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Transformative Change in Action

Towards the Best Possible Health and Wellbeing for Everyone

Angela Robertson, Executive Director, Parkdale-Queen West CHC

As we conclude our Black History Month series, we want to leave you with a few links and resources on people who are leading the way forward on Black health and health equity in Black communities, and some upcoming opportunities to take action.

Text graphic reads: Black History Month 2020 - Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past

This week in our Black History Month series, our focus is on Black populations' histories in Canada, and the history of oppression and slavery, and its continued impacts on Black people and communities today.

Black woman being screened for breast cancer with mammography.

February is Black History Month, and the Alliance will be looking back, ahead and celebrating Black Canadians' resilience and survival through slavery, colonization and racism while creating strong, vibrant communities. This week, we're bringing you some stories on why collecting race-based data in health care is an essential step to moving forward with health equity for Black populations in Ontario.

Text graphic reads: Black History Month 2020 - Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past

February is Black History Month, and the Alliance will be spending time over the next four weeks looking back, ahead and celebrating Black Canadians' resilience and survival through slavery, colonization and racism while creating strong, vibrant communities. We'll celebrate Black leadership in Ontario's health system, and some of the innovations communities have built to combat inequity and systemic racism. And we'll also look ahead to what still needs to be done, and what the future could hold.

I have the right to what I need (human rights day graphic); I have the right to share the benefits of my community's arts, culture and sciences

Today is International #HumanRightsDay. At the Alliance for Healthier Communities, we want to celebrate some of the ways our members are standing up for human rights such as health care, access to public and social services, education, and community involvement.                                                           

Congratulations are in order to the staff, board, and community members and partners of Gateway Community Health Centre, on the opening of their expanded and renovated space in Tweed. 

On November 26, local leaders, partners, community members, clients as well as staff and service providers gathered to mark the milestone for the centre, which opened its doors to Tweed and the surrounding communities in 1991.

Are you looking to make a difference at home for this #GivingTuesdayCA? Searching for a local organization to donate your money, time or resources, where you know you'll be able to see the results in your own community?

On October 24, Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre (weCHC) officially launched its “weCHC on Wheels” mobile primary health care unit. It was quite a way to celebrate the CHC’s 10th anniversary!

Human beings are social creatures – we need and seek out connections throughout our lives. These connections are essential for us to not only survive, but to thrive.

When we’re navigating unknown territory or facing adversity, good connections are what can get us through. That’s why a connected health system – comprised of connected teams of health and social care providers who encourage close bonds and cooperation in their communities – is the bedrock of a healthy society.

Healthier Community Builders work in partnership and cooperation with others to create the conditions for everyone to achieve their best possible health and wellbeing. We put the spotlight on these local heroes to bring their work into wider discussions of what it means to build healthier communities. This week, the spotlight is on community gardening at North Hamilton CHC.

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