The Comprehensive Health Education Workers’ (C.H.E.W.) Project began in fall 2014. It is a community-based initiative supported by the Alberta Community Council on HIV and enabled by Alberta Health and Wellness and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) through the Alberta Community HIV Fund. Its core function is to develop and deliver research-informed, age-appropriate, and non-judgmental comprehensive health education for LGBTQ2S+ youth, especially those who identify as gay, and/or MSM (males who have sex with males) youth as well as those who are trans and non-binary.
The project’s key goals are to (1) provide sexual, mental, physical, and social health education and (2) support and empower participating youth to be change agents in their own lives and the lives of their peers. For some time now, iSMSS has been offering supports to trans-spectrum youth through our Family Resilience Project. The CHEW Project complements this work to ensure the health and well-being of LGBTQ2S+ youth.
Find out more about C.H.E.W's testing consideration here.