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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 5-11, 2020
Theme: Power in Community: A Healthy Recovery that Works for Everyone

Context

  • COVID-19 and members' response
  • COVID-19 recovery and the need for a more equitable, stronger system rooted in people and communities

Goals of CHWW

  • Celebrate Alliance members' leadership and innovation during the COVID-19 response and spotlight the many different ways they've stepped up during the pandemic to meet the needs of their clients and communities;
  • Bring attention to the disparities that have been amplified during the COVID-19 crisis and the importance of addressing these inequities in future pandemic recovery planning and COVID-19 recovery;
  • Amplify the need for a just and healthy recovery that puts people first and leverages the power of community;
  • Highlight the important role Alliance members play in building a stronger, more equitable health system. 

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Events

Monday, October 5

Merry Mingle: Thanksgiving Edition
October 5 | 12:00-1:30p.m.

Free take-out lunch at First Presbyterian Church, 60 Fifth Street, Chatham.

Please note that physical distancing and other safety measures will be in effect. First come, first served.

Hosted by: Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres

Tuesday, October 6

Arts on Prescription: Improving health and wellbeing through arts participation
October 6 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Research has shown that arts participation leads to a wide range of improvements in physical and mental health, including improved cognitive functions, reduced instances of depression, and better management of chronic pain, just to name a few. A 2019 evidence review by the World Health Organization Europe, mapping global research and case studies, found that arts play a significant role in health promotion and management and has the potential to “address complex challenges for which there are no current healthcare solutions.” 

Across Ontario, healthcare providers and arts organizations are taking intersectoral action in the midst of COVID-19. 

In this virtual event, you will:

  • Learn what prompted them to collaborate, and how they are co-designing innovative programs to improve health and wellbeing with focus on equity and inclusion.
  • Hear how existing and new programs are being adapted during the pandemic.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in a virtual dance experience.
  • Be provided with practical advice and resources to begin or deepen cross-sectoral engagement in your own settings.

Presenters: Art Gallery of Ontario; Canada National Ballet School; CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre; North York Family Health Team; South Riverdale Community Health Centre 

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Fall Virtual Cooking Class
October 6 | 11:00 - 12:30 pm

We are excited to host a virtual cooking class in celebration of Community Health and Wellbeing Week 2020! We will be cooking Hearty Vegetable Soup together over Zoom- with support from Registered Dietitian Katie.

A FREE ingredient box or a completed sample of the meal can be delivered to you for the event!

Register online

Presented by: Grand River Community Health Centre

Wednesday, October 7

Merry Mingle: Thanksgiving Edition
October 7 | 12:00-1:30p.m.

Free take-out lunch at Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres, 785 Tecumseh Road, Unit #16, Wapole Island.

Please note that physical distancing and other safety measures will be in effect. First come, first served.

Hosted by: Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres

Friday, October 9

Merry Mingle: Thanksgiving Edition

October 9 | 12:00-1:30p.m.

Free take-out lunch at Knox Presbyterian Church, 251 Duncan Street, Wallaceburg.

Please note that physical distancing and other safety measures will be in effect. First come, first served.

Hosted by: Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres