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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.


(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.

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.