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Guys Can Cook participants roll pizza dough with a chef student from George Brown College, at the Four Villages CHC in 2015.

Give a kid a nutrition lesson in a classroom, and he might forget it later that day. Teach a kid to cook nutritious meals he likes to eat and share with friends, and those lessons might just last a lifetime. Involve a kid in how those lessons are taught? That helps to create a lifelong sense of purpose and wellbeing. And that’s the principle that drives health promotion in the seven Toronto Community Health Centres that run a program called Guys Can Cook! (GCC).

To put people and communities first, AOHC members actively engage the people they serve, every step of the way planning, developing and evaluating health and wellbeing services and programs. In order to ensure a people- and community-centred approach, AOHC members are also governed by community representatives, which makes them distinct from other parts of Ontario’s primary care system.

Community Health and Wellbeing Week

Welcome to this first blog posting from the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC). We begin by asking: why is public debate about Ontario’s health system so focused on doctors and how much they are paid delivering services to patients. If you agree with us that we need to change shift the conversation, will you participate in a province-wide online communication initiative?

AOHC has joined a number of organizations across Ontario endorsing the call for OHIP for All

Many people living in Ontario have difficulty accessing health care when they are sick because they don’t have OHIP. We believe that every person has a human right to health care. The time is now for a comprehensive policy solution that will provide OHIP for All.

Therefore, AOHC has joined a group of concerned healthcare providers, community organizations and community members calling for a clear and comprehensive policy change by the Ontario Government:

Ontario Health Centres Vote to Unanimously Support the Development of Supervised Injection Services in the Province

RICHMOND HILL, ON, June 8, 2016 – Members of the Association of Ontario Health Centres voted unanimously at the AOHC Annual General Meeting on June 7 to adopt a resolution in support of Supervised Injection Services (SIS), which calls on all levels of government to aid efforts to expand harm reduction services in the face of a growing overdose epidemic in communities across the province.

Ontario’s Investment in Indigenous Health Includes Significant Expansion of Indigenous-Centred Primary Health Care

THUNDER BAY, ON, May 25, 2016 – Today, at Anishnawbe Mushkiki Aboriginal Health Access Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins, alongside his colleagues David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, and Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, made a ground-breaking announcement of the largest investment in Indigenous health care in Ontario’s history.

(TORONTO – February 22, 2016) The Association of Ontario Health Centres welcomes the apology Premier Kathleen Wynne delivered today to “all Franco-Ontarians, their communities and all those who suffered from Regulation 17.” In her speech, Premier acknowledged the obstacles that Francophones in Ontario have been facing in the past century and called this policy "a failure".

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