The CHANCES Family Centre Community Clinic uses a nurse practitioner model to ensure families and children without a regular family doctor receive the health care they need.

CHANCES clients represent 29 countries and 5 continents. 

The clinic at the CHANCES Family Centre on Prince Edward Island is finding smart new ways to care for their community. From a converted Victorian home in downtown Charlottetown, a nurse practitioner welcomes Islanders who don’t have a family doctor, providing basic healthcare, including type 2 diabetes and mental health prevention.

“It’s an invaluable service,” believes Melissa Coffin, “especially to new Canadians.” In her role as a resettlement caseworker with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, she knows how hard it can be for families to get the care they need.

I want families to have an extra year without having to manage a chronic illness, and that comes from leading our best lives.
— Erik Sande, President, Medavie EMS

“Mary Catherine, the nurse practitioner at CHANCES, invests so much time in her clients,” says Melissa. “This kind of continuity of care just can’t happen at a walk-in clinic.” With an 8,000-person wait list for a family doctor on the Island, CHANCES makes sure primary health care is more accessible.