October 1, 2021
Midland, Ontario – September 30, 2021 – From October 4 to 10, Community Health Centres across the province are preparing for a week of special events to help celebrate Community Health and Wellbeing week. The theme of this year’s week is Building Equitable Futures. The goal of this initiative is to pause and recognize each other’s work in the community and the ongoing work and support of other community-based organizations, grassroots teams, local leaders and community health champions across the province.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen members of our community and organizations step up to ensure people still have access to vital services and supports during the pandemic. Here at Chigamik, we’ve continued to provide support to meet the increased and evolving needs of our communities, especially those people marginalized during COVID-19,” says Jessica North, Interim Executive Director, CSC Chigamik CHC. “Through the vision of our staff, board and volunteers, Chigamik is also looking to the future after the pandemic, to ensure our community has the best possible supports to build a more equitable, sustainable and resilient Ontario for everyone in the years ahead.”
Some of the support services that CSC Chigamik CHC has provided over the past year include – helping to mobilize and staff the COVID-19 Assessment Centre, supporting community vaccination efforts and clinics, social check-in calls to clients who are at high risk of becoming isolated, an Emergency Food Program to help support those dealing with food insecurity, virtual community programs to help combat social isolation, virtual Traditional Healing sessions and “walk-in” mental health counselling and more.
“This is also a week where we reach out to our political leaders for their support,” says North. “We need leaders’ support to build on trusted partnerships in the community, invest in local innovations and leverage the strengths of community voices and leadership.”
During Community Health and Wellbeing Week, CSC Chigamik CHC will be launching their “Get a Pulse” campaign to the community – an initiative to help build a more equitable and sustainable future. The campaign will provide members of the community with the opportunity to learn about the environmental, financial and health benefits of pulses, while also having the opportunity to register for a “Pulses Kit” at no cost, along with educational videos and recipes. For more information about the Get a Pulse community campaign, please visit www.chigamik.ca/get-a-pulse.
Community Health and Wellbeing week runs from October 4 to 10, 2021 across Ontario. For more information, please visit www.allianceon.org. For more information about CSC Chigamik CHC, please visit www.chigamik.ca.
About Community Health and Wellbeing Week
Community Health and Wellbeing Week is coordinated by the Alliance for Healthier Communities of which Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre is a member. The Alliance represents Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres, Community Family Health Teams and Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics across Ontario.
About CSC CHIGAMIK CHC
Centre de santé communautaire Chigamik Community Health Centre is a not-for-profit health care service funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, through the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network. It offers bilingual and culturally inclusive care. It encourages persons who identify as Indigenous or Francophone and live in North Simcoe Muskoka to register. For more information, please visit www.chigamik.ca.
Louise Picot, Communications
CSC Chigamik CHC