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Community Health and Wellbeing Week

Community Health and Wellbeing Week (CHWW) is an annual communications campaign coordinated by the Alliance for Healthier Communities. Every year during CHWW, members of the Alliance mount a wide range of communication activities and special events to bring attention to the issues that are important to them. The Week also provides an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the great work that Alliance members do to achieve the best possible health and wellbeing for everyone living in Ontario.

Dates: October 21-27, 2019
Theme: Connected Teams, Connected People, Connected Communities

Context

  • Federal election on October 21, 2019
  • Health system restructuring in Ontario and creation of Ontario Health Teams

Goals of CHWW

  • Highlight the important role Alliance members play in the health system transformation and Ontario Health Teams;
  • Position Alliance members as leaders in building local connections and working closely with partners, clients and community members to develop local solutions to the issues their clients and communities face;
  • Spotlight the many different ways Alliance members deliver comprehensive, people-centred, team-based primary health care services, contribute to a more integrated health system and build more connected, vibrant communities.

Theme/Focus Days

This year, we introduce theme days with each day of the week dedicated to a particular focus area. Theme days will help focus the messaging on each day, highlight different aspects of our work and demonstrate how these different aspects come together to advance the best possible health and wellbeing for everyone living in Ontario.

We encourage members to consider coordinating celebrations around the corresponding dates and focus days to showcase the innovative ways providing high-quality health care, improving health outcomes, and narrowing health disparities. However, the events do not have to coincide exactly with the focus of respective days – much like the CHWW theme, focus days are available to enhance your events and help provide structure. Coordinating local efforts around the themes of the focus days helps maximize the provincial impact of our message.

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Connected Society Connected Teams Connected System Connected People Connected Communities
Federal election SCOPE/TeamCare Celebrating partnerships Health promotion and community programs Building vibrant communities/Community development
Democratic engagement as a determinant of health Ontario Health Teams Social prescribing Celebrating volunteers Social belonging and inclusion
  Interprofessional Primary Care Services     Community governance

Resources

Webinar

Watch our pre-recorded Community Health and Wellbeing Week planning webinar

Event in a Box

This guide, available in English and French, offers key messages and tips for planning events at your centre.

Communication Materials

Planning Tools

Events

October 17

Election Dissection
Thursday, October 17 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Join East End Community Health Centre in celebrating Community Health and Wellbeing Week to learn about the election process and to discuss the federal issues that matter the most to you. Learn about the platforms of the most prominent federal parties representing Beaches-East York.

Hosted by: East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen Street East, Toronto

October 21

Early Morning Skate Program
Monday, October 21 | 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at M'Chigeeng Arena

CHWW Breakfast Celebration
Monday, October 21

Celebrating the week with light refreshments for clients.

Hosted by: Bramalea Community Health Centre, 40 Finchgate Blvd Suite 224, Brampton

Voting Day Information

Voting day information booth at Bramalea CHC.

Hosted by: Bramalea Community Health Centre, 40 Finchgate Blvd Suite 224, Brampton

Exercise Class
Monday, October 21 | 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Join this fun fitness group for easy to moderate cardio and resistance training.

Hosted by: South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, 14 Ramblewood Dr. Unit 202, Wasaga Beach

Voting for the Health of It

Monday, October 21 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Your voice matters, so take action in the federal election! Drop in on election day to learn about the federal candidates, how to vote and receive transportation assistance to the polls if need be.

Hosted by: Quest CHC, 145 Queenston St, St. Catharines

FASD Support 'Teach the Teacher'
Monday, October 21 | 10 a.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at St. Joseph's Anishnabek School, Sheshegwaning

Guided nature walk and soup
Monday, October 21 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy some fresh air and meet others in your community by joining a gentle nature walk guided by Free Spirit Tours. A hot soup will be waiting for you at the SGBCHC after the walk.

Hosted by: South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, 14 Ramblewood Dr. Unit 202, Wasaga Beach

Local Food Gathering - From Tree to Table
Monday, October 21 | 10:30 a.m.

