Community Health & Wellbeing Week showcases how NorWest Community Health Centres builds a healthier, more connected Thunder Bay, Longlac & Armstrong!
From October 21 to 27, NorWest Community Health Centres will celebrate our work with local partners to build a healthier, more connected community in Thunder Bay, Longlac and Armstrong. To learn more about our programs and events, visit our website at www.norwestchc.org and check out our Community Program Calendar.
Community Health and Wellbeing Week is a province-wide initiative to 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.
Here in Thunder Bay, Longlac and Armstong, this week gives us the opportunity to spotlight the everyday heroes at NorWest Community Health Centres (NWCHC) – 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. Through partnering with Superior Family Health Team, Port Arthur Health Centre, and Aurora Family Health Clinic, the Team Care program was launched in 2018.
NWCHC partners annually with the LCBO for FASD Awareness Day at four sites across Thunder Bay as well as staff and volunteers from the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay, the Children’s Centre Thunder Bay, Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, and The Fetal Alcohol Support and Information Network.
Drug Amnesty Day wouldn’t be possible without our partners in Thunder Bay and Armstrong including: Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s Superior Points program; Ontario Provincial Police; Thunder Bay Police; Superior North EMS; Whitesand First Nation Wellness Centre; and Janzen’s Pharmacy.
Local partnerships in Longlac have been made with the schools and day care to promote the importance of good nutrition for healthier bodies, and the local seniors’ club regularly supports NorWest Community Health Centres programs and services.
Each of these partnerships enables us to help more people and change more lives in seamless and integrated ways.
“We know that unique barriers exist in Thunder Bay, that may limit peoples’ potential for total health and wellbeing,” says Juanita Lawson, NorWest Community Health Centres CEO. “That is why here at NorWest Community Health Centres, 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 locally made approach to a healthier community.”
Focusing on local needs and barriers such as social isolation, poverty, complex health issues, vulnerability, and marginalization increases people’s capacity to stay healthy, and promotes trust between the community and health providers. “We work together to connect teams and people who build healthier communities, and those efforts benefit us all here in Thunder Bay, says Juanita Lawson. “In a connected community, fewer people get sick, more people engage with their own wellbeing, and together we can reduce pressure and costs for the health care system.”
The NorWest Community Health Centres provide health care and health promotion programs in Armstrong, Longlac, and in Thunder Bay. We have been providing services for more than 20 years.
We make special efforts to serve people who have a higher risk of poor health, or people who are having difficulty finding health care because of language, cultural barriers, poverty or isolation. We consider the social, emotional and financial needs of our clients, since these factors affect a person's health.
Community Health and Wellbeing Week is coordinated by the Alliance for Healthier Communities of which NorWest Community Health Centres 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.
For more information on our programs and services, you can contact Anita Jean, Manager of Community Development and Engagement, at 626-8480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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