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Focusing On Community Development

NorWest Community Health Centres (NorWest CHC) is one of over 100 similar organizations across Ontario. We provide services through four main sites in Thunder Bay, Armstrong, Longlac, and Kakabeka as well as through Mobile Health Services. NorWest CHC has been providing services throughout the District of Thunder Bay since 1999.

Community Health Centres (CHCs) in Ontario were inspired by Tommy Douglas’ original vision for Medicare. Douglas hoped that as the health system grew, its focus would expand to help keeping people well, not just treating people when they got sick.

CHCs do this by delivering primary health care services alongside health promotion and illness prevention services. What makes CHCs stand out is a strong community development focus. In addition to promoting the health of individuals and families, CHCs create programs that address the social, economic, and environmental problems that negatively impact people’s health.

Our team features Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Therapists, Dietitians, Community Health Workers, Administrative Support Staff, Outreach Workers and Harm Reduction Support Workers. NorWest CHC strives to involve community members directly in planning and delivering programs. Peer leaders and volunteers from the community help develop and lead programs. The organization partners with a variety of service providers to find the most efficient way to deliver services.

NorWest CHC is funded by Ontario Health. Most services are available to clients free of charge. For locations and contact information, please visit the Contact page.

Our Vision

Healthy people, empowering communities

Our Mission

NorWest Community Health Centres provides high quality and integrated primary health care services, fosters community development and advocates to improve health and wellbeing for vulnerable people and communities

Our Values

Equity : We address discrimination and advocate for social justice, access to the determinates of health and health equity

Access: We commit to respecting diversity, providing an inclusive, culturally safe, stigma free service and treating everyone with dignity

Collaboration: We build respectful, trusting and collaborative relationships and put clients and community member sat the centre of our work

Quality: We embrace learning, and strive to continuously improve and deliver high quality, responsive, client and evidence informed services

Accountability: We act with integrity and use the resources that have been in entrusted to us efficiently.

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