The Community Health Centre (CHC) Model of Health and Wellbeing

CHCs offer a range of comprehensive primary health care and health promotion programs in diverse communities across Ontario. Services within CHCs are structured and designed to eliminate system-wide barriers to accessing health-care such as poverty,  geographic isolation, ethno- and cultural-centrism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, transphobia, language discrimination, ageism, ableism and other harmful forms of social exclusion including issues such as complex mental health that can lead to an increased burden or risk of ill health.

Model of Health and Wellbeing

The Values and Principles that unite us:

Highest Quality People and Community Centred Health and Wellbeing

  • Everyone participates, individually and collectively, in decisions about their health and wellbeing.
  • Individuals and communities receive health care that meets their needs, in a timely fashion and from the most appropriate providers, and experience the best possible results.
  • Health care and other service providers work in respectful, collaborative relationships with individuals, families, and communities and each other.
  • The quality of care is optimized through continuous innovation and learning to improve the experience and outcomes of those accessing care, and the efficient use of resources.

 Health Equity and Social Justice

  • Reduction in social inequality improves Health outcomes.
  • Social inequality is reduced when all people and institutions become aware of, and act on the understanding, that inequality impacts health outcomes for the already marginalized populations.
  • Equity and dignity and integrity of the person is manifest in access to nutritious food, safe and secure housing, clean water, adequate and appropriate clothing, dignified and justly-remunerated employment.
  • Health care appropriate to all ages and stages of life, and mechanisms of fulsome engagement and participation in civic, social and political processes.

 Community Vitality and Belonging

  • Safe and caring communities improve health outcomes.
  • Shared values and shared vision strengthen belonging.
  • All members of the community have opportunities to participate in decision making about their communities.
  • Public, private sectors and community organizations work together to strengthen inclusive, caring and connected communities.

Please click here to view Attributes of the Model of Care http://aohc.org/model-health-and-wellbeing