Apple Cider Pressing and Crab Apple Jelly Jarring. Welcome to bring your own apples to press into the cider. No registration required, bring the kids!

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, 4 Directions Complex, Aundeck Omni Kaning

Proclamation et séance d'exercice extérieure 
Lundi 21 octobre | 11 h 30 à 13 h

Le Centre de santé communautaire de l'Estrie (CSCE), le Seaway Valley Community Health Centre (SVCHC), partenaires et membres de la communauté se réuniront pour un lever de drapeau et la proclamation de la Semaine de la santé et du bien-être communautaire.

Pour plus d'information, téléphonez au 613-937-2683.

Hosted by: Centre de santé communautaire de l'Estrie and Seaway Valley Community Health Centre - Parc Lamoureux, Cornwall

Buddy Bench Project
Monday, October 21 | 12 p.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at Zhiibaahaasing First Nation

World Food Day
Monday, October 21 | 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

For Community Health and Wellbeing Week, Parkdale Garden Group and Greenest City are taking action to increase awareness about World Food Day. On October 21, come share your thoughts on the future of food and the environment, then have some free soup and fresh bread!

Hosted by: Parkdale Queen West CHC, 1229 Queen Street West, Toronto

Meditation Group
Monday, October 21 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Learn how to de-stress, balance your emotions and promote inner peace in this guided group meditation. No experience necessary.

Hosted by: South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, 14 Ramblewood Dr. Unit 202, Wasaga Beach

Hot Topics in Health: Pathways to Education
Monday, October 21 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Are you interested in learning about what options are available in our community for adult education? Whether you want to complete high school credits, get your GED, prepare for further education or employment, come and learn about what programs are available and which ones are best for your goals.

Hosted by: Quest CHC, 145 Queenston St, St. Catharines

Jerky Workshop
Monday, October 21 | 4:30 p.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at M'Chigeeng Health Centre

Soirée-cinéma « Enfants / Grands-parents » 
Lundi 21 octobre | 18 h à 20 h

Venez visionner le film NOÉMIE, LE SECRET (AUDITOIRE : G) à la Bibliothèque publique de Cornwall.

Cette activité est GRATUITE, mais une contribution en denrées non périssables serait appréciée.

Toutes les denrées amassées seront remises au CENTRE AGAPÈ.

Pour plus d'information, téléphonez au 613-937-3132, poste 232.

Hosted by: Centre de santé communautaire de l'Estrie

October 22

Early Morning Skate Program
Tuesday, October 22 | 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at M'Chigeeng Arena

WellFort Staff Team Building Activity
Tuesday, October 22

Hosted by: Bramalea Community Health Centre, 40 Finchgate Blvd Suite 224 Brampton

Bike Donation Event
Tuesday, October 22 | 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Access Point on Danforth, 3079 Danforth Ave. Toronto

Walk-Talk-Learn Event
Tuesday, October 22 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars Bridges CHC's annual Walk-Talk-Learn Events to celebrate Community Health and Wellbeing Week.

Hosted by: Bridges Community Health Centre, 1485 Garrison Road, Fort Erie

Nordic Pole Walking
Tuesday, October 22 | 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Walk with your community through local forest trails and along the Ontario Parks beach. Poles are provided and no experience is necessary!

Hosted by: South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, 14 Ramblewood Dr. Unit 202, Wasaga Beach

Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, October 22 | 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Come learn about our programs and services. Brown bag lunch and refreshments provided for community members.

Hosted by: South Riverdale CHC, 955 Queen Street East, Toronto

Nutrition Workshop: Mediterranean Eating on a Budget
Tuesday, October 22 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Have you heard of the Mediterranean diet? Do you know that has been proved to be the best way of eating for both your physical and mental health? Are you unsure whether it can fit into your lifestyle? Join us to learn more about this way of eating and see how you can incorporate it into your life in a budget friendly way.

