September 24, 2020
Midland, Ontario – September 24, 2020 – From October 5 to 11, 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 Power in Community: A Healthy Recovery That Works For Everyone. The goal of this initiative is to celebrate the hard work being done to keep people connected and supported during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community Health and Wellbeing week gives Community Health Centres the opportunity to spotlight the everyday heroes – including staff, volunteers, partners and community members – who’ve stepped up to meet the new challenges brought by the coronavirus, and to help build a healthier, more connected community. During the week, Centre de santé communautaire Chigamik Community Health Centre (CSC Chigamik CHC) will be sharing community stories, resources and highlights on social media.
“Over the past six months, we’ve seen so many people and organizations step up to ensure people still have access to vital services and supports during the pandemic,” says David Jeffery, Executive Director, CSC Chigamik CHC. “Here at Chigamik, our staff and volunteers are striving every day to learn about new and increased needs in our community. We’re also working hand-in-hand with our local partners to address barriers and inequities, and to help redefine a more integrated delivery of health care in the future.”
Some of the support services that CSC Chigamik CHC has offered over the past few months include – helping to mobilize and staff the COVID-19 Assessment Centre, 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 security issues, free virtual community programs to help combat social isolation, virtual Traditional Healing sessions, virtual “walk-in” mental health counselling and more.
“As we all know, the pandemic is not over yet, and many communities continue to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis,” says Jeffery. “At the same time, the post-pandemic recovery is becoming part of the conversation. As we look into the future, we need to re-imagine what a truly healthy recovery looks like and redesign a health system that works for everyone. That will mean building on trusted relationships; investing in community and social services to build a more integrated health system rooted in health equity; and leveraging the strengths of community voices and leadership.”
Community Health and Wellbeing week runs from October 5 to 11, 2020 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