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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.

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.

The latest Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) national report is a scathing indictment of our collective inability to address one of the greatest issues of our time – namely, the widening gap between the growth of the Gross Domestic Product and the wellbeing of everyday Canadians. In the span of just six years, this ‘health divide’ increased from 21 per cent in 2008 to more than 28 per cent in 2014.

Since the early 1990s, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands (WHIWH) Community Health Centre has been putting people and communities first with its focus on issues of health equity, and a clear mandate to serve the unique health and wellbeing needs of women from African, Caribbean, Latin American and South Asian communities.

Guys Can Cook participants roll pizza dough with a chef student from George Brown College, at the Four Villages CHC in 2015.

Give a kid a nutrition lesson in a classroom, and he might forget it later that day. Teach a kid to cook nutritious meals he likes to eat and share with friends, and those lessons might just last a lifetime. Involve a kid in how those lessons are taught? That helps to create a lifelong sense of purpose and wellbeing. And that’s the principle that drives health promotion in the seven Toronto Community Health Centres that run a program called Guys Can Cook! (GCC).

To put people and communities first, AOHC members actively engage the people they serve, every step of the way planning, developing and evaluating health and wellbeing services and programs. In order to ensure a people- and community-centred approach, AOHC members are also governed by community representatives, which makes them distinct from other parts of Ontario’s primary care system.

Community Health and Wellbeing Week

Welcome to this first blog posting from the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC). We begin by asking: why is public debate about Ontario’s health system so focused on doctors and how much they are paid delivering services to patients. If you agree with us that we need to change shift the conversation, will you participate in a province-wide online communication initiative?

AOHC has joined a number of organizations across Ontario endorsing the call for OHIP for All

Many people living in Ontario have difficulty accessing health care when they are sick because they don’t have OHIP. We believe that every person has a human right to health care. The time is now for a comprehensive policy solution that will provide OHIP for All.

Therefore, AOHC has joined a group of concerned healthcare providers, community organizations and community members calling for a clear and comprehensive policy change by the Ontario Government:

Ontario Health Centres Vote to Unanimously Support the Development of Supervised Injection Services in the Province

RICHMOND HILL, ON, June 8, 2016 – Members of the Association of Ontario Health Centres voted unanimously at the AOHC Annual General Meeting on June 7 to adopt a resolution in support of Supervised Injection Services (SIS), which calls on all levels of government to aid efforts to expand harm reduction services in the face of a growing overdose epidemic in communities across the province.


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