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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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On December 6, 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.

Building on the positive momentum of successfully advocating for the inclusion of new objects for health equity and health promotion, AOHC has submitted a response to the New Standards for Public Health.

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.

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