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This healthcare service has 1 current healthcare service locations.
Best Beginning   at
Calgary Zone and Area
Connect Care Specialty: Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Connect Care Department: CGY ECHC PH BEST BEGINNING
Estimated time to routine appointment: Within 2 weeks
Alberta Health Services - Calgary Zone
SERVICE DESCRIPTION
Offers support for pregnant teens and pregnant people with low incomes to prevent low birth weight, promote prevention of injuries and promote maternal mental health by low social isolation and making connections with community supports.Provides information and support to pregnant people, which includes:
  • one-to-one and group support
  • facilitated discussions of prenatal, postnatal, parenting and nutrition topics
  • referrals to community support agencies, if needed
  • food coupons, bus tickets, and referrals for food hampers, if needed
  • dental referrals and family planning counselling, if needed
  • childcare at group sessions with Preschool curriculum
Offers support for pregnant teens and pregnant people with low incomes to prevent low birth weight, promote prevention of injuries and promote maternal mental health by low social isolation and making connections with community supports.Provides information and support to pregnant people, which includes:
  • one-to-one and group support
  • facilitated discussions of prenatal, postnatal, parenting and nutrition topics
  • referrals to community support agencies, if needed
  • food coupons, bus tickets, and referrals for food hampers, if needed
  • dental referrals and family planning counselling, if needed
  • childcare at group sessions with Preschool curriculum
ROUTINE REFERRAL PROCESS
Fax referrals to: (403) 955-1211
Client may self refer by calling (403) 228-8221
Fax referrals to: (403) 955-1211
Client may self refer by calling (403) 228-8221
URGENT REFERRAL PROCESS
Not applicable to this service
Not applicable to this service
EMERGENCY REFERRAL PROCESS
Emergencies should be directed to an Emergency Dept or Urgent Care
Emergencies should be directed to an Emergency Dept or Urgent Care
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
All clients must: 
  • have a confirmed pregnancy.
  • reside within Calgary or Airdrie City Limits or have accommodation within these boundaries for the period of care by the program.
  • have at least one of the following risk factors:
    • Low Socio-Economic Status:
      • Low income (based on LICO scale)
      • Inadequate housing
      • Insecure employment
      • Food insecurity
      • Low education and\or cognition challenges
    • Social Isolation with minimal supports
      • Single parent
      • First Nations, Métis and Inuit
      • Recent arrival in Canada
    • Other Conditions of Risk:
      • Under 18 years of age
      • Unhealthy relationships with minimal supports
      • Problematic substance use
      • Untreated mental illness
All clients must: 
  • have a confirmed pregnancy.
  • reside within Calgary or Airdrie City Limits or have accommodation within these boundaries for the period of care by the program.
  • have at least one of the following risk factors:
    • Low Socio-Economic Status:
      • Low income (based on LICO scale)
      • Inadequate housing
      • Insecure employment
      • Food insecurity
      • Low education and\or cognition challenges
    • Social Isolation with minimal supports
      • Single parent
      • First Nations, Métis and Inuit
      • Recent arrival in Canada
    • Other Conditions of Risk:
      • Under 18 years of age
      • Unhealthy relationships with minimal supports
      • Problematic substance use
      • Untreated mental illness
ADDITIONAL SERVICE DETAILS
Please refer client as early as possible in pregnancy.
Clients may self refer by phoning main line.
Program eligibility is determined at the initial assessment/intake.
 
Healthy snacks, grocery cards and bus tickets provided at group sessions. 
Free Childcare program held during group sessions for children of the clients only.
Please refer client as early as possible in pregnancy.
Clients may self refer by phoning main line.
Program eligibility is determined at the initial assessment/intake.
 
Healthy snacks, grocery cards and bus tickets provided at group sessions. 
Free Childcare program held during group sessions for children of the clients only.
COMMUNICATION PROCESS
  • Communication of referral receipt to referral source will occur within 7 calendar days.
  • Communication of appointment details or wait list status to patient and referral source will occur within 7 calendar days.
  • Communication of initial appointment outcomes to referral source will occur within 30 calendar days.
 
