Towards the Best Possible Health and Wellbeing for Everyone

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.

Alliance asks Government to invest in Comprehensive Primary Health Care

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.

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.