Posted on May 12, 2014

The West Elgin Community Health Centre delivers primary health care, illness prevention and health promotion services, as well as a range of community programs to the residents of western Elgin. We believe that effective primary health care addresses the determinants of health, which include access to shelter, education, food and stable eco-systems. We use a community development approach to building healthy public policy in supportive environments.

Our vision is rooted in a care model that provides comprehensive primary care services, delivered by interdisciplinary teams of professionals practicing within a health promotion framework. This means that by working with individuals, families and groups, we increase individual and group capacity in building healthy communities. We deliver a range of integrated community-based services and respond to health-related community concerns. We are specialists in delivering primary health care that is integrated with other social and health services partners.

Our care model is highly effective. It is a resource for people who encounter a diverse range of access barriers such as language, literacy, poverty and geography. It also works for those with other social-cultural barriers and who are at high risk for developing health problems.

We believe the most effective way to provide primary health care is through integrated teams of community-focused professionals from all health disciplines. Our Primary Health, Community Health, Early Years, Teens and Youth, Seniors and Mental Health services are all delivered by interdisciplinary teams that strive to provide care continuity and coordinated services to all individuals and families served by the Centre.

The West Elgin CHC currently provides primary health care to over 1,800 clients who reside within the catchment area of West Elgin. An additional 2,100 clients benefit from our community health services programs. The catchment area encompasses the following boundaries:

North: Thames River

South: Lake Erie

East: Dutton-Dunwich / Southwold Town Line

West: West Elgin to Chatham-Kent county line

How is the WECHC Funded?

The WECHC receives the majority of its funding from the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Our Diabetes teams are funded directly by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Other revenue is received from the United Way of Elgin-St. Thomas and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

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