PHONE
403-228-8221 (To register)
403-944-7200
811 (immunization appointments only)
REFERRAL PHONE
403-228-8221
REFERRAL FAX
403-955-1211
LINKED SPECIALISTS
CLICK + TO VIEW REFERRAL GUIDELINES
Routine Reason for Referral
Access Targets convey the clinically appropriate timeframe patients should be seen within, by reason for referral and priority level.
Access Target
Required Information/Investigations
Investigation Timing
Additional Details
Immigrant
Pregnancy
 
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Low income
Pregnancy
 
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Nutrition counseling
Pregnancy
 
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Prenatal education
Pregnancy
 
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Social isolation
Pregnancy
 
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Teenage pregnancy
Pregnancy
 
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PATIENT APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
 
MISSED APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES
Call Best Beginning Mainline @ 403-228-8221
Call Best Beginning Mainline @ 403-228-8221
 
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
   
 
ADDRESS

Calgary
Alberta
T2P 2M5
PATIENT APPOINTMENT INSTRUCTIONS
  • Bring your Alberta health care card and a piece of government issued photo ID.
  • Check in at reception 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • You may bring a family member or significant other during your consultation.
  • Please make sure to have someone with you if you are unable to communicate in English.
  • Bring your Alberta health care card and a piece of government issued photo ID.
  • Check in at reception 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • You may bring a family member or significant other during your consultation.
  • Please make sure to have someone with you if you are unable to communicate in English.
 
DIRECTIONS
Service offered at multiple locations throughout Calgary. Home visits are also offered.
Service offered at multiple locations throughout Calgary. Home visits are also offered.
 
PHONE
403-228-8221 (To register)
403-944-7200
811 (immunization appointments only)
 
PARKING INSTRUCTIONS
Will be provided once service location has been determined. All service locations are located near public transportation hubs.
Will be provided once service location has been determined. All service locations are located near public transportation hubs.
 
EMAIL
VIRTUAL APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
 
PARKING MAP
 
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY
Yes

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The locations listed have 3 background colors:
  • Green means the healthcare service@location has referral information attached to it.
  • Brown means the healthcare service@location never had referral information attached to it, or it has unpublished referral information.
  • Red means
    • IA changed the healthcare service@location's status to something other than Current
    • It was deleted if it is an ARD healthcare service@location.
Green  and Brown are always at the top of the list. These are the Healthcare Service@Locations with the status of Current.
The Red list at the bottom consists of non-current Healthcare Service@locations that once had Published referral information in the ARD.
If the referral information was never published in ARD the Healthcare Service@location will not show in the Red list.

The secondary purpose of the All Locations list is to allow ARD Administrators to recover (copy) referral information from the non-current Healthcare Service@Locations to ones that are current.

Common Scenario:
A Healthcare Service moves from one location to another. In this case the IA Healthcare Service@Location record will be made defunct (non-current) and a new Healthcare Service@Location record will be created with a current status. In this scenario the captured referral guidelines in ARD can become "orphaned" as they are not attached to any current IA healthcare service.

Categories of non-current or orphaned referral guidelines: INDIVIDUAL and COMMON.
The REFERRAL GUIDELINES section of the profile has the prefix INDIVIDUAL or COMMON to help you choose the method below when transferring referral guidelines from a non-current Healthcare Service@Location to a current healthcare service@location.

Individual referral process
  1. Click on a non-current (Red) Healthcare Service@Location at the bottom of the All Locations list.
  2. The non-current referral info is displayed with the link Copy this Referral Process to another Healthcare Service@Location link on the upper right hand corner. Click on the copy link.
  3. Choose a current location (Green or Brown) from the All Locations list. This will be the Healthcare Service@Location you are pasting the referral info into.
  4. The system will display the Edit Referral Info screen populated with the referral info from the non-current Healthcare Service@Location you viewed in the first step.
  5. Click Save and the referral info is transferred from the non-current Healthcare Service@Location to the current one.
  6. Repeat these steps for each Healthcare Service@Location that needs attention.

Common referral process - 2 sub cases.
Case 1: At least 1 current Healthcare Service@Location with common referral info is with current status for this healthcare service; One or more Healthcare Healthcare Service@Locations where replaced by new one.
  1. Click on any current Healthcare Service@Location whether it has referral info (Green) or not (Brown).
  2. The healthcare service location opens in the Edit Referral Info screen populated with the current common referral info.
  3. Save it. 
  4. All locations will be updated with the common referral information, including all the locations that don't have referral info yet (Brown). The non-current referrals (Red) will also be updated.
Case 2:  All Healthcare Healthcare Service@Locations for a healthcare service are set to a non-current status and replaced by new ones. In this case there is no current additional referral info to copy from, so the only alternative is to pick up the non-current common referral process (Red). Follow the steps described in the section Individual Referral Process above to copy/paste the non-current common referral info to the current healthcare service locations.
Generally we want to replicate current common referral info to new or replaced healthcare service locations. We only resort to copying non-current common referral info if there is no other option.

Remember: Some fields can be location specific with the common referral process:
Parking Instructions, Directions, Parking Map, Wait Time, Referral Phone or Referral Fax.
To update these items you have to edit each Healthcare Service@Location separately.

ADDITONAL NOTES:
  • The info icon after the All Locations drop down will be visible to ARD Administrators.
  • The system doesn't allow you to copy referral information from one non-current Healthcare Service@Location to another.

 

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