The Alliances’s membership includes Ontario’s 73 Community Health Centres (CHCs), 11 Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs), 10 Community Family Health Teams (CFHTs) and 15 Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs). Every one of the Alliance’s members is a not-for-profit, interprofessional, community-governed primary health care organization, committed to the Alliances’s Vision and Mission, including the commitment to Anti-Oppression and the Health Equity Charter.
Primary health care, as defined by the World Health Organization, refers to essential health care made universally accessible to individuals and families in the community by means acceptable to them, through their full participation and at a cost that the community and country can afford. The greatest difference between primary care and primary health care is that primary health care is participatory in nature and involves the individual and their community in their overall health care, including prevention and management.
A community-governed organization is one that is overseen by a Board of Directors
- Whose voting Directors are not employed by the organization; and
- That includes equitable representation* of the community(ies)** served by the organization; and
- That clearly articulates a mechanism for incorporating the voice of the community in decision-making; and
- That is accountable to their membership, as demonstrated by the organization’s bylaws.
* Where possible, Boards of Directors are encouraged to include members of the community they serve and members of equity-seeking groups as voting Directors on their Boards. Where this is not possible, Directors should have personal or professional experience with issues of importance to the community served by the organization.
** As defined by the organization.