Impacts

Families followed in 2022-2023

La Maison Bleue serves families living in vulnerable situations. The care model at La Maison Bleue enables these families to receive care in accordance with recommendations, resulting in favorable health outcomes.

From April 1, 2022
as of March 31, 2023
Côte-des-neiges
Opened in 2007
Parc-Extension
Oponed in 2011
Saint-Michel
Openedin 2017
Verdun
Oponed in 2020
Total
Total number of pregnant
women monitored
107 92 90 80 369
New pregnancy follow-ups 76 53 59 58 246
Mothers/families followed 408 339 273 112 1 132
 Children followed 381 497 347 132 1 357
Spouses followed 58 36 96 35 225
Total of people followed 847 872 716 279 2 174
Total number since the opening (active and transferred files) 3 030 2 234 1 217 308 6 789

Data about results

La Maison Bleue serves families living in vulnerable situations. The care model at La Maison Bleue enables these families to receive care in accordance with recommendations, resulting in favorable health outcomes.

Compared to patients attending local community service centers (CLSC), patients followed by the La Maison Bleue social perinatal network represent a much more vulnerable population, with numerous barriers to accessing care. The results show that patients receiving prenatal and early childhood care at La Maison Bleue have similar or better health outcomes than local or regional averages and demonstrate patterns of health service use that reflect reduced barriers to access to care.

Premature babies Low-weight babies
Montreal
7.1%
Montreal
6.5%
La Maison Bleue
5.7%
La Maison Bleue
5.0%

Activity Reports

Research and evaluations

2023

Socio-demographic characteristics, use of health services and health outcomes among mothers and their children monitored at La Maison Bleue

This project examined the sociodemographic characteristics and health outcomes of patients receiving care at the La Maison Bleue Parc-Extension, Côte-des-Neiges and Saint-Michel sites. Health services’ usage profiles among patients receiving care at LMB PEX and CDN sites are also described.

Report prepared by Rina Lall, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health – Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University, Natasha Odessa Grimard, School of Medicine – Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University, Erin Hetherington, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health – Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

2023

Projet : “Prevalence and Determinants of Overweight and Obesity Among Preschool-Aged Children from Migrant and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Contexts”

Among migrant and socioeconomically disadvantaged preschool-aged children followed in a community-based social perinatal primary care centre in Montreal, Canada, La Maison Bleue, (The cumulative prevalence of overweight risk, overweight and obesity in children aged 3 to 5 in Quebec was 34.2% (CHMS, 2012-2015)). Research is needed to better understand the role of social perinatal services such as those offered at La Maison Bleue in promoting optimal weight gain in at-risk children.

Research made by Claudia Woronko, McGill University – Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Lisa Merry, Université de Montréal, Sumeyye Uckun, Université de Montréal Anaële Cuerrier, McGill University – Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Patricia Li, McGill University – McGill University Health Centre, Jennifer Hille, La Maison Bleue, Andraea Van Hulst, McGill University – Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences,

Other research projects

At La Maison Bleue, we have a deep commitment towards the scientific community, so as to better understand the interest, the outreach and limits of our organizational model. That is why we support research projects that will enhance our strategic thinking and maximize our contribution to the improvement of services offered in first-line services in Québec, particularly in terms of accessibility and equity when it comes to health.

bebe et infirmiere

2023

Project: Transnationalism and caring for vulnerable-status, migrant women and their families during pregnancy and early-childhood

Project led by Lisa Merry, Faculty of Nursing at the Université de Montréal, Meghry Kevork, Institut universitaire SHERPA, Jennifer Hille, La Maison Bleue of Parc-Extension, on the transnational ties migrants have with their country of origin, including identity, social, cultural, economic and service/care links and interactions.

There are still significant gaps in the approach of health workers to transnational links between migrants and whether and how these links are addressed in the context of care. La Maison Bleue is a community-based organization with a social perinatal approach that provides health and social services to vulnerable families during pregnancy until the last child turns five. The authors conducted a small qualitative descriptive study and interviewed 7 staff members (nursing, social work, family medicine, psychoeducation) and 3 directors/management support staff members to gather data on their experiences and views on “transnationalism” for vulnerable migrant women and their families. Transnational identity (language, culture, attachment to country of origin) and ongoing ties to country of origin, including communication with children and extended family, sending funds, and obtaining advice on children’s education and health, typically occur in care interactions. Foster transnational relations and cultural identity are strategies used by staff members of La Maison Bleue to strengthen the sense of belonging of migrant families and help them cope with losses, while tackling transnational tensions to promote the well-being of families.

2020

Practice story on a project to promote the well-being and health of mothers and their children in a pandemic context

Project led by Mireille Malaket, Master’s candidate, School of Social Work, Université de Montréal and Anne-Marie Bellemare, social worker at La Maison Bleue. In the form of a practice story, this article presents a project carried out in 2020-2021 at La Maison Bleue Parc-Extension aimed at promoting the well-being and health of mothers and their children in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project, comprised of two initiatives named Walking Club (Club de marche) and Project Plants (Projet Plantes), mobilized practices centered on nature and adventure (PCNAs) through group meetings focused on family health. This project enabled participants to regain collective power over their health by creating new social ties, adapting to the territory and getting closer to nature. This practice narrative is intended to inspire the introduction of PCNAs in new intervention settings. It highlights the role of social workers (SWs) in influencing the overall health of individuals, groups and communities by prescribing nature outings and fighting for equal access to nature and urban green.

2019

Medicine Interns Experience at La Maison Bleue

Julie Massé, a master student in Community Health at Université Laval is interested in the acquisition of knowledge of doctors that have done an internship at La Maison Bleue in the course of their clinical training and the potential applicability of their learnings in later frontline practices.

2019

Understanding resiliency among young recent migrant families accessing services from La Maison Bleue

Thalia Aubé, a nursing master student at McGill University, is interested in resiliency among young recent migrant families, particularly what is developed with the access to services and participation to activities at La Maison Bleue. Her study examins how families build on their forces and skills to promote health and well-being for their children. Her study examins how families build on their forces and skills to promote health and well-being for their children.

2019

Project “Lanterne”

Funded by Avenir d’enfants, the “Lanterne” project is an initiative from the Centre d’expertise Marie-Vincent. It aims to prevent sexual abuse towards toddlers by raising awareness within different communities to the importance of sexual education and egalitarian relationships. It will do so by developing educational and intervention material adapted to the needs and development level of 0-5 year olds.

In its data collection phase, families and employees of La Maison Bleue participated in discussion groups. Following this, La Maison Bleue will contribute to the creation and implantation of tools developed, by participating in various committees of the “Lanterne” project.

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