WISH Drop-in Centre Society

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For UBC students interested in learning more about the health challenges faced by women who are involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade,CHIUS (Community Health Initiative by University Students) and WISH Drop-in Centre have partnered to offer a series of health promotion workshops open to WISH participants, staff, and volunteers. As both of these groups come with their own experiences these workshops provide an opportunity for students and community members to learn from one another. Students gain experience working within an interprofessional team, developing workshop skills, and understanding issues from the community’s perspective, while WISH participants receive evidence-based information and practical solutions for managing their health.

If you are interested in participating in CHIUS please visit the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Passport website:  https://passport.health.ubc.ca/ 

Previous Health Promotion Activities

Chronic Pain: Management and Self-care
Expensive medication is inaccessible to many women in the street-based sex trade, some may also have current or prior drug dependencies, thus there is a need for non-pharmacological management of chronic pain. Students and women at the WISH Drop-in Center discuss chronic pain management methods such as pain relieving exercises, acupuncture, meditation, massage therapy, altered focus, mindfulness, etc.