Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op (MCHB) began 24 years ago to support Edmonton’s newcomers. The goal was to enhance the health and well-being of families, and foster their efforts at building community so they could thrive, and actively contribute to society. Our cultural brokers are from immigrant communities, and know first hand the social, economic, and language difficulties that immigrants and refugees face. This places us in a unique position to bridge the gap between newcomer families and Canadian society.
After the initial settlement period, it is the medium and long-term adjustment that is critical for immigrant and refugee integration. MCHB helps this process through our various programs, from peri-natal health, to youth initiatives to seniors outreach. MCHB:
- Supports 16% of all births in the Edmonton region
- Serves 23 cultural/language communities
- Offers inter-cultural competency training for government organizations, service providers, and companies
- Supports culturally-responsive practice and policy development in government and community organizations
- Focuses on prevention, and broad determinants of health
- Offers holistic supports – working with families in a manner that respects their individual strengths, challenges and circumstances.
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NEWS: MCHB is working with the Edmonton Heritage Council to present Edmontonia Living Rooms
In 2016 the Edmonton Heritage Council worked with the Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative to bring together seven invisible communities of Edmonton, including the Bhutanese, Cambodian, Eritrean, Iraqi, Kurdish, Sierra Leone, and Sudanese. These communities gathered monthly to engage in a journey on narrative growth through sharing various elements of their lives from home, learning, medicine, to artistic expression, justice and migration. Leaders from these communities desired an opportunity to exchange these stories and experiences with fellow Canadians. After months of dedicated effort, this dream became an unfolding reality. In November 2016, the Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative was awarded the federal Canada 150 Grant. As a result, the communities have agreed to make 2017 the year of sharing ‘life’ together with Canadians, in beautifully crafted living rooms. Read more about the Edmontonia Living rooms Project happening in Edmonton.
We need YOUR help! Volunteer for our Grocery Run Program!
The Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative (MCHB) is proud to announce the launch of our new Grocery Run program. This program will take donated foods from grocers, distributors, and other food outlets, that would otherwise go to waste, and get it into the hands of newcomer refugee and immigrant families who are in crisis. These families are struggling to make ends meet and lack food for an evening meal or for their children’s lunches.
MCHB is looking for drivers with good driving records and their own vehicle. Larger vehicles such as vans or trucks will be preferred, while the ability to help carry small to medium sized boxes would be ideal. This role would require two hours once or twice per month, mostly on Friday mornings. Reliability will be of the utmost importance. Examples of grocery runs include picking up fresh produce from distributors, going to grocery stores and receiving day-old bread, or heading to the Food Bank for emergency food hampers.
Learn about the MCHB FOOD SECURITY program
Today in Edmonton perinatal, pregnant and post-partum women in immigrant and refugee communities are experiencing high and persistent levels of food insecurity. Often access to the Edmonton’s Food Bank (EFB) is inhibited by a lack of transportation, language barriers, unfamiliarity with many mainstream food products, and other factors. Learn about what MCHB is doing to help those in need in Edmonton. Read about Food Insecurity and our Grocery Run program.
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