Towards the Best Possible Health and Wellbeing for Everyone

These Quest Community Builders helped prepare lunch!

Healthier Community Builders are people who work in partnership and cooperation with others to create the conditions for everyone to achieve their best possible health and wellbeing. They could be staff or volunteers at an Alliance member centre, or even a board member from the community. Or perhaps they are a partner who works more widely, but whose work intersects with health and wellbeing, such as a coach, community organizer, or local leader. 

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.

On May 9, Country Roads Community Health Centre celebrated 30 years of exceptional primary health care in rural Southeastern Ontario. The occasion was marked with live music (with Executive Director Marty Crapper throwing down some mean bass alongside local musician Melanie Weber), a shared meal, and some poignant reflections by community members and leaders. People shared stories of helping to steward the CHC from humble roots – half a day a week in a single room – into the hub of community-governed comprehensive primary health care that it is today.

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.