The Healthy, Empowered, & Resilient (H.E.R.) Pregnancy Program was developed by Streetworks to provide support for street-involved women in Edmonton, Alberta.
The program uses professional staff and peer support workers to reach at-risk, pregnant and parenting women in inner-city Edmonton. The program supports street-involved women to access healthcare services before and throughout their pregnancy and addresses issues such as addiction, poverty, and family violence. The program is funded by Safe Communities, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General.
As part of an ongoing process evaluation, a literature review of services and supports for street-involved pregnant and parenting women was conducted and can now be downloaded. The review looks at similar programs operating both in Canada and internationally to support street-involved pregnant women and youth.
For more on the H.E.R. Pregnancy program, see previous posts:
- Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women Who Use Substances: What Communities are Doing to Help (October 1, 2012)
- Oh Sh*t, I’m Pregnant…Your Guide to Being Pregnant on the Street (January 3, 2012)
- Streetworks’ Supports for Homeless Pregnant Women project (September 15, 2011)
Brower, Krista (2012). Best Practices: Services and Supports for Street-Involved Pregnant and Parenting Women – A Review of the Literature. Report prepared by Charis Management Consulting for the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research, Calgary, AB.