Phase 1 involved setting up the group, getting buy-in from key stakeholders, establishing links with U of T administration, LHINs and the ministry, establishing our framework, and securing funding for the development of our initiative. In addition, the budget was planned and details were clarified for important considerations such as insurance policies and coverage for students and professionals while volunteering for IMAGINE.
During this phase, we aimed to facilitate the creation and maintenance of positive, trusting relationships with clients that will allow the IMAGINE volunteer team to provide holistic health care. We also intended to explore this population's health needs. In order achieve these ends, we held educational sessions at St. Christopher House: The Meeting Place (at Queen & Bathurst). These were delivered by an interprofessional team of students, on a variety of health topics from contraception and cold/flu prevention to hypothermia and street safety.
IMAGINE has also collaborated with the staff at St. Christopher House: The Meeting Place as well as the St. Felix Centre to coordinate events such as the Heart Health Dinner and initiatives such as the Socks, Hats, and Mitts charity drive. These events are well-received by volunteers, staff, and most importantly, the clients.
In March 2010, we created a partnership with the Central Toronto Community Health Centre-Queen West Site and the University of Toronto for the clinic pilot. The IMAGINE Clinic was inaugurated on October 6, 2010, and served its first patients on Saturday, October 16, 2010.
With the opening of the clinic, Phase 2 of IMAGINE's project has begun. We are continuing to hold health education workshops and events, and will be working to increase awareness of the IMAGINE Clinic in the coming months. In addition, IMAGINE is now running a lecture series on topics relevant to community health and the issues facing our underserved, inner-city populations. The first lecture was delivered by Dr. Stephen Hwang on October 4, 2010 at the University of Toronto.