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Community Health and Wellbeing Week

Community Health and Wellbeing Week Building Equitable Futures

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.

WHEN: October 4-10, 2021

THEME: Building Equitable Futures

CONTEXT:

  • Black health strategy launches in September. Black health strategy fact sheet
  • Digital Inclusion Week (*Oct. 4-8 in the U.S.) coincides with Community Health and Wellbeing Week (CHWW), we will want to use this opportunity to amplify our own messages.
  • It is the first CHWW since the soft launch of the Community Health Equity Builders Program. We will encourage people to join and participate in the Week. Builders program details.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

  • “Bring Your MPP/MP/City Councillor to Work” Day
  • Webinars/Panel discussions
  • “COVID-19 Health Equity Builder” story cards
  • Sharing our stories

SOCIAL MEDIA: Primary: #CHWW2021, #BuildingEquitableFutures, #HealthEquityBuilders Secondary: #HealthEquity #CommunityHealth #ONpoli #ONhealth

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Tackling Stigma - The Unresolved Barrier to Achieving Good Health Webinar
Monday, October 4 | 2:00 p.m.

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services and the Alliance for Healthier Communities invites you to join a panel discussion: Tackling Stigma – The Unresolved Barrier to Achieving Good Health.

Following the release of a report by Access Alliance, “Tackling TB Stigma”, we have brought together a panel of experts to highlight the role of stigma in creating barriers to support, care and better health and how we might reduce or eliminate stigma as a barrier.

We’ll hear from panelists working with varied populations and conditions including HIV, TB and women’s health. They will share and discuss the impact/effects of stigma on clients and communities, as well as strategies and practices that can address stigma. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and contribute to the conversation on stigma and ways it can be addressed at both agency and system levels.

Register here

Read the "Tackling TB Stigma" report

Hosted by: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Online Stress and Wellbeing Webinar
Monday, October 4 | 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Join our virtual webinar that discusses health, stress management and wellbeing. Copy and paste the link into your web browser to attend. Link: https://bit.ly/3i7k2Yg

Hosted by: Health Zone NPLC

Real Steps to Language Access in Health Systems
Wednesday, October 6 | 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Following the release of our report “Investing in Language Access to Optimize Health System Performance”, we have brought together a panel of experts to talk about what’s working now and how we can leverage those successes and implement best practices across health systems. Our panelists will be discussing actions, sharing strategies and best practices. The goal of the event is to contribute to the conversation on language access and to provide various stakeholders with tools to realize the calls to action.

Register here
Read the “Investing in Language Access” report

Hosted by: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Community Fall Fair
Wednesday, October 6 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.

We will be holding an outdoor community fall fair for the residents of Alan Rush and Southdale LMCH Housing Complexes. The fair is free to attend, and all activities are free for residents! Come and get some free food and hot apple cider, arts and crafts and games for the kids, an "ask a nurse" information booth, and free apples! The London Food Coalition will also be onsite. Bring your own containers to take home free veggie chili.

Location: Southdale Housing Complex Basketball Courts, London, Ontario
Hosted by: Health Zone NPLC

Canadian Index of Wellbeing Community Presentation
Wednesday, October 6 | 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Join us on October 6 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. via Zoom for this important presentation. We will be sharing the results of the most recent Canadian Index of Wellbeing Community survey.

Let's work together to collectively impact the health and wellbeing of the residents of Dutton Dunwich and West Elgin.

Please email dianea@wechc.on.ca or call 519-768-1715 ext. 2224 to register and receive meeting details.

Hosted by: West Elgin Community Health Centre

Low and Slow Meals Made Simple -Taste tasting event
Wednesday, October 6 | 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Join us for this Free taste testing event where we share recipes and information on how to prepare low cost, healthy meals utilizing a slow cooker. Draws for free slow cookers and grocery cards. Everyone is welcome to attend this eventr to help celebrate Community Health and Wellbeing week! Covid safety protocols will be in place. Call Susan Bird or Miranda Burgess at 519-262-3140 for details.

Location: Hensall Health Centre Site, 122 King Street, Hensall, ON
Hosted by: Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre

Virtual Cooking Class
Wednesday, October 6 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres will be hosting a free virtual cooking class to celebrate Community Health and Wellbeing Week.

Non-perishable ingredients will be delivered to your door.

To register, email registration@ckchc.ca or call 519-397-5455 ext 212

Hosted by: Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres

Black Health Strategy - What is it? Why is it important? How will it impact me?
Thursday, October 7 | 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Community Health and Wellbeing Week 2021 (October 4th - 10th) is almost here. Yay! It is an annual communications campaign coordinated by the Alliance for Healthier Communities This valuable and insightful week encourages alliance members to share a range of special events or communications that bring attention to the issues that are important to the communities that they serve. This year TAIBU Community Health Centre will be hosting a Lunch and Learn Webinar on October 7th from 1pm to 2pm. The topic for discussion and collective reflection is a Black Health Strategy - What is it? Why is it important? How will it impact me? Join us for the discussion and don’t forget to bring your lunch.

Hosted by: TAIBU Community Health Centre

Confronting Housing Discrimination against LGBTQ+ Newcomers
Friday, October 8 | 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Following the release of our report “Beyond Positive Intentions: Seeking Equity & Wellbeing for LGBTQ+ Newcomer Women and other Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Newcomers”, we have brought together a panel of experts to talk about the unique and layered discrimination facing LGBTQ+ newcomers in accessing private housing and shelters in Toronto. We’ll hear from panelists working with this population across various sectors, including settlement, shelters, and housing to take a critical look at the system- and service-level barriers facing LGBTQ+ newcomers. The goal is to bring awareness to this issue, and explore a way forward in terms of improving access to housing for LGBTQ+ newcomers, through highlighting current initiatives and discussing strategies.

Register here
Read the “Beyond Positive Intentions” report

Hosted by: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Online Gratitude and Thankfulness Event
Friday, October 8 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Join us online for a virtual gratitude and thankfulness event. Learn different gratitude techniques to help improve your well-being and mindset. The link for this event is: https://bit.ly/3oboTeN It can be copied and pasted into your web browser of choice.

Hosted by: Health Zone NPLC

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