CHCs Work!

Action and innovation at
Canada’s Community Health Centres

CHCs Work! is an evidence-informed publication series showing diverse ways that Community Health Centres across Canada are improving health and healthcare for individuals, families and communities. Published articles draw from research and organizational data, and are aligned with the Community Health Centre model/definition:

“Community Health Centres are multi-sector health and healthcare organizations that deliver integrated, people-centred services and programs that reflect the needs and priorities of the diverse communities they serve. Specifically, a CHC is any not-for-profit corporation, co-operative, or government agency which adheres to these 5 domains:

  1. Provides interprofessional primary care
  2. Integrates services/programs in primary care, health promotion, and community wellbeing
  3. Is community-centred
  4. Actively addresses the social determinants of health
  5. Demonstrates commitment to health equity and social justice”

March 2017: Inaugural article

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

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

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 ...
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CHCs Work! Editorial Team


Loretta Dobbelsteyn
Senior Director of Operations
The Alex Community Health Centre
Calgary, AB

Tracy Mercier
Program Evaluation and Research Coordinator
Boyle McCauley Health Centre
Edmonton, AB

Dr. Laura Muldoon
Family Physician and Research Scientist
Somerset West Community Health Centre
Ottawa. ON

Michael Payne
Executive Director
Nine Circles Community Health Centre
Winnipeg, MB

Jennifer Rayner
Research and Evaluation Lead
Association of Ontario Health Centres
Toronto, ON


Yogendra Shakya
Senior Research Scientist
Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
Toronto, ON

Scott Wolfe
Executive Director
Canadian Association of Community Health Centres
Toronto, ON