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Transformative Change in Action

Towards the Best Possible Health and Wellbeing for Everyone

Community Development Worker Andrew Sweetnam says his main job is giving people chances and opportunities to come together, to learn, and to be well.

Healthier Community Builders work in partnership and cooperation with others to create the conditions for everyone to achieve their best possible health and wellbeing. We put the spotlight on these local heroes to bring their work into wider discussions of what it means to build healthier communities. This week, the spotlight is on community gardening at North Hamilton CHC.

Being the first fully bilingual centre to go live on TELUS PS Suite is a significant achievement. Yet, even though they are a smaller centre, with fewer resources, Centre de santé communautaire de Sudbury-Est (SECSC) was more than up to the task. SECSC also had the distinction of being the first centre to migrate from Purkinje to TELUS PS Suite. We spoke with the Executive Director Michel Mayer about his centre’s implementation and experiences at going live.

Over nearly a decade working as a health promoter at Bridges Community Health Centre in the south of Niagara Region, Lori Kleinsmith has driven herself and others to find ways to impact public policy to support health and wellbeing. 

These Quest Community Builders helped prepare lunch!

Healthier Community Builders are people who work in partnership and cooperation with others to create the conditions for everyone to achieve their best possible health and wellbeing. They could be staff or volunteers at an Alliance member centre, or even a board member from the community. Or perhaps they are a partner who works more widely, but whose work intersects with health and wellbeing, such as a coach, community organizer, or local leader.

Social prescribing is a new spin on an old idea - that people are healthier when they are connected with social resources and supports in their communities.

[The Rideau Lakes community celebrates 30 years of Country Roads CHC. Anna Greenhorn, pictured at right, was one of the community members who was instrumental in getting the CHC off the ground in the 1980s.]

After Pierrette Vezina received the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship in January, we spoke to her about growing the number of active volunteers at Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health from 14 to more than 400

Last week, Jodi Pearce, a health promoter at Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from Health Promotion Canada. We spoke to Pearce about the importance of health promotion and what's made possible when the role is embedded in comprehensive primary health care

Change Day Ontario about acknowledging the work AOHC members already do, and emboldening others by sharing the plans of where you’re headed. It’s about recognizing that small steps can add up to big changes for our health system, and it’s about celebrating the difference that providers make every day, both for patients and their colleagues.