What are Aboriginal Health Access Centres
Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs) are Aboriginal community-led, primary health care organizations. They provide a combination of traditional healing, primary care, cultural programs, health promotion programs, community development initiatives, and social support services to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. There are currently ten AHACs in Ontario, providing services both on and off-reserve, in urban, rural and northern locations.
First announced in 1995, AHACs were closely modelled after Ontario’s Community Health Centres (CHCs), whose wide basket of services and supports had become the preferred mechanism to improve the health and well-being of communities in Ontario facing various barriers in accessing health care. In fact, two CHCs had already been established, one in Toronto and another in Timmins, with a mandate to apply this CHC model as the framework for services to local Aboriginal community members.
Ontario’s experience with CHCs, including these two Aboriginal CHCs — Anishnawbe Health Toronto CHC and Misiway Milopemahtesewin CHC in Timmins — provided strong evidence that such organizations could play a powerful role in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal communities throughout Ontario. Currently, there are three Aboriginal CHCs in Ontario: Anishnawbe Health Toronto, Misiway Milopemahtesewin in Timmins and Chigamik in Midland.
That’s why, in 1994, when the province implemented its Aboriginal Health Policy – developed in the largest ever consultation with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities - through the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy, Aboriginal community-led primary health care was identified as a key pillar of the vision for the future. Beginning the following year, AHACs started to open their doors. By 2000, all ten were operational. And so were born Ontario’s Aboriginal Health Access Centres. Since then, AHACs have made a powerful contribution to health and wellbeing in Ontario, helping to bring tens of thousands of Aboriginal community members into the circle of care and support.
From clinical care to integrated chronic disease prevention and management, family-focused maternal/child health care, addictions counselling, traditional healing, mental health care, youth empowerment and other programs, AHACs continue to serve as a key entry point to overall family and community health and development.
Anishnawbe Mushkiki1260 Golf Links Road – 3rd FloorThunder Bay, ON P7B 0A1Tel: 807-623-0383Fax: 807-623-0135Website: www.mushkiki.com
De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre 678 Main Street EastHamilton, ON L8M 1K2Tel: 905-544-4320Fax: 905-544-4247Website: www.aboriginalhealthcentre.com Brantford Site 36 King Street Brantford, ON N3T 3C5 Tel: 519-752-4340 Fax: 519-752-6096
Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre1460 Idylwild Drive P.O. Box 686RMB2004 RR #2Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M9Tel: 807-274-3131Fax: 807-274-6280Website: www.gizhac.com
Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Health Care Team64 Cedar Point Dr. Unit 1405Barrie, ON L4N 5R7Tel: 705-734-1818
Mohawk Council of AkwesasneP.O. Box 579Cornwall ON K6H 5T3Tel: 613-575-2341Fax: 613-575-133Website: www.akwesasne.ca N’Mninoeyaa Health Access CentreP.O. Box 28, 473B Hwy #17WCutler, ON P0P 1B0Tel: 705-844-2021Fax: 705-844-2844Website: www.mamaweswen.ca
Noojmowin Teg Health CentreHwy 540, Postal Bag 200248 Hillside RoadAundeck Omni KaningLittle Current, ON P0P 1K0Tel: 705-368-2182Fax: 705-368-2229 Website: www.noojmowin-teg.ca Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre161 Applegrove StreetSudbury, ON P3C 1N2Tel: 705-675-1596Fax: 705-675-8040 Website: www.skhc.ca
Sweetgrass Health Centre207 6th StreetCochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre - London Site425-427 William StreetLondon, ON N6B 3E1Tel: 519-672-4079Fax: 519-672-6945 Website: www.soahac.on.ca Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre - Chippewas of the Thames Site 77 Anishinaabeg Drive Muncey, ON N0L 1Y0 Tel: 519-289-0352
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre - Owen Sound Site #3-733 9th Avenue East Owen Sound, ON N4K 3E6 Tel: 519-376-5508
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre - Windsor Site2-1405 Tecumseh Rd W.Windsor, ON N9B 1T7Tel: 519-916-1755
Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group 121 Scott StreetP0J 1P0 New Liskeard, OntarioTel: 705-567-6177
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health299 Montreal RoadOttawa, ON K1L 6B8 Tel: 613-748-5999Fax: 613-748-9364 Website: www.wabano.com