Hosted by: Quest CHC, 145 Queenston St, St. Catharines

Pap Party
Tuesday, October 22 | 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Cervical screening Who is invited to the PAP PARTY? Anyone age 21 to 70 who has not had a pap test in last three years. Millions of women in Ca|ada still do not get regular Pap tests and/or their HPV vaccination, the PAP PARTY makes it as convenient as possible for women to get tested. You won't need an OHIP card or a family doctor and we will have childcare available during the testing. Knowledge, vaccination and screening are key to help reduce the number of women dying needlessly from this largely preventable cancer.

Hosted by: Leeds & Grenville Community Family Health Team, 2235 Parkedale Avenue, Brockville

Community Wellbeing Afternoon
Tuesday, October 22

Mindfulness Workshop - 2:15 -3:30 p.m.
Instructor Heather Cross will teach us how mindfulness can help us build resilience and manage stress.

Pumpkin Decorating - 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Dinner - 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Hosted by: Carlington CHC, 900 Merivale Road, Ottawa

Afterschool Volleyball
Tuesday, October 22 | 3:10 - 4:10 p.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at Assiginack Public School

Information Session on Immunization
Tuesday, October 22 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Rexdale community Health Center inter-professional team will organize an open information session on community immunity. This session is intended to help families and parents to make informed decision regarding immunization (Vaccine). The session will addresses key topics: 1. Stress management and chair Yoga for all ages (15 to 20 minutes) 2. Vaccine Education for about 30 to 45 minutes, explaining the risks and benefits of immunization and specific details on vaccine safety. - How vaccines work - Herd Immunity - Vaccine safety - Immunization schedules - Immunization legislative requirement for schoolchildren in Ontario under the Immunization of school pupils Act ( ISPA ) ******* Childminding, Food and Token will be provided*******

Hosted by: Rexdale Community Health Centre, 21 Panorama Court, Toronto

Over the Fire Cooking with Corey MacDonald
Tuesday, October 22 | 4 p.m.

Fire roasted grouse. Please dress warm and bring your feast bundle.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at Sheshegwaning Community Complex

Ignace Harvest Dinner
Tuesday, October 22 | 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, October 22, join Mary Berglund Community Health Centre for a free garden feast featuring a variety of homecooked foods, lively entertainment, displays and recognitions. A free will donation of non-perishable foods would be greatly appreciated for the Ignace Food ank.

Hosted by: Mary Berglund Community Health Centre at Ignace Recreation Hall

FoodFit
Tuesday, October 22 | 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Learn how to make delicious salads and meat alternative sandwiches on a budget. Participants will cook, share a meal together, exercise and have fun!

Hosted by: South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, 14 Ramblewood Dr. Unit 202, Wasaga Beach

October 23

Early Morning Skate Program
Wednesday, October 23 | 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at M'Chigeeng Arena

Proclamation to City of Brampton
Wednesday, October 23

Hosted by: Bramalea Community Health Centre at City of Brampton

Bonding & Attachment within the Family (Parenting Conference)
Wednesday, October 23 | 9 a.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre in Wikwemikong

Exercise Class
Wednesday, October 23 | 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Join this fun fitness group for easy to moderate cardio and resistance training.

Hosted by: South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, 14 Ramblewood Dr. Unit 202, Wasaga Beach

Walk-Talk-Learn Event
Wednesday, October 23 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars Bridges CHC's annual Walk-Talk-Learn Events to celebrate Community Health and Wellbeing Week.

Hosted by: Bridges Community Health Centre, 380 Elm Street, Port Colborne

Lunch and Learn about Social Prescribing
Wednesday, October 23 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Rexdale Community Health Center in celebrating the Community Health and Well-being week, come and join us an interactive session with partners and all staff members are invited to attend to share their experience of building community connections, and prescribing social activities beyond medical service to address the social determinants of health and in reducing social isolation, sadness and depression etc. This session provides information about various social activities and community programs that are available at Rexdale Community Health Center - Workshops : Various resources available in RCHC, Data , clients messages and feedback - Service providers will share how social prescribing has helped their clients - Client is also invited to share their experience in social prescribing services. - Collect and display program info and all the community program at RCHC - There will be a display for brainstorming community ideas and win a prize!

