Show Your Liver Some Love! Bringing New Medical Technology to Calgary’s Most Marginalized
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Calgary, AB. – Show Your Liver Some Love! is a liver health screening event for low-income Calgarians that will be taking place from 10:00-12:00am and 1:00-3:00pm on Friday, May 30th, at CUPS – 1001 10 Ave SW.
It is estimated that at least one in 10 Canadians, or more than three million people, has some form of liver disease. The Canadian Liver Foundation calls the situation “a crisis in the making”. Liver disease and its complications impact quality of life and life expectancy and incur serious costs for the Canadian health care system.
CUPS works with low-income and marginalised populations who often have complex medical and social needs and who may be at high risk of liver disease. 14 years ago, CUPS started a multi-disciplinary Hepatitis C Program. Currently, it is one of three programs in Calgary offering Hep C diagnosis and treatment and the only program specifically tailored for the complex health and social needs of low-income Calgarians. Last year, the program saw almost 200 patients for Hep C education, vaccinations, risk factor modification, screening for complications, and treatment.
In an effort to reach marginalized Calgarians who may be at increased risk of liver disease, the Calgary Liver Unit a University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services initiative is providing FibroScan® services at CUPS on Friday, May 30th. Through the event, vulnerable and low-income Calgarians will be screened for liver issues, receive health information and counselling and follow-up medical services if required. The event has been advertised at CUPS, Calgary shelters, treatment facilities, and through Alberta Health Services Safeworks Calgary. We will be able to perform 75 FibroScans over the course of the day.
Similar to a biopsy, a FibroScan® is used for early detection, screening, assessment and monitoring of liver disease severity. A FibroScan® is like an ultrasound, it is non-invasive, painless, and provides immediate results regarding the severity of liver fibrosis (scarring).
Celebrating 25 years of serving Calgarians, CUPS (Calgary Urban Project Society) remains an innovative leader in helping vulnerable and marginalised individuals and families. CUPS offers integrated and evidence-based programs in the critical areas of health, education, and housing. Last year alone, CUPS helped over 7,000 low-income individuals and families in Calgary.
CUPS health services go beyond basic care to help Calgary’s most vulnerable overcome the barriers to their well-being. Last year, CUPS Primary Care and Women’s Health Clinics saw over 5,000 unique patients with 25,100 patient visits, including 659 pediatric patients, pre-natal care for 214 women, and mental health care for 530 individuals.
CUPS provides outreach medical care at Calgary Alpha House, Calgary Drop In Centre, The Mustard Seed, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, Brenda’s House and Awo Taan Healing Lodge.
The vision of the Calgary Liver Unit is to be the premier liver unit in Canada, and to be recognized internationally for excellence in patient care and research. The Calgary Liver Unit represents a unique set of capabilities which include proven successes in the areas of research, education and clinical patient care.
UToday: Painless test can predict severity of chronic liver disease – Clinical trials at University of Calgary demonstrate efficacy of non-invasive device
Canadian Liver Foundation: Liver Disease in Canada – a Crisis in the Making
Global TV Calgary: Health FYI: Liver Disease Scan