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The Alliance for Healthier Communities is the voice of community-governed primary health care in Ontario. Our vision is the best possible health and wellbeing for everyone. Members of the Alliance for Healthier Communities provide team-based health and social services, under one roof and close to home, for Ontario’s most vulnerable residents. Our 106 members include Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres, Community Family Health Teams and Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics who together serve approximately 5 per cent of the Ontario population.

April 1, 2019

Hon. Christine Elliott
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
10th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor St
Toronto, ON M7A 1E9

Re: Decision on Consumption Treatment Services

Dear Minister Elliott,

The Alliance for Healthier Communities welcomes the first report of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine.

A coalition of over 100 Community Health Centres, Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics, Aboriginal Health Access Centres and Community-Governed Family Health Teams, we are Ontario’s voice for health equity through comprehensive, community-governed primary health care.

October 22, 2018                                          

Re: Supervised Injection/Overdose Prevention Announcement

Dear Minister Elliott,

We welcome the Ontario government’s decision today to continue to fund and support supervised consumption and overdose prevention services for people who use drugs. We are further encouraged that you have committed to ensuring that existing services will continue without interruption while a new model is introduced, and that the three sites placed on pause in August will be able to open.

The Alliance for Healthier Communities congratulates the Ontario PC Party on their election win and looks forward to working with them to implement their healthcare platform.

TORONTO, June 4, 2018 – Ontario’s voice for community-governed comprehensive primary health care has a new name, and it’s official as of today: Alliance for Healthier Communities.

On December 6, 2017, the Auditor General released her audit of Community Health Centres (CHCs) in Ontario. The report also contains several mentions of other models of team-based primary health care including Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs), Family Health Teams (FHTs) and Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs).

There is much to support in this report, and there are also areas for improvement. The Auditor General demonstrates a thorough understanding of our Model of Health and Wellbeing (p. 184) and states that:

On May 30th Premier Wynne announced a number of changes to Ontario labour laws which aim to better protect part time and contract workers. These changes will be part of new draft legislation,The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which will be introduced in the Fall. The legislation responds to the recommendations of the Changing Workplaces Review report which held consultations with stakeholders over the past two years.

Toronto, ON – The Decent Work and Health Network, an advocacy group of health providers in Ontario, is disappointed that the final report of the Changing Workplaces Review, released on Tuesday (May 23), has not recommended paid sick day legislation that would improve the health of Ontario workers and families.

Today, the Ontario government announced new investments in interprofessional primary care. In the 2017 Ontario Budget, the Wynne government committed $145 million in addition to the $85 million announced last year.