A recent applied research project from College of the Rockies indicates a local service hub is making an positive impact in the community.
The project looked into some of the services provided by Cranbrook Family Connections.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing instructor Shawna Ryan explains how the organization is making impacts.
“It is serving marginalized individuals in the community,” Ryan says. “It shows that they are diverting people away from the already congested healthcare system.”
Ryan says the research was beneficial for its clients as well as the organization.
“A lot of the services that are provided there are funded by grants,” Ryan says. “Having this data helps them bolster their applications for those grants and hopefully then be able to receive them.”
Ryan assessed its delivery of social health services, gathered client data and evaluated the diversion of clients from emergency and other health care services.
Research shows those accessing services from Cranbrook Family Connections are primarily young to middle aged women.
It also shows many clients access services on a weekly or monthly basis.
161 clients were surveyed with 53 respondents claiming they’d go to their physician, nurse practitioner or the emergency room had Cranbrook Family Connections services not been available.
– Shawna Ryan, Bachelor of Science in Nursing instructor