the province, and utilizes formal connections between 8-10 acute care facilities and 8-10 BCAPOP Program Members .

The launch commenced with Royal Inland Hospital and The Tree due to existing connections, relationships and identified need. 

List of Pilot Sites:

  • Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops – The Tree 
  • Mills Memorial Hospital, Terrace – Terrace Child Development Centre
  • Powell River General Hospital – Lift Community Services
  • University Hospital of Northern British Columbia –Prince George and Area Elizabeth Fry Society
  • West Coast General Hospital, Port Alberni - Port Alberni Early Years Program 
  • Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan - Hiiye'yu Lelum (House of Friendship) Society
  • Cariboo Memorial Hospital, Williams Lake - Cariboo Friendship Centre

Healthy Care Pregnancy Program Pilot Project Key Points

Acute to Community Partnership

  • Leveraging existing relationships to provide hospital based in-reach through the Healthy Care Pregnancy Programs through 8-10 acute care/hospital sites in BC
  • BCAPOP to engage with acute care and regional working groups in process
  • 8-10 BCAPOP Program Members to receive funding for a BSW or RN to provide in-reach into hospitals

    Healthy Care Pregnancy Program Pilot Project

    • In-reach into acute care to support pregnant and parenting women using substances in community and postpartum (0-7 months at minimum)
    • Focused on women experiencing risks to their health and well-being (e.g. unstable housing, poverty)
    • Meeting with the women throughout the pregnancy, walking along side her journey and supporting her access to basic needs, transitions, etc.

      Anticipated Outcomes

      • Maintaining mother baby togetherness
      • Supporting holistic wellness and addressing chronic health issues and needs for both the women and the infant
      • Building confidence and self efficacy 
      • Identifying pressure points in the system of care for intervention/support
      BCAPOP acknowledges that this pilot project is funded by the Provincial Perinatal Substance Use Project, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, PHSA. 


        Heather Cameron,
        Executive Director at

        BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs |

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