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"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.

Read AOHC’s congratulatory letters to Minister Hoskins and Premier Wynne expressing our interest in working with the government to expand access to primary health care in northern, rural and fast growing communities. We’ve also praised their commitment to develop a Community Wellness and Culture of Health Strategy, and invited them to participate in Community Health and Wellbeing events in early October.

Letter to Premier Wynne

The Alliance for Healthier Communities is disappointed in the provincial government’s last-minute decision not to allow approved Overdose Prevention Sites across Ontario to open as scheduled. The site at NorWest Community Health Centre in Thunder Bay had been scheduled to open next week (Monday August 20) and the site at Parkdale-Queen West Community Health Centre in Toronto had been scheduled to open today (Monday August 13).

Community Health and Wellbeing Week

Event Date: 
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 09:00
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Community Health and Wellbeing Week

October 22 - 28, 2018

Community Health and Wellbeing Week (CHWW) is an annual communications campaign coordinated by the Alliance for Healthier Communities. Every year during CHWW, members of the Alliance mount a wide range of communication activities and special events to bring attention to the issues that are important to them. The Week also provides an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the great work that Alliance members do to achieve the best possible health and wellbeing for everyone living in Ontario. 

This year, we will celebrate the week October 22-28, 2018. 

The Alliance for Healthier Communities congratulates the Ontario PC Party on their election win and looks forward to working with them to implement their healthcare platform.

TORONTO, June 4, 2018 – Ontario’s voice for community-governed comprehensive primary health care has a new name, and it’s official as of today: Alliance for Healthier Communities.

Advanced Privacy Professional Learning Event

Event Date: 
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 08:00
Event Description: 

Friday, September 28, 2018 – 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Sala Caboto South, 40 Playfair Ave, North York, ON, M6B 2P9

On September 28, join us for our annual Advanced Privacy Professional Learning Event. This event will provide privacy officers with valuable information about changes in the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), the effects on healthcare privacy, and best practices to ensure compliance. 

Hear from senior privacy experts, including: 

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:

To me, health equity means the elimination of all barriers to accessing health care services, as well as addressing the broader social determinants of health, such as access to housing, adequate income, decent work, transportation, child care, and more

What is health equity? What is the work that enables and promotes it? Why is this work so vital? During Community Health and Wellbeing Week 2017, AOHC members are demonstrating the ways that they put Health Equity at the Centre. 

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