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Community Health Centre: Healthy People, Vibrant Communities

September 2019 Newsletter

Program Highlights & Upcoming Events
  • English as a Second Language: Learn or improve your English. Meet other people learning English. $0 – No cost. Wednesday afternoons at the Erskine Community Health Centre,  90 Artemesia Street South, Dundalk - use door on Victoria Street. Childcare available. Please register in advance for childcare. Call or text Crystal for more information 519-379-5243. 
Moving Forward on Health Equity Group Members – Left to Right: Lisa Alguire, GBHU; Melissa McCulloch, Grey County; Jill Umbach, Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force; Crystal Ferguson, South East Grey Community Health Centre. Photo Credit: GBHU

A new interactive Health Equity Training Tool and supporting videos will help service providers ensure the people they work with have the opportunities to move closer to achieving health equity. Health equity means that everyone has a fair chance to be as healthy as possible and receive quality care no matter where they live, what they have or who they are.

health equity wheel developed by the moving health equity forward committee used to consider health equity perspectives from factors such as income, housing, food, language and education.

The new training tool is designed to assist service providers in steering people to the supports they need to have a greater influence over their own health. The health equity tool and training videos increase awareness about:
  • Factors that impact health for individuals, communities and populations
  • Health equity concepts and equity-focused decision making
  • How to support health equity at an individual and systems level

Developed by the Moving Forward on Health Equity Action Group of the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force, the tool and training videos can be used for staff orientation, professional development, program planning and individual care planning. 

For more information, please visit the Grey Bruce Health Unit Health Equity website. For more information about the Moving Health Equity Forward Action Group, please visit the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force website.

The Seniors’ Summit 2019 will take place September 24 and 25 at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound. The Summit will build awareness of how age-friendly communities can support the health and well-being of older adults across Grey and Bruce counties. 

On the evening of September 24, the $50 dinner includes the keynote address by Dr. Brian Goldman, host of the CBC’s award-winning radio show White Coat, Black Art.

Title:  The Power of Kindness: my personal and professional search for empathy in healthcare
Description:  When he was a little boy, Dr. Brian Goldman was known as a breath of fresh air.  But, as a veteran ED physician, he began to wonder if he had lost his capacity for kindness. An incident in the ED sent Goldman on a journey to recover the empathy he once had - through his brain, his heart and around the world. He shares his journey along with how to be the empathic person you are hardwired to be.

On September 25, the $15 day-long event will include keynote speaker Dr. Brian Goldman, host of the CBC’s award-winning radio show White Coat, Black Art.

Title:  Empathy: the Secret Sauce for Seniors
Description:  We have an ageing society, and dementia is on the rise. Clients of the health care system have increasingly complex needs. They deserve empathy and kindness. The good news is that like all human beings, health service providers are hardwired to be kind and empathic. In his keynote address, Dr. Brian Goldman unpacks the factors in healthcare such as stress, overwork, and burnout that get in the way of empathy, and how to put them back. He describes what an empathic healthcare system looks and feels like, from patient and family-centred care to addressing loneliness and social isolation among seniors.

There will also be panel discussions and break-out sessions on important topics such as seniors’ housing; transportation; frauds and scams, navigating health care, etc.

Registration closes on Thursday, September 19th at noon. Register now by going to:  -or call 519-376-8304
Click on the image above to watch our Manager of Allied Health and the Chairperson of the Council on Aging, Tanya Shute and Vice Chair of the Council on Aging, Jan Chamberlain as they talk to Carol Merton of Health Link on Rogers TV about the upcoming Seniors' Summit. 
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