Transformative Change in Action

Towards the Best Possible Health and Wellbeing for Everyone

Graphic that reads: Ontario needs to make community a priority

On November 5, 2020, the provincial government released its annual budget, which further builds on its COVID-19 Action Plan to Protect, Support and Recover, and contains a multi-year forecast. Overall, there are $45 billion in investments, many of which were previously announced. 

Nurses from Delhi FHT who worked as part of primary care response team serving seasonal agricultural workers during COVID-19. The team has won an AFHTO Bright Lights Award for their efforts.

Earlier this month, the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario recognized and honoured the Delhi Family Health Team and their partners with its highest honour, a Bright Lights Award, for their dedication and commitment to delivering primary care on site to seasonal agricultural workers during COVID-19

For Community Health and Wellbeing Week, the Alliance partnered with Canada's National Ballet School, to bring you a webinar earlier this week: Arts on Prescription: Improving health and wellbeing through arts participation

Text graphic with picture of staff at community testing site in Toronto Jane/Finch neighbourhood, that reads: Support Communities to Slow COVID-19 Spread NOW   We need provincial leaders to:   1. Reduce contacts through easy-to-understand regional public health measures 2. Release hotspot data we know where to act quickly 3. Resource community health to lead hotspot responses

We're asking everyone to join our call to the Ontario government and public health leaders: Community models work to control outbreaks. Invest in community now to slow COVID-19.

Centretown CHC: Jennifer and Vanessa loading up supplies to bring to families living in a shelter

Throughout Community Health and Wellbeing Week 2020, we will bring your stories of #PowerInCommunity from across the province. Today, Vanessa Graham and Emily Doolan from the Centretown CHC Early Years team in Ottawa on the supports they've adapted to serve children and families during the pandemic.

On Wednesday, September 16, in a virtual awards ceremony, the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) presented the Alliance for Healthier Communities with its Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award. Alliance CEO Adrianna Tetley, who will retire next month, accepted the award via pre-recorded speech. You can watch the ceremony on this video (Alliance award presentation begins at 30:30).

Alliance members in the news text graphic with picture of newspapers.

Members' work continues to be noticed by local media, and as we head into this year's Community Health and Wellbeing Week (just three weeks away!), we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the stories we've seen over the last few weeks

Staff at a community mobile testing site in northwest Toronto in mid-July 2020, after months of advocacy for a more community-focused approach to COVID-19.

This week, we celebrate the work of Black Creek Community Health Centre and its staff and partners, as mobile testing officially began in the northwest of Toronto on Saturday July 18

From advocacy people facing systemic barriers and racism during COVID-19 responses, to urging the government to act quickly on housing for people experiencing homelessness, to addressing the intersection of the overdose crisis with COVID-19, Alliance members were raising their voices across Ontario for marginalized communities

Pride 2020 has, not surprisingly, been unfolding unlike any other Pride celebration in history. Events have moved to online platforms; celebrations and gatherings have gone virtual; and the roots of Pride in resistance to racism and oppression have been reinforced. We spoke to Quest CHC's Stephanie Vail, and Cliff Ledwos, chair of the Alliance's Rainbow Communities Advisory Committee, about what it means for community health & wellbeing