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Transformative Change in Action

Towards the Best Possible Health and Wellbeing for Everyone

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.

By building strong, trusting relationships with parents, I have been able to better connect vulnerable families to the resources that they need.

Health equity means providing equal access to health care and social programs, regardless of your socioeconomic status. I volunteer to try and provide proper nutrition and knowledge to help youth

To me, health equity means the elimination of all barriers to accessing health care services, as well as addressing the broader social determinants of health, such as access to housing, adequate income, decent work, transportation, child care, and more

What is health equity? What is the work that enables and promotes it? Why is this work so vital? During Community Health and Wellbeing Week 2017, AOHC members are demonstrating the ways that they put Health Equity at the Centre. 

What makes a community, a community? Our shared spaces, shared values, common histories – those are often mentioned. Support for others, a respect for diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, and shared ownership of and participation in civic institutions – those are no less important. What’s common among communities? Crises will often bring us together to act collectively, knowing that we are more than the sum of our parts when we act as one. Other things – a factory or school closing, or instances of racism – might drive us further apart while also revealing fault lines in our bonds.

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