Port Hope Community Health Centre Board Announces New Executive Director
– The Board of Directors of the Port Hope Community Health Centre (PHCHC) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Mr. Duff Sprague.
“We are excited to have Mr. Sprague join us in continuing the great work that the CHC has done in its first 6 years of operation.” says Kristin Ferguson, Board Chair. “Duff has a strong background in leading successful health care organizations and developing and implementing innovative programs. He will be a welcome addition to the PHCHC team; both staff and directors are looking forward to working with him.”
Christmas Food Assistance is available again
Do you need Christmas Food assistance? We are once again an application site for the Salvation Army's Christmas Food Hamper program. We are accepting applications for singles and couples on thursday, November 6th, 13th, and 20th between 1:30 and 4:00 pm. (Singles and couples receive a grocery gift card.)
Applications for full Christmas Hampers and toys from the Giving Tree can be made at the Salvation Army in Port Hope at 74 Queen Street.
Northumberland County Integration
Since January 31, 2013, a group of seven Health Service Providers (HSPs) from Northumberland County have been meeting as part of a facilitated integration process at the direction of the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN).
After months of due diligence and stakeholder engagement, the Northumberland Integration Planning Team (IPT)—comprised of senior administrative representatives from each of the participating agencies—developed a proposed Integration Plan comprised of six recommendations related to how hospital and community-based health services could: improve client access to high-quality services; create readiness for future health system transformation; and, make the best use of the public’s investment.
Following approval from their respective boards, members of the Northumberland IPT presented the Plan to the Central East LHIN Board last Wednesday, February 26th. Based on motions made at the meeting, the organizations are now moving forward with several integrations and related timelines. Please read the full press release here.
For more information about the Integration process, or to view the final Integration Plan please visit the Central East LHIN website.
Getting the most out of life with Chronic Conditions!
We are once again running the "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" workshop, a FREE six-week workshop focusing on skills and tools to use in your daily life when you live with a chronic condition.
Do you live with chronic pain, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, depression or another chronic condition? This workshop will teach strategies for better day to day management.
For information about this program or to register online visit www.healthylifeworkshop.ca or call 1.866.971.5545
Click on the flyer below for a larger, printable copy.
The Port Hope Community Health Centre wants to know how you are doing!
During the winter, the Centre will be asking people to fill in a survey so we can better understand your circumstances and how they contribute to your wellbeing.
You can access the survey here.
What is wellbeing and why should we care about it? Wellbeing is defined by a person’s quality of life in areas such as living standards, health, the environment, community vitality, education and access to leisure. We know that improving someone’s health requires action in many areas outside of health care. Health is directly related to income and education levels as well as where we live and the environment around us. Thus in order to have a healthy community, we need to look at all the factors that influence our health.
What is the Wellbeing Survey? The survey we are asking people to complete is based on the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW). The CIW was designed to understand the wellbeing of Canadians by looking at factors that matter to Canadians but may not be reflected in traditional measurement instruments. For example some of the questions on the survey pertain to the number of close relationships you have, how safe you feel, your leisure activities and the environment. To learn more about the CIW please go to www.ciw.ca.
Why do the survey? The information that is gathered from the survey will be used to guide how the Centre delivers services, educate potential funders about the needs of people who use the PHCHC or advocate for services in the community. The survey has 36 questions and takes about fifteen minutes to complete. It is available in both French and English.
The Northumberland Food Charter needs your input!
Click on the logo above to access the full advertisement.
The Northumberland Food Charter is seeking feedback from residents of Northumberland (www.northumberlandfoodcharter.ca) in order to develop an action plan for the Charter. If you are interested in participating in the development of an Action Plan please click on the logo above for instructions to register.
To ensure strength and sustainability in the food system and best practices, food charters have become a growing area of municipal planning and policymaking, addressing food production, distribution, access, consumption and waste management, and guiding how these systems influence our lives and our neighbourhoods.
A Northumberland County Food Charter will focus on land use planning, agriculture, emergency food distribution, food retail access, community health, waste management, environmental management, and community economic development. Integrating food decisions into these areas of municipal jurisdiction will strengthen a whole system approach in the delivery of services. Best practices can improve energy efficiency, decrease pollution, conserve water, and reduce and redirect waste.
We are a site for the Gift From the Heart Program
On Saturday February 8, 2014 Registered Dental Hygienists across Canada will open their hearts and clinics to provide free oral health care to the public who may be financially unable to receive dental hygiene care or who have difficulty accessing dental hygien treatment due to financial hardship.
We are pleased to be opening our Dental Clinic at the Port Hope CHC to participate in the Gift from the Heart Program. If you or someone you know could benefit from dental hygiene care please call 905-885-2626 ext. 208 for more information.
For further details on the Gift from the Heart program please visit their webiste at; www.giftfromtheheart.ca.
The CHC is a designated Heart Wise site!
Heart Wise Exercise Programs are intended for people who are interested in, or concerned about their overall health.
A Heart Wise Exercise Program meets the following criteria;
Our Book Sale was a success!