Hosted by: Rexdale CHC, 21 Panorama Court, Toronto

Cooking Class: Mediterranean Eating on a Budget
Wednesday, October 23 | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Do you want to learn simple and inexpensive recipes? Do you want to learn how you can incorporate Mediterranean eating into your life in a budget friendly way? Join us for a cooking class. You will sample the yummy food and share it with others at the Community Celebration.

Hosted by: Quest CHC at Silver Spire Church, 366 St.Paul Street, St.Catharines

Free Yoga and Ice Cream
Wednesday, October 23 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Join Niagara Falls CHC at A.J. McKinley Park for free yoga and ice cream! All welcome. Some mats will be available for use.

Hosted by: Niagara Falls CHC at A.J. McKinley Park

Kids Kickboxing
Wednesday, October 23 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at Pontiac School Gym, Wikwemikong

Open House and Keynote Speech
Wednesday, October 23 | 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Open house, tours and program info booths
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Keynote speech with special guest, Anne Wojtak, Interim Lead, East Toronto Health Partners. Light refreshments provided.

Hosted by: South Riverdale CHC, 955 Queen Street East, Toronto

Local Food Gathering - Over the Fire
Wednesday, October 23 | 5 p.m.

Foods of focus are sustainably harvested on Manitoulin Island; including venison, grouse, trout, white corn and fresh herbs.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, Sheguiandah Community Hall

Circle of Security for Parents and Caregivers
Wednesday, October 23 | 5:30 p.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at M'Chigeeng Health Centre

Volunteer Workshop: ABC's of LGBTQ+
Wednesday, October 23 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Do you volunteer at Quest? Do you want to learn more about the diverse LGBTQ+ community? Join us for dinner and an education session where we will discuss the unique health need of this population, how to be a positive ally and what supports are available for this population in the community.

Hosted by: Quest CHC, 145 Queenston St, St. Catharines

Harvest Dinner
Wednesday, October 23 | 6:30 p.m.

The Community Health Centres of Northumberland presents the 7th Annual Sharing Garden Harvest Dinner. Come and enjoy a five course meal featuring local seasonal ingredients. Tickets: $35, cash only

Hosted by: Community Health Centres of Northumberland, 99 Toronto Road, Port Hope

October 24

Early Morning Skate Program
Thursday, October 24 | 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at M'Chigeeng Arena

Measuring Rural Community Vitality
Thursday October 24

On Thursday October 24, 2019, CSC CHIGAMIK CHC will be presenting at the ROI’s “Measuring Rural Community Vitality” event in Cobourg, Ontario. CSC CHIGAMIK CHC will share insights and lessons learned on the “power of belonging” and how addressing social isolation plays a key role in community health and wellbeing.

Hosted by: CSC CHIGAMIK CHC

Seniors Group Celebration
Thursday, October 24

Hosted by: Bramalea Community Health Centre, 40 Finchgate Blvd Suite 224 Brampton

Screen for Life Cancer Coach
Thursday, October 24 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are you due for a routine colon, breast or cervical cancer screening? Drop by the coach parked outside of Quest and complete any cancer screens you are eligible for in a quick and easy way. No appointment or referral needed. When you complete your screening between 9 and 11:30 am, you can join for a free breakfast and manicure.

Hosted by: Quest CHC, 145 Queenston St, St. Catharines

Nordic Pole Walking
Thursday, October 24 | 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Walk with your community through local forest trails and along the Ontario Parks beach. Poles are provided and no experience is necessary!

Hosted by: South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, 14 Ramblewood Dr. Unit 202, Wasaga Beach

weCHC 10th Anniversary and weCHC on Wheels launch
Thursday, October 24 | 10 a.m.

