A Story of Community at Langs

Billie-Jo O'BrienCHC Perspectives0 Comments

“I get kind of emotional when I talk about Langs. I think community is important to the whole thing.” Douglas doesn’t know exactly when he became a diabetic. He was diagnosed during a pre-op blood test for a hernia operation. What followed was ten years of uncontrolled disease management which left him with unending thirst, sleepless nights, and pain in his lower extremities which made movement difficult. His doctor put him on anti-depressants. Last January he … Read More

Reducing Hospital Utilization Among Patients with Complex Needs Through Care Coordination

Meghan O'LearyIntegrated primary care, health promotion, and community health, Interprofessional primary care0 Comments

Kingston Community Health  Centres (KCHCs) plays a coordinating role for the Salmon River Health Link (SRHL), one of Ontario’s Health Links, which were established as a key commitment in the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. Key goals of Health Links are to: improve the delivery and coordination of care; enhance the experience of care; and improve the quality of care at lower cost for patients with complex health and … Read More

Honouring Indigenous Community Leadership

Scott WolfeCHC Perspectives0 Comments

Last week, CACHC’s co-chair Nicole Chammartin reflected on what it meant for her, as Executive Director of two Manitoba-based CHCs, to be able to spend time with CHC colleagues from across Canada during the Association of Ontario Health Centres’ (AOHC) annual conference, in Toronto. Her reflections were inspired by the presentation of an AOHC award to three Ontario CHCs that will soon offer the first supervised injection services in Ontario, and how the values, commitments … Read More

Together we are mighty

Nicole ChammartinCHC Perspectives1 Comment

This is a picture of Lynne Raskin, CEO of South Riverdale Community Health Centre in Toronto, receiving an award on behalf of three community health centres (Parkdale Queen West CHC, Sandy Hill CHC, South Riverdale CHC) whose collective advocacy has led to what will be the establishment of the first Supervised Injection Services (SIS) for drug users in Ontario. I am in the room with several hundred other people fully mesmerized by Lynne’s words, not … Read More

A Story of Caring at Langs

Billie-Jo O'BrienCHC Perspectives0 Comments

“It was way, way beyond anything I had ever experienced, to take that much care and concern. You feel pretty secure…” Joan is a 72 year old widow who lives alone in a non-profit senior’s complex with pain as her constant companion. But you’d never know it from her voice.  She’s quick to laugh and happy to talk. One of the things she loves to talk about, besides her writing and her crafts is “Langs … Read More

A Call to Action for a Dental Disease-Free Region of Peel

Edesiri UdohAction on health equity and social justice, Community-centredness0 Comments

Photo credit: Conor Lawless – VisualHunt.com Waking up to a severe toothache, Alisha ran to the washroom and hurriedly opened the medicine cabinet. She grabbed the bottle of Ibuprofen and took 400mg, silently hoping the pain would subside soon. Leaning back against the door, she muttered to herself, “How long will this go on? I can’t live on pain meds forever. I have to see a dentist soon”. Alisha remembered her last visit to a … Read More

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Bernie's Story

Bavie SaraCHC Perspectives0 Comments

We are grateful to Bernie for allowing us to share his story Bernie is a 67 year old Indigenous man in Edmonton who first came into contact with Boyle McCauley Health Centre through the CHC’s Miyowayawin Clinic. The clinic is a service provided by Boyle McCauley Health Centre (BMHC) onsite at the Edmonton Native Healing Centre. Bernie accessed the centre’s foot care program for the first time in January 2016. After having the wound on … Read More

WE Breastfeed Cafés Serve Up More Than Coffee and Breastmilk

Peggy NickelsCHC Perspectives0 Comments

As you walk through the door and into a WE (Women Everywhere) Breastfeed Café on a Wednesday afternoon, the scene that greets you is a bit different from a typical café. Strollers are parked neatly down the hall, just outside the door. Volunteers greet newcomers at the door and help them with coats, offer them something to drink, and play with children on the other side of the room. Parents cuddling babies are seated on … Read More