October 10, 2019
Midland, Ontario – October 10, 2019 – From October 21 to 27, Community Health Centres across the province are preparing for a week of special events to help celebrate Community Health and Wellbeing week. The goal of this initiative is to help raise awareness about the local programs, services and engagement initiatives that build stronger, more resilient and healthier communities across Ontario. This year’s theme is Connected Teams, Connected People, Connected Communities.
Over the past eight months, Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre (CSC CHIGAMIK CHC) has been working with the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI), the Town of Midland and other community partners to better understand and improve local community wellbeing, all part of an Ontario-wide community demonstration project. On Thursday October 24, 2019, CSC CHIGAMIK CHC will be presenting at the ROI’s “Measuring Rural Community Vitality” event in Cobourg, Ontario. CSC CHIGAMIK CHC will share insights and lessons learned on the “power of belonging” and how addressing social isolation plays a key role in community health and wellbeing. CSC CHIGAMIK CHC will also celebrate Community Health and Wellbeing week by sharing stories, resources and community programs on social media.
“We know that unique barriers exist in Midland that may limit peoples’ potential for total health and wellbeing,” says David Jeffery, Executive Director, CSC CHIGAMIK CHC. “That’s why here at CHIGAMIK, we start by connecting with the people in our community – to learn about their needs, their ideas, experiences, and to get their feedback – and then connect with local partners to build a local approach to a healthier community.”
Community Health and Wellbeing week gives Community Health Centres the opportunity to spotlight the everyday heroes – including staff, volunteers and community members – who strive to build a healthier, more connected community.
“The week also highlights the local partnerships we have built, such as with the North Simcoe Community Health Links, Georgian Bay General Hospital, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, Tay Township, and the Township of Tiny – all who enable us to help more people in seamless and integrated ways,” said Jeffery.
Community Health and Wellbeing week runs from October 21 to 27, 2019 across Ontario. For more information, please visit www.allianceon.org. For more information about the ROI’s Measuring Rural Community Vitality event, please visit www.ruralontarioinstitute.ca/events.
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. Each of the more than 100 members of the Alliance is governed by its local community members, which equips them to orient services and programs to community needs and focus on populations facing barriers to their best possible health and wellbeing.
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 sensitive care. It encourages persons who identify as First Nations, Francophone, Inuit, Métis or Aboriginal and live in North Simcoe Muskoka to register. For more information please visit www.chigamik.ca.
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