Join Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre as they celebrate their 10th anniversary and launch their new weCHC on Wheels program. Guest speaker: Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj.

Hosted by: Windsor-Essex CHC, 3325 College Avenue, Windsor

Local Food Gathering - From Tree to Table
Thursday, October 24 | 12 p.m.

Apple cider pressing and crab apple jelly jarring. Welcome to bring your own apples to press into cider. No registration is required, bring the kids!

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at M'Chigeeng Health Centre

Hobbies and Crafts Social Group
Thursday, October 24 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Come out and socialize with others while taking part in a creative rock painting workshop. The goal is to paint "kind" words on the rocks and place them along the trails in your community!

Hosted by: South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, 14 Ramblewood Dr. Unit 202, Wasaga Beach

Community Health and Wellbeing 2019 Celebration at Kitchener Downtown CHC
Thursday, October 24 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Learn what happens at Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre

  • Try mini workshops- yoga, breathing, tasting food
  • Get to know CHC staff, our clients and your neighbours at performances
  • Try face painting and other children's activities
  • Enjoy delicious food and beverages

Hosted by: Kitchener Downtown CHC, 44 Francis Street South, Kitchener

Community Gardener Dinner
Thursday, October 24 | 6 p.m.

Wrapping up the garden season with our community gardeners! We are also recognizing the culmination of an Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed Grant- inviting our local MPP and OTF representatives.

Hosted by: Compass Community Health Centre, 438 Hughson St. North, Hamilton

October 25

Early Morning Skate Program
Friday, October 25 | 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at M'Chigeeng Arena

Community Celebration
Friday, October 25 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Participants who attended events throughout the week are invited back to celebrate the finale of Community Health and Wellbeing Week. Come and enjoy the tasty food prepared by the Cooking Class, learn about a new collaborative project Quest is part of and congratulate the recipients of the Community Connector Awards.

Hosted by: Quest CHC, 145 Queenston St, St. Catharines

Eating All Together
Friday, October 25 | 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Our community will work together to prepare, serve, and enjoy lunch in a casual setting with the goal of building connections.

Hosted by: Grand River CHC, 363 Colborne Street, Brantford

Unveiling the Building a Connected & Inclusive Community Project
Friday, October 25 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Join us as we share the results of the Connected Rural Communities Collaborative, Ontario Trillium Project on belonging and social isolation! See the priorities that our communities have set. Establish some ways we can make change happen together! Also enjoy How Much is Enough? Campaign presentation and view Photovoice Exhibit. Refreshments served! Everyone welcome!

Hosted by: Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre, Community Room, 69 Main St East, Grand Bend

Belonging Presentation
Friday, October 25 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join Niagara Falls CHC for a belongning presentation. All welcome! Snacks to follow.

Hosted by: Niagara Falls CHC at 6868 Ailanthus Avenue, Niagara Falls

October 26

Over the Fire Cooking with Louie Francis
Saturday, October 26 | 10 a.m.

Cedar apple wood smoked trout and fire rock cooking. Please dress warm and bring your feast bundle.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre at Zhiibaahaasing First Nation

Community Bike Ride
Saturday, October 26 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Hosted by: Access Point on Danforth, 3079 Danforth Ave. Toronto

Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 26 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Access Point on Danforth, 3079 Danforth Ave. Toronto

Healthy Living Swim Program
Saturday, October 26 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Noojmowin Teg Health Centre in partnership with Zhiibaahaasin, Sheshegwaning and Aundeck Omni Kaning at Espanola Pool

October 30

LGBTQ+ Youth Halloween Dance
Wednesday, October 30 | 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween with other LGBTQ+ youth and allies, aged 14 to 18. The evening will include a DJ, food, and prizes? Costumes are optional.

Hosted by: Quest CHC at Governor Simcoe Secondary School, 5 Glenview Ave, St.Catharines

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