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Poverty is one of the most critical determinants of health, and one of the most intractable problems facing the people living in Ontario. But in Hamilton, which has one of the worst poverty rates in the province, the problem is even worse.

When Susan Critch first learned about the Wasaga Beach Community Garden through the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre she planned to grow produce.   She did,  but she also harvested another experience. 

To create more caring connected communities that support newcomer health, in 2013 South Riverdale Community Health Centres launched a three-year program called the Sustaining Health Advantage Initiative (SHAI).

Between Oct 19th - 25th, 113 AOHC member centres across the province will celebrate Community Health Week.

In Canada, Aboriginal Traditional Healing Programs have never been captured in an Electronic Medical Record (EMR), that is, until now. Thanks to the leadership of a working group chaired by Anishnawbe Health Toronto, 73 codes that aim to capture traditional healing practices were developed and are now available through AOHC’s instance of Nightingale on Demand (NOD). 

At the April 17th oral health forum participants learned that over 6 million people in Canada don’t see a dentist because they can’t afford it.

In a previous issue of Voices, we featured Grand River Community Health Centre’s migrant worker clinics. Grand River CHC and Quest CHC were both funded by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) for two year pilot projects.

The Shift the Conversation conference will highlight these two case studies through a workshop presentation (description below).

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TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2014 – The Liberal government’s announcement that it is taking steps to put the brakes on medical tourism in Ontario is being greeted as welcome news by the coalition of health organizations that has been calling for the government to end the practice.

Shift the conversation to what matters most  

Medical tourism conjures up destinations like India and Brazil, but two Toronto hospitals want foreigners to think of Canada for surgeries and cancer treatment. Toronto's Sunnybrook and University Health Network (UHN) hospitals are accepting — and charging — foreign patients, yet refusing to disclose key details about their medical tourism programs, which has raised concerns among medicare advocates.