Community Health and Wellbeing Week

Posted on August 19, 2014

Events at West Elgin Community Health Centre beginning the week of Monday September 29th will focus on the importance of Health and Wellbeing in our communities.

In September and October Community Health Centres across the country will take part in a cross-Canada celebration of Community Health and Wellbeing Week using the theme Shift the Conversation: Community Health & Wellbeing.

Ontario’s week of special events is being organized by the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) which are made up of Ontario’s 75 Community Health Centres (CHCs), 10 Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs), 13 Community-governed Family Health Teams (CFHTs) and 13 Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs).

Events throughout the week-long celebration will focus on the benefits of Community Health Centres.  According to the Canadian Index of Wellbeing’s (CIW’s) recently released report, “How are Ontarians Really Doing,” the province is experiencing  several trends that have a significant impact on Ontario’s  overall health and wellbeing, for example: a persistently time crunched population, declining economic security, growing rates of long-term unemployment, fewer opportunities to access leisure and cultural activities, as well as an overall decline in the environment. Organizations like West Elgin Community Health Centre which delivers primary health care services and community programs can play an important role addressing these determinants of health.

The Canadian Index of Health and Wellbeing tells us, good health is not just about lifestyle choices and medical treatments.  What’s important is our overall quality of life:  what happens in our homes, our schools, and communities and whether we can afford, the basic things to keep us healthy and well.  When take care of these we do a much better job preventing illness and teaching people how to stay healthy which benefits them as well as the communities in which they live.  That is why WECHC strives to provide a wide range of services and programs to improve people’s overall quality of life and wellbeing.  

Everyone from our area is invited to participate in the events that WECHC is hosting during Community Health and Wellbeing week. Various events have been designed to appeal to a wide range of ages. You will have the opportunity to learn how the Canadian Index of Wellbeing applies to you and your community, learn more about managing your healthcare effectively, and even have some fun!  Check the calendar for details and feel free to join us for one or more of the events during the week.



CHWW Ball Pit Video  video-play-3-xxl




WECHC Ball Pit Encourages conversations on Health and Wellbeing




Staff Shift the Conversation



Schedule of Events






CLICK HERE for a printable version of our events.


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