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Transformative Change in Action

Towards the Best Possible Health and Wellbeing for Everyone

Since 2016, Ontario has marked Treaties Recognition Week, inviting people of all ages across the province to learn more about the treaties that govern the lands we live on, the relationships those treaties establish, and what our responsibilities are -- to Indigenous peoples, to the lands, and to the future of our relationships.

Staff and current and former board members celebrate the groundbreaking of the new location of Hamilton Urban Core CHC, along with the Mayor of Hamilton and Sarah Hobbs, CEO, Alliance for Healthier Communities.

[Celebrating the groundbreaking at Hamilton Urban Core CHC's new location.]

It was a ground-breaking ceremony literally generations in the making.

In the months ahead, we’re aiming to get local leaders, community supporters and our partners in the community to commit to the Health Equity Pledge, to show broad, strong and unified commitment to the actions needed for equitable health for everyone living in Ontario. Below, you’ll also find templates to share your pledge, either as an organization or as an individual.

© Ontario Science Table, 2022. Image taken from Part 3 of the Brief on Primary Care

On October 3, the Ontario Science Table (OST) released its final report, a three-part brief about the importance of Primary Health Care (PHC) in the pandemic and what we can learn from it.

Happy Pride. Before all else, we wish everyone who is or will be celebrating in the days and weeks ahead a happy, safe, joyful, inspiring and mindful Pride. To all the 2SLGBTQ+ communities who are gathering, demonstrating, marching, parading and partying together, we stand and celebrate with you

While most of us have experienced some degree of social isolation over the past couple of years due to the steps taken to slow the spread of COVID-19, for many older adults, these feelings existed long before the pandemic began in March 2020.

To sustainably address social isolation, especially among marginalized populations, the Alliance for Healthier Communities and its members -- community health organizations across Ontario – are working to bridge the gap between clinical and social care through an intervention called social prescribing.

Photo of community vaccine clinic in Mississauga run by LAMP CHC

[Tailored clinics, like the one pictured above in Mississauga coordinated by LAMP CHC, are helping to raise vaccination rates among marginalized populations across Ontario, and are being led by community health organizations with strong trusted relationships with their communities and partners.]

Relentless.

In facing the Omicron variant of COVID-19, it’s possibly the best word to describe Alliance members’ efforts to support, care for, and inform their communities and increase access to life-saving vaccines.

We've advocated alongside our members, the 600,000+ people they serve across Ontario, and our health and social services partners for many years on this issue.

When someone is sick, they should not have to choose between their job, including ensuring they can earn a living, pay rent or the mortgage, and their own health or the health of their family members. This is a fundamental prerequisite for ensuring healthier communities across Ontario.

Innovative, community-based strategies addressing vaccine access, hesitancy and distrust

In partnership with four national and provincial Community Health Centre (CHC) Associations, the Alliance for Healthier Communities has formed a coordination table to improve vaccine-related communications for marginalized people in Canada. This work is funded by Community Vaccination Promotion (CVP) grants from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) Immunization Partnership Fund. The $30.25 million Immunization Partnership Fund was announced in June 2020 and is meant to support community-based initiatives to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake.

Transformative Change Awards with banner graphics of birds and Alliance logo in white

The Alliance celebrated a record number of Transformative Change Awards at our 2021 Conference Power in Community last week. Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients, and thanks to everyone who helped us to celebrate these amazing community health champions and their work.

If you missed the awards, we can offer you some videos to catch up on what happened, and here’s the full list of 2021 award recipients.

Transformative Change Awards – teams and programs

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