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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.

"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

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:

Ontario Election 2018

On June 7, 2018, people in Ontario will go to the polls to elect the new provincial government. As the voice of community-governed primary health care, AOHC is asking each party to support our vision of the best possible health and wellbeing for everyone in Ontario with three main recommendations.

Health Equity Action and Transformation Conference

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 08:00
Event Description: 

The Health Equity Action and Transformation conference, hosted by the Association of Ontario Health Centres, will take place in the Toronto area on June 13-14, 2018. This annual event is a great opportunity to share knowledge and tools, build new relationships, tap into new networks and open dialogue with a wide range of primary health care staff and board members, health system leaders, community partners, researchers, planners and policy makers.

Dates: June 13 & 14, 2018

Location: Sheraton Parkway Toronto North, 9005 Leslie St, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 1B2

Annual General Meeting

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 18:00
Event Description: 

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Sheraton Parkway Toronto North, 9005 Leslie St, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 1B2

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. 

What makes a community, a community? Our shared spaces, shared values, common histories – those are often mentioned. Support for others, a respect for diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, and shared ownership of and participation in civic institutions – those are no less important. What’s common among communities? Crises will often bring us together to act collectively, knowing that we are more than the sum of our parts when we act as one. Other things – a factory or school closing, or instances of racism – might drive us further apart while also revealing fault lines in our bonds.

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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