Community and Aboriginal Health Centres
Under one roof, Community Health Centre clients receive clinical care from doctors, nurse practitioners,nurses, dietitians, social workers and other kinds of clinical health providers. These health professionals work as a team to make sure the client gets the right care, at the right time, delivered by the most appropriate provider. Health promoters, community workers and others respond to health problems triggered by social, environmental or economic problems with customized services and community programs. Because CHCs partner with other social service sectors and harness the expertise of local community members, CHCs are especially effective in providing care to those populations that have, for whatever reason, traditionally faced difficulties in accessing and benefiting from health care. CHC services are specifically structured to eliminate system-wide barriers to access such as poverty, geographic isolation, ethno- and culturo-centrism, racism, heterosexism, language discrimination, ableism and other harmful forms of social exclusion. These, we know, can lead to increased burdens or risks of ill health.
Aboriginal Health Centres assist Aboriginal people in accessing culturally appropriate health care programs and services. AHCs focus on holistic preventive and primary health care that includes Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Traditional Healing and other primary health services — Mental Health Support as well as community health supports — Advocacy, Outreach and Health Promotion and Education Services. AHCs serves all Aboriginal people, regardless of status and offers assistance to outside service organizations to provide care in a culturally appropriate way.
The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network funds seven community health centres and one aboriginal health centre. Some have been in operations for several years, others are just opening their doors. Follow the links to the specific community health centre to learn more!