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Programming Updates for July

Here's what's on in July:

Harm Reduction Programming:

  • The Kit Group takes place on Tuesdays from 1-3PM in the Board Room. To sign up, please call 416.537.2455, ext 271, or drop by the Harm Reduction Room on the first floor. 
  • KAPOW takes place Fridays from 10-11:30AM in the Board Room. For more information, please call Victoria at 416.537.2455, ext. 361.
  • The Harm Reduction Program will be open for regular drop-in hours.

Population Health Programming:

  • Shirley Hepditch, Case Worker, has drop-in hours on Monday and Friday from 10AM-12PM and Tuesday from 2-4PM. The drop-in will be cancelled on July 21st and 24th. 
  • The ID Clinics for July and August have been cancelled. The Queen West site will be holding ID Clinics on Wednesday July 12th and Wednesday August 9th. Registration starts at 9:30AM. For more information, please call (416) 703-8482, ext. 100, or view their website.
  • housing worker from West End Housing Help is available on Monday July 10th and 24th from 1-4PM. For more information, or to book an appointment, please call 416.537.2455 or speak to the first floor receptionist.

Senior's Programming:

  • The English Conversation Club will not take place in July or August.
  • The Seniors Wellness Drop-In takes place on Tuesdays from 1-3PM. 
  • Fit for Life is a pole walking group for participants aged 55 and above. Join us for pole walking, pole strengthening, balance, and stretching. This program takes place on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30AM. Please wear comfortable clothes and proper footwear for indoor and outdoor walking. Group registration is limited to 10 participants. 
  • Seniors Cooking Together: Join us to cook, learn, and share a meal together! Eligibility: seniors 65+. This program runs on Friday July 7th and 28th from 10AM-12:30PM. Registration is required. 
  • Strong and Steady Falls Prevention: Join us for a seven week program led by Ana Maria and Jennifer, Registered Physiotherapists, and Sandra, Health Promoter. This program will take place on Wednesdays from July 5th to August 16th from 3:30 to 4:30PM. Please wear loose clothing and proper footwear. Registration is required. 
  • For more information about seniors programming or to register in any of the above programs, please call Sandra: 416.537.2455, ext. 238.

Families and Newcomers Programming:

  • Familes and Newcomers programming will resume in the fall. 

Health and Dental Programming:

  • The Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic is open from 8AM-4PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and is open from 10AM-6PM on Wednesdays. Note that some Wednesday clinics will take place at 2340 Dundas St West. For more information, please call 416.338.5652.
  • The West End Oral Health Clinic will resume in September.
  • The Infant Hearing Program takes place on Fridays from 9AM-4:30PM. For more information, please contact 416.338.8255.
  • The Naturopath Clinic takes places on Tuesdays from 12PM-6PM. To book an appointment, please request the sign-up sheet from the first floor receptionist. There is currently a waiting list of six months. For more information, please contact Sarah Bowler, ND (Supervisor) via email at parkdale@ccnm.edu.
  • Anonymous HIV testing is offered on Fridays for members of the general public. Please call 416.537.2455,ext. 222, to book an appointment.

Diabetes Programming:

  • The Living Well Lunch Club will take place on Monday July 10th at 11:30PM. Note the earlier start time!
  • Plan Well, Budget Smart, Be Healthy is a program for individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Learn how to plan menus, grocery shop, and prepare healthy meals during this five week program led by our Diabetes Nurse Educator and Diabetes Dietitian. This program will run on Thursdays from 1:30-3:30PM until August 3rd. There will not be a session on July 27th.
  • For information about diabetes programming, please call Mel at 416.537.2455, ext 236.

