Focusing On Community Development
NorWest Community Health Centres (NWCHC) is one of over 75 similar organizations across Ontario. It provides services through three main sites in Thunder Bay, Armstrong, and Longlac, as well as through Mobile Health Services. NWCHC 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 along with 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 have a negative impact on people's health.
The team features Family Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Therapists, Dietitians, Community Nutrition Workers, Community Health Workers, and Administrative Support Staff. NWCHC 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.
NWCHC is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Most services are available to clients free of charge.
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