Towards the Best Possible Health and Wellbeing for Everyone

Alliance members in the news text graphic with picture of newspapers.

Members' work continues to be noticed by local media, and as we head into this year's Community Health and Wellbeing Week (just three weeks away!), we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the stories we've seen over the last few weeks

Staff at a community mobile testing site in northwest Toronto in mid-July 2020, after months of advocacy for a more community-focused approach to COVID-19.

This week, we celebrate the work of Black Creek Community Health Centre and its staff and partners, as mobile testing officially began in the northwest of Toronto on Saturday July 18

From advocacy people facing systemic barriers and racism during COVID-19 responses, to urging the government to act quickly on housing for people experiencing homelessness, to addressing the intersection of the overdose crisis with COVID-19, Alliance members were raising their voices across Ontario for marginalized communities

Pride 2020 has, not surprisingly, been unfolding unlike any other Pride celebration in history. Events have moved to online platforms; celebrations and gatherings have gone virtual; and the roots of Pride in resistance to racism and oppression have been reinforced. We spoke to Quest CHC's Stephanie Vail, and Cliff Ledwos, chair of the Alliance's Rainbow Communities Advisory Committee, about what it means for community health & wellbeing

Text graphic that reads: Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, 2020

Indigenous Peoples Day generally involves plenty of live events, celebrations, talks and gatherings. Here, we’ve collected some events, reads, films, resources, and more to help you celebrate virtually during COVID-19

A decade in the making, the Midland Communuity Health Hub is a result of deep partnerships and a drive to collaborate better across organizations to better serve clients

Staff at Guelph CHC pose with cellphones donated by Telus to help support outreach efforts and marginalized populations.

“I couldn’t imagine what I would do if I didn’t have a connection to my supports right now,” said Chris Morton, an outreach worker with the primary care outreach team at Kitchener Downtown CHC. It’s a sentiment that most of us can relate to. Now imagine, for a moment, not having access to a phone, or the internet, during the pandemic

Left, photo of certificate presented to Glengarry NPLC by local MPP Jim McDonell, recognizing contributions and service to the community; right, MPP Christine Hogarth delivers food to LAMP CHC for a drop-in program.

Here you’ll find a collection of Alliance members’ vital responses to the COVID19 pandemic to support the people and communities they serve

We're advocating for marginalized and at risk populations and communities during Ontario's COVID-19 response, and so can you.

Please share/use these graphics and messages widely right now, and make sure Canada's leaders -- at the federal, provincial and municipal levels -- know what the values of your communiity are, and that means no one is left behind in a crisis. Don't forget to tag your mayor, or other local leader, to make your community's concerns are being heard.

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.