5Ps Programming:

  • Mom and Baby Circle takes place Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This program is for parents and caregivers of babies 0-6 months. Please call 416.537.8222, ext 3502, for more information.
  • Baby & Me takes place Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 27 Roncesvalles, Suite 503. This program is for parents and caregivers of babies 6-12 months. Please call 416.537.8222, ext 3502, for more information.
  • Prenatal Nutrition and Support takes place Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Fatherhood 101: Drop-In for Dads is a drop-in for dads-to-be and dads with children 0-3 years of age. This group will take place on Wednesday July 12th and 26th from 6-7:45pm at 27 Roncesvalles Ave, Suite 3503. Childcare, TTC tokens, and a light meal will be provided.
  • Childcare is available for registered participants with children aged 0-12 years. If you would like to register in any 5Ps programs, please call Yohama at 416.537.8222, ext. 3502 or Stacia at ext. 3505.
  • All 5Ps programs will be closed from Monday July 31st through to Friday August 11th inclusive. All programs will re-open on Monday August 14th

Women's Connection Programming:

  • The Postpartum Mood Disorders Support Group takes place on Tuesdays from 2-4PM. This group is for mothers who are experiencing symptoms of PPMD who live in the west end of Toronto. Childcare is provided. For self-referral for intake and assessment regarding postpartum mood disorders, please call Grazyna at 416.537.8222, ext. 3303.

Closure Notice:

Parkdale CHC will be closed on Saturday July 1st and Monday July 3rd for Canada Day.

 

For more information, or to view a complete list of programs and services offered, please visit our Program Calendar.


Parkdale Queen West CHC supports Toronto For All Campaign

Parkdale Queen West CHC supports the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention's (Black CAP) collaboration with the City of Toronto on the Toronto For All Campaign: Challenging Perspectives on Transphobia. Black CAP’s version of the campaign is focused on racialized trans youth and was created to provide visibility to trans youth of colour as well as help inform work to address gaps in youth service provision and create opportunities for meaningful discussions about transphobia and gender diversity/inclusion.

My body does not define my gender. #Trans youth of colour are part of Toronto. #Transphobia is not. #RedefiningGender #TorontoForAll
Understand that #trans issues are real and NOT imagined http://ow.ly/X5vl30cD7LW #RedefiningGender #TorontoForAll
You have the right to be called by your name and pronoun in all settings http://ow.ly/X5vl30cD7LW #RedefiningGender #TorontoForAll

Use language that foster inclusion and respects #trans people’s gender identity http://ow.ly/X5vl30cD7LW #RedefiningGender #TorontoForAll

The campaign runs June 19 – July 16, 2017. Visit http://www.torontoforall.ca/


Parkdale CHC Participates in Take Your MPP to Work Day

On Friday May 16th, representatitives from the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) and MPP Cheri DiNovo visited the Parkdale site of Parkdale Queen West CHC for Take Your MPP to Work Day. Anne Marie Mohler, RNAO assembly leader, and Victoria Alarcon, from their communications team, took part along with one of our Registered Nurses, Jane Rajah, and one of our Nurse Practitioners, Raymond Macaraeg.

This was an excellent opportunity to share information with our MPP, Cheri DiNovo, and for RNAO representatives to meet members of our inter-professional team. Our team spoke about their work, the challenges faced by the clients we support, and shared ideas about the supports needed to improve the health and well-being of our clients.

To view photos from the event, please click here.


Health Canada Approves Three New Supervised Injection Sites in Toronto

Health Canada Grants the Necessary Exemptions from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for the Opening of Three New Supervised Injection Service locations in Toronto (June 2, 2017)

Today marks a huge milestone, as long-time advocates and providers of harm reduction services: South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) and Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre – Queen West site, celebrate the approval of our federal exemption application approvals to allow supervised injection services as part of our health service programming. A third agency in Toronto also received approval today to offer supervised injection services: The Works – Toronto Public Health. This is an important next step in our ability to expand our harm reduction programming and one that will help to address the current overdose epidemic in Ontario.  National statistics of death caused by overdoses in Canada was estimate at 2300 people in 2016 and in Ontario it has been estimated that at least 2 people die of overdoses every day.

