‘Everyone Matters’ theme of community health week

WindsoSstar.com – health
April 23, 2011.   By Natalie Taylor, For The Windsor Star

“Community Health Week will focus on the need to address Ontario’s great health divide and create better health for all,” states the Association Ontario Health Centres. Ontario’s 73 Community Health Centres, 10 Aboriginal Health Access Centres and 18 community-governed Family Health Teams will celebrate Community Health Week next week. Dozens of events are being organized under the theme Everyone Matters. The provincial organization asks you to consider the following: Ontarians who live in northern regions lose more years to premature death than the national average. Many populations face geographic, linguistic, cultural and socioeconomic barriers to accessing care. The most important factor contributing to Ontario’s health divide is poverty.

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Between April 25th and April 29th Ontario’s 73 Community Health Centres (CHCs), ten Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs) and 18 Community-governed Family Health Teams (CFHTs) will be celebrating Community Health Week. Throughout the province, dozens of events are being organized using the theme “Every One Matters”. Each will focus on the fact that although the health of Ontarians is generally improving, these improvements are not shared by everyone.

“During Community Health Week, we’re spotlighting the need to solve an increasingly urgent problem,” says Adrianna Tetley, Executive Director of the Association of Ontario Health Centres which represents the more than 100 primary health care organizations across Ontario who will be taking part in Community Health Week. “That problem is Ontario’s great health divide.”

Ontario’s great health divide means many people living in Ontario are much less healthy than others. This is because many populations face geographic, linguistic, cultural or socio-economic barriers to accessing care. The divide is also caused by the fact that far too many Ontarians live circumstances which leave them vulnerable to illness.

To find out more:

– download the Community Health Week Fact Sheet (PDF)   (version française)

– download our reportOntario’s Community Health Centres: Addressing Ontario’s great health divide” (PDF)   (version française)

– “attend” Community Health Week on AOHC’s Facebook page

– follow hashtag #CHW2011 on Twitter

– read our news releases

– follow our interns as they participate in events throughout the week (blog coming soon)

- find out which communities are officially proclaiming Community Health Week or Day this April

Don’t forget to see what events are happening at a centre near you!

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