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Transformative Change in Action

Towards the Best Possible Health and Wellbeing for Everyone

Cancer screening rates in Ontario aren’t as high as they should be, and nowhere near provincial benchmarks. But Ontario’s Community Health Centres are seizing opportunities to increase screening rates with a robust health equity approach.

Across Ontario’s political spectrum, support is growing for a Basic Income Guarantee. The idea isn’t a new one, and the reasons for the growing support are many.

In The Book of Negroes, The Illegal as well as many other works, Hill has written extensively about social inequality- in particular racism. In advance of his conference keynote, Lawrence Hill joined us for a brief conversation to set the stage.

Across the province, CHCs are leading a ground-breaking initiative called “TeamCare”. It connects 370 primary care physicians and more than 4,500 of the people they serve, with 17 CHCs who have decades’ worth of in-depth of experience serving people with complex needs.

The Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT) -- developed by Community Health Centres and the Association of Ontario Health Centres to help inform quality improvement while measuring impacts of programs and services on people AOHC members serve -- has been internationally recognized by Healthcare Informatics, a leading publication in the Health IT sector based in the United States.

In the months to come, we'll be bringing you stories that show the impacts health promotion and health equity programs have when they’re embedded in Comprehensive Primary Health Care.

Kofi Frempong is a Community Health Worker at Black Creek Community Health Centre (CHC) in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood. Frempong creates programs, like Freedom Fridayz and Dads Doing Hair, that aim to break down barriers for people who face anti-Black racism.

Happy New Year, Minister Hoskins! We hope it will be a healthy one, too. In fact, let’s resolve to make it the healthiest year yet for everyone living in Ontario. To help focus your efforts, we have taken the liberty of preparing nine New Year’s resolutions for you to take action on during 2017.

A few weeks ahead of Christmas in 2010, a group of women gathered for the first time, to share tea, knitting and sewing tips, and a bit of conversation. Six years later, the group is still going strong, welcoming women from the community to a safe space for creating beautiful things and making lasting friendships.

In the first week of December, the Patients First Act became law in Ontario. In the Act, “the promotion of health equity and development and implementation of health promotion strategies” is added to the mandate of Ontario’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks. To better imagine what this mandate could look like in action in primary health care, we’re bringing you stories about health promotion programs and health equity initiatives from AOHC member centres across the province.

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