2016 CACHC / MACH Joint Annual General Meetings Summit

Winnipeg, MB
September 22-23, 2016


Our joint AGM summit with the Manitoba Association of Community Health (MACH) brought together Community Health Centre leaders from across Canada for a series of important meetings, organized CHC visits, and networking activities marking the 90th anniversary of Canada’s Community Health Centre movement. All this, right in the birthplace of Canada’s CHCs: Winnipeg. Thank you to everyone who made the two-day summit a success. See important highlights below. #CHC90 is the official hashtag of the 90th anniversary of Canada’s CHCs and was the official hashtag of the 2016 AGMs summit as well.  See approved 2016 Member Resolutions

Together, we raised the visibility of CHCs…


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We brought CHCs and CHC leaders closer together…

…through organized networking

…and through organized CHC visits

We engaged policymakers and researchers on the impact of CHCs…

We celebrated the increasing role of MACH…

We took actions to strengthen CACHC and our commitment to health for all…

…We celebrated major successes from our previous year of work together in advancing CHCs and health for all.

…We approved an expanded and diversified slate of CACHC Board Members to lead the association forward.

…We adopted a new Canada-wide definition of “Community Health Centre” to better advance our shared vision and movement.

…We adopted a resolution to reduce harm and improve health through increased access to supervised injection services across Canada.

And, we took next steps toward a more integrated federal/provincial CHC movement…

Evidence from across Canada and other countries shows that provincial and federal CHC associations, in isolation from each other, are insufficient.

A strong federal voice for CHCs is needed to advocate fulfillment by the federal government of its various health and healthcare responsibilities.

These include, but are not limited to: health services for First Nations, refugees, armed forces personnel, and federal inmates; enforcing the Canada Health Act and increasing services covered through public health insurance; stewarding quality improvement of the health system through priority setting and strategic investments across provinces; upholding funding commitments to the provinces and territories; and advancing health for all by addressing social determinants of health and wellbeing, and implementing inter-sectoral policy, planning and funding (income security, housing, immigration, and other areas).

At the same time, provincial CHC associations can and must model their growth and evolution for and with each other — to amplify public awareness of CHCs; to improve provincial investment in CHCs across the country; and to share innovative practices, tools and resources.

This panel discussion at the joint MACH/CACHC AGMs brought together representatives from CACHC and several provincial CHC associations to advance strategic discussion about better coordination and collaboration among CHC associations across the country. It led to increased commitment by CHC participants to engage CHC colleagues across provinces as we build toward our next national gathering, in Calgary, in September 2017.