In our ongoing commitment to fostering a healthier and more equitable Ontario, we are thrilled to share the comprehensive details of our pre-budget submissions for the year 2024. Collaborating with partners like the Associations Representing Inter-Professional Primary Health Care and Community Health Ontario (CHO), we aim to address critical issues and advocate for sustainable funding to support and enhance Primary Health care services across the province.
Towards the Best Possible Health and Wellbeing for Everyone
It’s with great sadness and condolences to family, friends and former colleagues that we share the news of the passing of Mary MacNutt earlier this month.
Mary helped lead the Association of Ontario Health Centres - AOHC (now the Alliance for Healthier Communities) as our Director of Communications, from 2009 to 2017 when she retired after a long career in social justice, advocacy and journalism that spanned several decades.
Community members are invited to join a day of ‘Social Prescribing for Human Connection’ events across Ontario to support community engagement and combat the issue of social isolation.
Culturally Focused Social Prescribing for Older Adults
Loneliness and social isolation have emerged as serious challenges, disproportionately affecting older adults. In an era marked by a growing need for innovative solutions, the concept of Social Prescribing has taken center stage, offering a dynamic approach to enhancing the health and wellbeing of seniors. Beyond this, an even more powerful tool: culturally focused social prescribing poised to transform our communities.
August 1 marks Emancipation Day across Canada. While Emancipation Day marks the abolition of slavery among British Colonies in 1834, it has been celebrated by Black communities in many ways for a very long time, and since 2021 it has been officially recognized by government. It’s an opportunity to pause and celebrate the strength, resilience and work of Black communities to survive through slavery while Canada was a territory of the colonial British Empire.
By Sarah Hobbs, CEO, Alliance for Healthier Communities
Alliance for Healthier Communities’ CEO Sarah Hobbs presented our Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on February 15. Alliance previously submitted our 2023 Pre-Budget Submission, Investing in Comprehensive Primary Health Care: the foundation of an integrated health system (version française ici).
This year marked big milestone year for the Alliance for Healthier Communities overall, celebrating 40 years of community health advocacy and support for community health organizations and teams across Ontario. Thanks to everyone who helped to shine a light on four decades of collective history and accomplishments for community health.
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.