Evidence from injection sites around the world has demonstrated that these life-saving services will not only prevent the transmission of communicable diseases but will also decrease avoidable trips to emergency rooms and decrease overdose deaths. Supervised injection is a health services that provides a hygienic environment and supplies for people to inject pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of a nurse. Community Health Centre’s such as SRCHC and Queen West are well equipped to address the needs of people who are at risk or face barriers to accessing health care services and supports.  Both Health Centres have a long history of providing programs and services to people who use drugs and see this as an expansion of the work we are already doing.  Current programs and services include health care and social supports including: needle and stem kit distribution, safer drug use education, naloxone distribution, outreach, Hep C treatment and support, group programs (cooking, art), practical supports (legal clinics, income assistance), primary health care, health promotion and community initiatives.

“SRCHC has provided user driven harm reduction services for 20 years. We have listened to, worked with and struggled with people who use drugs to provide every possible opportunity for health, fairness, and equity. The ability to offer SIS is one more step in this journey and we know that this is one small part of a response to the current overdose crisis and an acknowledgement that the war on drugs must end.”

-Jason Altenberg, South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Program Director

“This is an important achievement for harm reduction advocates. Integrated supervised injection services at Queen West will be a life-saving addition to our harm reduction services.  We see SIS as a much needed public health response to an individual and public health concern. We look forward to working with the clients and our communities in the implementation of this valuable service.”

-Angela Robertson, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, Executive Director

 If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact:


Programming Updates for June

Here's what's on in June:

Harm Reduction Programming:

  • The Kit Group takes place on Tuesdays from 1-3PM in the Board Room. To sign up, please call 416.537.2455, ext 271, or drop by the Harm Reduction Room on the first floor. 
  • KAPOW takes place Fridays from 10-11:30AM in the Board Room. On June 23rd the group will attend National Indigenous Day activities at the Queen West site and on June 30th the group will be cancelled. For more information, please call Victoria at 416.537.2455, ext. 361.
  • The Harm Reduction Program will be open for regular drop-in hours.

Population Health Programming:

  • Shirley Hepditch, Case Worker, has drop-in hours on Monday and Friday from 10AM-12PM and Tuesday from 2-4PM. The drop-in wil be cancelled on June 13th, 16th, 19th, 23rd, and 26th.
  • The next ID Clinic will take place on Wednesday June 21st from 10AM-12PM.
  • housing worker from West End Housing Help is available on Monday June 12th and 26th from 1-4PM. For more information, or to book an appointment, please call 416.537.2455 or speak to the first floor receptionist.

Senior's Programming:

  • June is Senior's Month! Join us for special activities this month.
  • The English Conversation Club takes place on Mondays from 10AM-12PM. This group will be cancelled on Monday June 12th.
  • The Seniors Wellness Drop-In takes place on Tuesdays from 1-3PM. The drop-in will be cancelled on Tuesday June 6th.
  • Seniors in Action will meet on Thursday June 8th from 2-3:30PM.
  • On Tuesday June 6th, join us from 5-8PM for an information session about the It’s Not Right Campaign followed by the Smile Theatre show Canadian Pride & Joy at 20 West Lodge Ave. Light refreshments will be provided. 
  • The Parkdale Elder Abuse Awareness Community Walk will take place from 10:00AM-12:30PM on Wednesday June 14th. Let's walk back and forth along Queen St. W. to Jameson Ave. to raise awareness and demand the STOP of ELDER ABUSE. After the walk, join us for a fun activity, light refreshments and prizes! Meet at 10:00 am at Parkdale CHC. The walk will take 30-45 minutes.
  • Fit for Life is a pole walking group for participants aged 55 and above. Join us for pole walking, pole strengthening, balance, and stretching. This program takes place on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30AM. Please wear comfortable clothes and proper footwear for indoor and outdoor walking. Group registration is limited to 10 participants. 
  • Living Life to the Full for Caregivers is a program for caregivers over the age of 55 and teaches new skills for coping with life's challenges. Use the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy to learn more about mental well-being and how to make small changes to feel happier, less stress, and more in control. This program runs on Thursdays from 10-11:30AM from May 11th to June 29th. This group will be cancelled on June 15th. Space is limited to 15 participants. Registration is required. 
  • Upcoming Programs:
    • Seniors Cooking Together: Join us to cook, learn, and share a meal together! Eligibility: seniors 65+. This program runs on Friday July 7th and 28th from 10AM-12:30PM. Registration is required. 
    • Strong and Steady Falls Prevention: Join us for a seven week program  led by Ana Maria and Jennifer, Registered Physiotherapists, and Sandra, Health Promoter. This program will take place on Wednesdays from July 5th to August 16th from 3:30 to 4:30PM. Please wear loose clothing and proper footwear. Registration is required. 
  • For more information about seniors programming or to register in any of the above programs, please call Sandra: 416.537.2455, ext. 238.

