Community Health Ontario (CHO) is the voice of the LHIN-funded community sector, a strategic partnership between Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO), the Alliance for Healthier Communities, the Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario Division (CMHA ON) and the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA). Together, CHO represents the majority of the non-profit home care, community support, mental health, addictions and community governed primary health care organizations in Ontario.
CHO knows the sustainability of Ontario's health system depends on the ability to keep people healthy, avoiding the need for more costly care. We envision healthy communities served by a vibrant network of community-governed, community-based, people-centred health services that are seamlessly coordinated with the full spectrum of care, including services that address the determinants of health. We envision a provincial health system that addresses the determinants of health as key to a healthy society, makes individuals and groups who are marginalized, isolated and at high risk of poor health outcomes a priority, and makes every door the right door to enter the health care system.
CHO agrees with the World Health Organization that health is the ability to live to one's fullest potential. Health care treats and supports the whole person. It empowers people to make decisions and supports a healthy community. It removes systemic barriers to full and equal participation of people and their families or loved ones in maintaining or recovering their health.
The people our members serve face diverse and intersecting barriers such as age, chronic disease, disability, race, racialization, language, culture, geography, sexual and gender identities, mental health conditions, addictions, homelessness, food insecurity, poverty, among others. Our members' services aim to overcome these barriers through front-line, community-centred, consumer-driven and people-centred service delivery that is continuously improving. Our members are focused not only on treatment and support, but also on health promotion and prevention, including the determinants of health, in order to maintain people's health so they can live to their full capacity in our communities.