Thank you to our wonderful shoppers, donors and of course volunteers - our Book Sale raised $243.35 all of which is going towards our Emergency Food Cupboard.
Northumberland County Integration Planning Team Update - Summer 2013
Since January 31st 2013, a group of Health Service Providers (SHPs) from Northumberland County have been meeting as part of a facilitated integration process at the direction of the Central East Local Health Integration Network. Recent updates on the process, including Frequently Asked Questions can be found in the Update Document and at the Central East LHIN website.
Open House, 5 year Celebration and AGM!
On Thursday June 27th 2013 the Port Hope CHC held an Open House Celebration, in combination with it's Annual General Meeting.
CHC staff and Board members were on hand to conduct guided tours of the facility, including mini 'detailed' tours of the Dental Suite, the "Sharing Garden", and the Emergency Food Cupboard. Interactive activities and demonstrations were offerred including; "Bands, Balls and Balance" excercise demos, a children's art and activity station, a drumming circle, cooking demonstrations in our Community Kitchen and much more!
The Open House event, and the Annual General Meeting were both well attended. Photos of the Open House can be viewed here.
Port Hope CHC Awarded "Partner of the Year" by the New Canadians Centre in Cobourg!
The Port Hope CHC is entering its third year of partnership with the New Canadians Centre in Cobourg in which the Port Hope CHC provides much needed primary health care outreach services to migrant farm workers in the area. For more information on this award see the full media release here.
Colorectal Cancer Screening Promo at the Port Hope CHC!
On February 26th, Cancer Care Ontario was at the CHC with their travelling photo booth, taking pictures of staff, clients, volunteers and visitors all of whom made the pledge to talk to their doctor about Colorectal Cancer Screening! Regular screening for colorectal cancer saves lives. When caught early, there is a 90 percent chance that people with colorectal cancer will be cured.
Thank you Rotary Club of Port Hope!
We sincerely thank the Rotary Club of Port Hope for their generous donation of $10,000 to the Dental Program at the Port Hope CHC.
Above: Dr. Mervyn Richards; Rotarian and member of the Northumberland Oral Health Coalition (NOHC); Anna Rusak, Chair, NOHC, John Hassan, Executive Director of the Port Hope CHC, Kelly Morgan Mackenzie, President Port Hope Rotary, and Ross Jeffery, Corporate Services Manager, Port Hope CHC Thank you! It is through generosity such as this that we can continue to offer the valuable Dental Program!
Port Hope Community Health Centre Achieves Full Accreditation!
Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets standards for quality and safety in health care and accredits health organizations in Canada and around the world. Organizations that are accredited by Accreditation Canada undergo a rigorous evaluation process. Following a comprehensive self-assessment, trained surveyors from accredited health organizations conduct an on-site survey to evaluate the organization's performance against Accreditation Canada's standards of excellence.
Port Hope Community Health Centre has recently participated in Accreditation Canada's Qmentum accreditation program. The results of the Accreditation process are provided to guide the organization as it continues to incorporate the principles of accreditation and quality improvement into its programs, policies, and practices. In mid-September, the Port Hope CHC underwent the second phase of the Accreditation process. (In September of 2010 Accreditation Canada was onsite for what is known as a “Primer Survey” with great success.) The Port Hope CHC is pleased to announce that it has received an Accreditation decision of “Accredited with Exemplary Standing” with full Accreditation standing for 3 years!
The key areas which the surveyors looked at included; Primary Care Services, Community Health Services, InfectionPrevention and Control, Client Safety, Leadership and Governance. Since it’s doors opened to the first clients in April of 2008, the Port Hope CHC has always had a focus on quality care for it’s clients and the communities it serves. The Staff and Board of Directors of the Port Hope CHC are very proud of receiving full accreditation standing, and intend to continuously grow and make improvements in service delivery and quality of care.The full Accreditation Canada report for the Port Hope CHC can be found here.
About The CHC - Who we are
The Port Hope Community Health Centre at 99 Toronto Road, is a community-centred primary health care facility, and member of The Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC), the advocacy organization for non-profit, community governed, multidisciplinary primary health care models. With a vision rooted in providing comprehensive primary care services, delivered by a interdisciplinary team of professionals to promote healthy communities, we offer a range of community-based services and respond to health-related community concerns.
We believe that effective primary health care addresses the social determinants of health, including social inclusion, access to shelter, education, income and employment security, food and stable eco-systems. It encompasses primary care, illness prevention and health promotion, using community development toward building healthy public policy in supportive environments. Our care model is highly effective for all Ontarians. It is an important resource for people who encounter a diverse range of access barriers such as culture, ethnicity, geographical isolation, literacy, poverty, physical disabilities and race.VisionHealthy people, healthy relationships and healthy communitiesGeneral InformationWe are now offering services from our new location at 99 Toronto Road. We serve people without a family physician living within a 50 KM radius of the CHC.
The Centre continues to accept new clients. Special consideration will be given to our target populations who do not have a family physician.
• Seniors with more than one chronic disease,
• Youth at risk between the ages of 12 to 21
• Those struggling with mental health and/addictions
• Those receiving social assistance