About the Session:
MOBYSS (Mobile York and South Simcoe) is Ontario’s first mobile health clinic for youth, going into the community where youth are. It provides a Nurse Practitioner, Youth Mental Health Worker and Peer Support Specialist, working together in a multi-disciplinary approach that addresses both primary care and mental health support needs to those aged 12 to 25. The program began in 2015, working with community agencies including shelters, youth drop-ins and libraries. Beginning in the fall of 2016, MOBYSS started providing clinics to schools. This presentation will provide an overview of the MOBYSS program’s journey into the school system – its outreach, relationship building with school staff and students, barriers, successes, and the incredible increase in service utility. Staff observations, lessons learned, and feedback from various stakeholders will be provided as additional context to the impacts of bringing services to underserved schools.
Glen Gifford: Jazz trumpeter and Program Manager, with more than 20 years of experience in social services, with a natural curiosity for program and partnership development, and a commitment to service excellence.
Michelle Hermans: Cake decorator. Amateur exerciser. Mom x 2. MOBYSS Nurse Practitioner! Youth can see her on the bus for any medical or sexual health concerns. Michelle is enthusiastic about promoting positive health, advocating for, and
empowering youth with mental illness in the community.
Emily Grice: Music fanatic. Dog rescuer. Outdoor enthusiast. Peer Support Specialist!! Emily is passionate about working with youth, and strives to promote their safety and well-being through empowerment.