Families and Newcomers Programming:

  • For more information, please call Rosa: 416.537.2455, ext. 231.

Health and Dental Programming:

  • The Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic is open from 8AM-4PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and is open from 10AM-6PM on Wednesdays. Note that some Wednesday clinics will take place at 2340 Dundas St West. For more information, please call 416.338.5652.
  • The West End Oral Health Clinic takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:30PM on June 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th. The clinic will also be open on Saturday June 10th from 11AM-3PM. For more information, please call 416.537.2455, ext. 415.
  • The Infant Hearing Program takes place on Fridays from 9AM-4:30PM. For more information, please contact 416.338.8255.
  • The Naturopath Clinic takes places on Tuesdays from 12PM-6PM. To book an appointment, please request the sign-up sheet from the first floor receptionist. There is currently a waiting list of six months. For more information, please contact Sarah Bowler, ND (Supervisor) via email at parkdale@ccnm.edu.
  • Anonymous HIV testing is offered on Fridays for members of the general public. Please call 416.537.2455,ext. 222, to book an appointment.

Diabetes Programming:

  • The Living Well Lunch Club will take place on Monday June 12th at 12:30PM.
  • Plan Well, Budget Smart, Be Healthy is a program for individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Learn how to plan menus, grocery shop, and prepare healthy meals during this five week program led by our Diabetes Nurse Educator and Diabetes Dietitian. This program will run on Thursdays from 1:30-3:30PM starting June 22nd.
  • For information about diabetes programming, please call Mel at 416.537.2455, ext 236.

5Ps Programming:

  • Mom and Baby Circle takes place Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This program is for parents and caregivers of babies 0-6 months. Please call 416.537.8222, ext 3502, for more information.
  • Baby & Me takes place Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 27 Roncesvalles, Suite 503. This program is for parents and caregivers of babies 6-12 months. Please call 416.537.8222, ext 3502, for more information.
  • Prenatal Nutrition and Support takes place Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Fatherhood 101: Drop-In for Dads is a drop-in for dads-to-be and dads with children 0-3 years of age. This group will take place on Wednesday June 14th and 28th from 6-7:45pm at 27 Roncesvalles Ave, Suite 3503. Childcare, TTC tokens, and a light meal will be provided.
  • Childcare is available for registered participants with children aged 0-12 years. If you would like to register in any 5Ps programs, please call Yohama at 416.537.8222, ext. 3502 or Stacia at ext. 3505.

Women's Connection Programming:

  • The Postpartum Mood Disorders Support Group takes place on Tuesdays from 2-4PM. This group is for mothers who are experiencing symptoms of PPMD who live in the west end of Toronto. Childcare is provided. For self-referral for intake and assessment regarding postpartum mood disorders, please call Grazyna at 416.537.8222, ext. 3303.

Closure Notice:

Parkdale CHC will be closed from 3-8PM on Wednesday June 28th for a staff meeting.

 

For more information, or to view a complete list of programs and services offered, please visit our Program Calendar.