Towards the Best Possible Health and Wellbeing for Everyone

What makes a community, a community? Our shared spaces, shared values, common histories – those are often mentioned. Support for others, a respect for diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, and shared ownership of and participation in civic institutions – those are no less important. What’s common among communities? Crises will often bring us together to act collectively, knowing that we are more than the sum of our parts when we act as one. Other things – a factory or school closing, or instances of racism – might drive us further apart while also revealing fault lines in our bonds.

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.

It’s been an exciting summer for the Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Program, which celebrated the launch of its new brand in June and July, complete with a new logo designed by Lisa Boivin, a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation, interdisciplinary artist, and a MSc candidate at University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.

When an influx of Syrian refugees was announced in 2015, AOHC members across the province stepped up to help fill the gap in Primary Care and welcome newcomers with open arms (and a wide array of programs). Now, new research led by Access Alliance is helping providers learn more about what went right, and where challenges were in their response.

If you want to go upstream to make a difference to factors that could affect a child’s health and wellbeing for the rest of their lives, it doesn’t make sense to paddle alone. That’s why Guelph Community Health Centre is using a Collective Impact approach to address a complex social issue that has direct impacts on children’s and families’ health.

On Tuesday, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) announced that it will partner with Rexdale CHC and TAIBU CHC to offer more robust and timely supports for Black high school students in conflict with the education system.

The priorities of our society are written on our bodies. Our health status – as individuals and across populations and groups – tells important stories about our living conditions. 

Gloria Daybutch, Executive Director of N’Mninoeyaa Aboriginal Health Access Centre, received the Joe Leonard Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to Indigenous health.

The North Simcoe Community Health Link was honoured for its work advancing Comprehensive Primary Health Care to better the health and wellbeing of people facing barriers to health.

Three Community Health Centres shared the honours for shifting the conversation on harm reduction and Supervised Injection Services in Ontario