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Community Health and Wellbeing Week

Thank you for joining us for Community Health and Wellbeing Week 2022!

Community Health and Wellbeing Week (CHWW) is an annual communications and advocacy campaign driven by Alliance members’ activities and coordinated by the Communications and Stakeholder Relations team at 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 issues and needs that are important to their clients, communities and organizations. The Week also provides opportunities to highlight and celebrate the great work that Alliance members do to achieve equitable health and wellbeing for everyone living in Ontario.

WHEN: October 17-23, 2022

THEME: Confronting Inequity, Celebrating Community

Our theme and messages this year reflected the renewed mission statement of the Alliance’s 2022-2027 strategic plan, to “advance comprehensive primary health care and advocate for changes in Ontario’s health and social systems to address inequities.” If you have any feedback on this year's themes and activities, or any suggestions for CHWW 2023, please email communications@allianceon.org and/or Sanya.Budhiraja@allianceon.org. 

Key Messages:

Celebrating Community: Community is central to helping people attain and maintain wellbeing and health. As demonstrated during the pandemic, the environments we live, work and play in, the connections we have to each other and to community resources, and taking holistic approaches to health are integral not only to overall community health, but to the health of individuals, especially people facing inequities and systemic barriers. 

Confronting Inequity: As health care leaders, we commit to confront inequities in all their forms, across health care and other systems. We seek real and lasting change at both individual levels and also in policies, procedures, and other forms of the status quo of oppression that perpetuate and reproduce vulnerable conditions. People are not vulnerable – the conditions we allow people to live in are what can make good health and wellbeing vulnerable.

Increased funding for community health care: Strong community supports require funding, sustainable financial supports and money to expand successful programs and innovative interventions alike. The community health sector provides important value for public money spent, as evidenced in a report from 2017 that stated the sector: “serves vulnerable populations and can contribute to reducing the strain on the health-care system and other provincial government programs” [link to report]. Increased funding is also essential to ensuring that community health can attract and retain the compassionate and dedicated health professionals who serve people facing the most barriers to health and wellbeing. 

List of Programming:

-Social Prescribing Virtual Conference

-Digital Equity Day

-Health Equity Pledge: The Alliance team will be providing templates to get as many individuals and organizations to take the pledge.

-Queen’s Park Day: A day of lobbying to MPPs in government and opposition at the legislature.

-Themed days and tailored messages across these areas:

  • Confronting inequity
  • Celebrating community
  • Primary Health Care as the foundation of our health system
  • Focus on Social Determinants of Health and the need for wider/expanded advocacy across sectors

Tools and Materials:

Calendar:

Day

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Date

Oct 17 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23

Themes

Social Determinants of Health - Food Safety 

Digital Equity Day - Feature Presentation

Climate Change Social Prescribing Conference

Digital Equity: Partner and Community Voices

Digital Equity in a Post-pandemic World

   

EVENTS

Digital Equity Day - Feature presentation

Webinar | Tuesday, October 18 | 1:00 p.m.

Guelph CHC has been working diligently on building a digital equity collective impact strategy which includes many community partners. This event focused on some of the challenges and celebrated some of the wins they have experienced thus far.

Climate Change & Our Health

Webinar | Wednesday, October 19 | 1:00 p.m.

Woolwich Community Health Centre hosted a conversation with expert panelists from the Region of Waterloo as to discuss:

  • What climate change is?
  • Effects of climate change on our health and wellbeing
  • Local issues and initiatives to tackle climate change

Panelists:

  1. Brandie Bevis: Health Promotion & Research Analyst - Region of Waterloo Health and Emergency Services
  2. Susan Bryant: Coordinator of Elmira's APT Environment
Self Care Day

In-person event| Wednesday, October 19 | 11:00 a.m.

This event focused on Community Health and wellbeing. TAIBU had a guest speaker along with number of wellness stations for folks to engage in.

Undocumented. Stories.

ExhibitThursday, October 20 | 3:30 p.m.

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services hosted the opening of their Undocumented. Stories. (Exhibit). 

This exhibit represents their efforts to bring attention to the ongoing social justice cause – the fight for regularization and full and equal rights for all non-status residents in Canada (#StatusForAll). This event was hosted in collaboration with the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Worker’s Action Centre, and Decent Work & Health Network, and is part of the Alliance for Healthier Communities’ Community Health and Wellbeing Week events, with the theme of ‘Confronting Inequity’.

Since early September, their volunteers have been gathering anonymous stories from our undocumented clients across all three sites of Access Alliance. The event was held on Thursday, October 20 at AccessPoint on Danforth.

The stories speak of incredible struggle and loss, fear and exploitation, humiliation and intimidation. These are people’s daily realities of living without permanent immigration status. The federal government cannot ignore these voices! Everyone deserves equal access to universal healthcare, social services, job and education opportunities, and equal rights and responsibilities to allow all residents of Canada to be able to contribute to the communities where they live.

Digital Equity Week - Digital Equity in a Post-pandemic World

Webinar | Friday, October 21 | 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Emma Stone from the Good Things Foundation in the UK, spoke about their experience with digital equity in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Equity Week – Partner and Community Voices

Webinar | Friday, October 21 | 1:00 p.m.

Guelph CHC has been working diligently on building a digital equity collective impact strategy which includes many community partners. This webinar focused on the stories from their community partners and on one member of the Guelph community whose life has been impacted by digital inequity.

Centre francophone du Grand Toronto

Events

- Lundi 17 octobre : GROSSESSE ET CHANGEMENTS ÉMOTIONNELS de 11hr30 à 12hr30 (programme de recrutement) 

- Mardi 18 octobre : Journée Mondiale du Cancer du sein : VIVRE AVEC LE CANCER de 13hr à 14hr 

- Mercredi 19 octobre : ÉTAPES SIMPLE VERS UNE ALIMENTATION SAINE POUR LES ENFANTS de 13hr à 14hr 

- Jeudi 20 octobre : DROITS DES CONSOMMATEURS de 17hr30 à 19hr 

- Samedi 22 octobre : LES ÉLECTIONS À CHAQUE PALIER DU GOUVERNEMENT de 10hr à 11hr30 

Did you enjoy CHWW 2022? Do you have any feedback or suggestions for CHWW 2023? 

Please reach out to communications@allianceon.org and/or Sanya.Budhiraja@allianceon.org directly!

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