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Association of Ontario Health Centres
Association des centres de sante de l’Ontario

Ontario's voice for community-governed primary health care.

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The attack on the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre this past weekend left us shocked and saddened, and our thoughts and hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of this horrific hate crime.

Unfortunately, the shooting in Quebec City is not an isolated incident but rather an extreme manifestation of the growing Islamophobia and the rise in anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric both in Canada and around the world.

The Association of Ontario Health Centres supports Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Dr Eric Hoskins, in calling on the federal government to return to negotiations regarding the federal-provincial health agreement.

Our 107 members are on the front lines of healthcare delivery serving medically and socially complex people in communities across the province. We know that a long-term national health agreement is crucial to building the sustainable health system that all people in Ontario need.

"Ontario's health system must adopt a more proactive, preventative approach to address the many different social and economic factors that harm people's health and wellbeing," says Adrianna Tetley, CEO of the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC), a provincial association that represents 107 primary health care organizations across Ontario.

(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".

Over 100 people from AOHC members centres were part of the 800 health care workers across the province that signed a statement calling for changes in the laws that regulate employment.

(Toronto) - December 2, 2015- The Association of Ontario Health Centres is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Rayner, an innovative epidemiologist with extensive experience investigating interprofessional primary health care.

Dr. Rayner will develop and lead a new research program designed to build knowledge about how Ontario's primary health care system can do a better job serving vulnerable populations, a need recently highlighted by Health Quality Ontario in its report on the sector.

TORONTO, November 5, 2015 – Over700 health workers across the province have signed a statement that calls for change in the laws that regulate employment. They are asking that all full time workers have at least seven paid sick days each year - pro-rated for part time workers.

A report on quality of life in Vaughan, released today by a coalition of community stakeholders, reveals the fast-growing municipality has many strengths to build on but must also address important issues to ensure sustainable growth and optimal wellbeing.

Heavy news coverage about Caitlyn Jenner legally being declared a woman helped to raise awareness about the struggles of people who are transgendered. This is needed. But Jenner’s journey is very different from other Trans and LGBT people. Very few enjoy the privileges that come with Jenner’s fame and wealth. 

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.

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