Community Health Centre

March 28, 2008 06:30 ET

Media Advisory: New Street Signs Point to Better Health Care for Torontonians

Healthcare-related Event Thursday April 3rd

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 28, 2008) -

What: Launch of the new Community Health Centre (CHC) logo and signage

When: Thursday, April 3rd 2008, at 10 a.m.

Where: Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre, 1900 Davenport Road, west of Symington, Toronto

Who will speak: Health Minister George Smitherman (To Be Confirmed), United Way President/CEO Frances Lankin, Association of Ontario Health Centres, President, Simone Hammond and Executive Director, Adrianna Tetley, and CHC clients.

Community leaders will gather at the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday April 3rd (10 a.m.) to celebrate the launch of Ontario's CHCs new bright blue circular signs which are now being installed at CHCs throughout the province. Community Health Centres supporters hope that in the very near future, these new signs will be as recognizable as the TTC logo or the 'H' symbol for hospitals.

All members of the media are welcome to attend.

The swirling blue circular sign symbolizes the circle of care that CHCs create around individuals, families and communities. People who are registered as CHC clients can have their regular health care needs looked after by nurse practitioners, family physicians, dietitians, chiropodists, social workers and other health care workers. At the same time, though, these health professionals also create programs and services that reduce social and environmental problems harming health in the communities they serve.

Because of their potential to strengthen the health care system and their effectiveness at serving communities who have traditionally had trouble getting the care they need, Ontario's Community Health Centres are now in the midst of the largest expansion since they first opened thirty years ago. The expansion was initiated and funded by the current provincial government. In the GTA, three new CHCs are now in the process of opening in Bramalea, Vaughan and Scarborough. Meanwhile existing Toronto CHCs are extending their impact through the creation of 12 new satellites in neighbourhoods identified by the United Way as "at risk" for increased health problems.

"Every CHC responds to the needs of the neighborhood it serves. But they all share a common vision, and so we created a sign to symbolize that vision," says Adrianna Tetley, Executive Director of the Association of Ontario Health Centres." When people see this new sign at all the different CHCs locations around the GTA, they'll know they've found one of the best parts of our publicly funded health care system."

During the launch event on Thursday, speakers will highlight the need for CHCs to continue growing throughout the GTA. Maps will be released showing which parts of the GTA will most benefit from increased access to CHC services and programs. Clients who have benefited from CHC health care services and programs will also tell their stories.

For detailed media backgrounders on CHCs please visit: www.ontariochc.ca.

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