Towards the Best Possible Health and Wellbeing for Everyone

Community Health Approaches for Ontario immigrants and newcomers during COVID-19 title screen for webinar embedded in this post.

By Meghan Perrin and Christopher Hoy

This April 2021, the Alliance for Healthier Communities and CATIE hosted a webinar on community health approaches to supporting immigrants and newcomers in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our speakers explored how inequities have a pronounced impact on immigrants and newcomers during the pandemic, and what frontline workers can do to mitigate these impacts.

Here are five key takeaways shared during the webinar that service providers can implement now.

Last December, the Southwest Aboriginal Health Access Centre and Guelph CHC announced that oversight and leadership for the Waterloo Wellington Indigenous Healing and Wellness Program is transitioning from Guelph CHC to SOAHAC. Learn more about this key moment for Indigenous Health in Indigenous Hands in Ontario.

Black History Month is here. It’s an important opportunity for all of us to celebrate and acknowledge Black histories and truths, to hear and find new ways of listening to Black voices and Black leaders, and in the case of the Alliance for Healthier Communities and its comprehensive primary health care members, to highlight work to improve Black health and wellbeing, which also means how to improve Black mental health.

All for Public Health campaign led by Seaway Valley CHC

In the last several weeks, Alliance members across the province have continued and stepped up their efforts to support marginalized people facing the worst impacts of the pandemic and the effects of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Here are some of their stories of support

Late last week, like many other stakeholders in the province’s health system, we were encouraged to see the Ontario government modify its COVID-19 Response Framework to lower thresholds for putting public health restrictions in place in different regions.

Graphic with illustration of birds flying with words: Transformative Change Awards Prix du changement transformateur

Congratulations to the 2020 Transformative Change Award recipients! Watch the award videos here. 

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.