Rurual Care Navigation

Project Overview

This 14-month WAGE-funded ($388,887) project will develop community-led initiatives to equip rurally-located queer and gender diverse (RLQGD) people with knowledge, tools, and supports that seek to advance their health, wellbeing, and care. The project will create community-informed and accessible knowledge enhancement opportunities by delivering care navigation workshops, visual resource tools, and printed education booklets to rurally-located service providers to distribute. By the project's conclusion, TransCare+ aims to establish a centralized and publicly accessible resource directory and educational platform to support RLQGD individuals increased and sustained access to knowledge enhancement, care, and community.

Project Objectives

What Did We Achieve?

Over a 14-month period, our project made remarkable strides in supporting the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, achieving significant milestones that underscore our commitment to enhancing care and resources. We successfully hosted a summit that attracted 348 attendees from Canada and internationally. Additionally, we developed 5 e-learning courses and hosted 10 workshops. Our efforts also led to the creation of 15 informational pamphlets, 3 guidebooks, and 2 toolkits, providing essential information and practical tools. A major achievement was the development of a care directory, listing 1,105 care-based services, alongside a resource directory with 537 different resources, making it easier for individuals to find the support they need. Finally, we launched an e-learning hub and a care hub filled with information on 2SLGBTQ+ health, care, and wellness.

Executive Summary - Preliminary Findings Report

Over a span of five months, our project team undertook a comprehensive consultation and community engagement initiative. This encompassed distributing surveys, conducting an environmental and resource scan, holding individual and organizational consultations, and organizing focus groups. Through these efforts, we had the privilege of connecting with, learning from, and sharing insights with 171 remarkable individuals.

The insights we gathered during this phase greatly influenced the direction and outcomes of our project. This informed the development of resources such as our care directory, various workshops, and an e-learning platform, among other deliverables.

This report serves as an overview of our findings and how they informed the project. To view the report click here.

Acknowledgements

This project was made possible through the funding TransCare+ received from Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE)

We are grateful to Laurie McDonald, Corrina Sparrow, Sarah-Dena Harnum, Anastasia Preston (she/her), titled as Trans Community Outreach Coordinator at PEERS Alliance, Lucky Fusca (they/them), the Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia (RRANS), Shannon Humphrey, Karlii Beaulieu, Rae Madge, Mabe Kyle, Delaney Drachenberg, R.L., K.B., Carrie Broughton, Amparo Dawson, Matisse Dawson, Lisa Diver, Juliana Simon, Linda W. North, Dr. Sarah Lespérance, Garry Dart, Islai Rhys Rathlin, P.M.L., Anna Balagtas (PocketDoula), Eri Guajardo Johnson (BirthBruja), and Jessy Dame, your wisdom, experience, and time has been invaluable.

To the project staff, Lajah, Jaya, Jess, Carl, and Alessia, thank you for your dedication to ensuring that this project was community-led and handled with care. Your hard work does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

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