The Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre Dental Clinic helps Syrian refugees
The Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre has a unique dental clinic. It is Northumberland County’s only not-for-profit dental clinic primarily focusing on serving those with government assisted dental insurance or no dental insurance at all.
The Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre does not receive any funding from the government for our dental program. The clinic is able to operate only through the generosity of individual donors and with successful procurement of grants from organizations such as the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit, and Northumberland County Community and Social Services.
Recently the dental clinic’s very first dentist, Dr. William Moebus, volunteered his time to provide services to Mohammad Ghrir – a Syrian refugee who now lives in the Northumberland area. Dr. Moebus is now retired but continues to remain committed to improving his local community through a longstanding membership in the Cobourg Rotary Club. He has also made a number of excursions to other countries where he has provided free dental care to those in need. Of his experience with Mohammad, Dr. Moebus said “After twenty two trips to foreign lands to help out, it is great to be able to help the Syrian refugees in their new homeland, Canada”.
Mohammad Ghrir, came to Canada last winter with his family to start a new life. He and his wife and young child were sponsored by Trinity United Church in Cobourg. They knew no English when they arrived, and though they are taking English language classes, Mohammad’s smile didn’t need interpretation after his treatment. He was quick to offer his thanks to Dr. Moebus and the Port Hope Northumberland CHC Dental. Employed doing yard work and odd jobs, without the generous support of Dr. Moebus and the Port Hope Northumberland CHC Dental Clinic, Mohammad’s dental care needs would likely have been overshadowed by other pressing necessities for his family.
The Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre Dental Clinic helps those receiving dental benefits through Ontario Works (OW), Ontario Disability (ODSP), Community Outreach and Healthy Smiles. Financial assistance can be provided for those without any dental insurance coverage thanks to our generous donors. Call the clinic at 905-885-2626 Extension 208 for more information or to donate.
Dr. Moebus and Mohammad Ghrir in one of our Dental operatories
How to make Donations to the Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre
Did you know the PHNCHC is a registered charity, donations are gratefully accepted. Any donations over the amount of $10.00 will receive a charitable tax receipt.
Our Registered Charity number is: 852859198RR0001
If you would like to make a donation to the PHNCHC or one of it's programs, please call 905.885.2626 ext. 213. Please note: in the near future, our website will support online donations.
Listen to our Executive Director, Duff Sprague on local radio "In our own Backyard"
"In our own Backyard" is a weekly one hour radio show hosted by Jamie Simmons, Tuesdays at 11:00am on Northumberland 89.7 fm.
Tune in weekly for this one hour live show with interviews about agencies, individuals and programs that make Northumberland such a caring, giving and engaged community.
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Our Board of Directors is Recruiting:
We are looking for leaders to sit on our Board of Directors. If you are interested in helping the Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre fullfill it's mission and vision, please submit an application to Duff Sprague, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our name has changed!
We are changing our name ever-so slightly, to the Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre in order to be more inclusive of ALL of the communities we serve. You will start to see changes as we adopt our new name, such as the logo below, changes to our website, facebook page and the materials we produce.
Please be patient as we make this transition - and remember, your feedback is always appreciated!
MEDIA RELEASE: March 4, 2016 -
Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Recognition
$45,000 OTF Grant Gives Hope to Dental Clients
Port Hope - On Friday, the Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre (CHC) welcomed the public to an Open House to mark the addition of new equipment for its dental clinic. Local MPP Lou Rinaldi and OTF Grant Review Team volunteer Jamie Simmons were on hand to congratulate the PHNCHC Dental Clinic and hear more about how the new dental equipment will make a difference in the community.
“This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to provide sedation equipment and mobile outreach dental equipment is exciting news for our community,” said Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West. “There are so many residents of our community who are still not able to access affordable dental care. The PHNCHC dental clinic is a very unique program that focuses on providing affordable and accessible oral health care in Northumberland County.”
Funds from the $45,000 Capital grant were awarded in November to help CHC purchase needed dental equipment, as well as sedation equipment. CHC is the only dental clinic that serves people living on low or fixed incomes and who do not have dental coverage within 100 kilometers. Basic oral hygiene can make a long-term difference to a person’s health and esteem.
“The impact on the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Bev Woods, Dental Program Manager. “This grant has allowed the dental clinic to offer sedation to our clients that otherwise cannot attend dental appointments due to their phobias”. “Referring our clients out to a specialist who has sedation available is not always a choice because of the additional costs the client themselves has to incur.”
The Port Hope Northumberland CHC is committed to Healthy People, Healthy Partnerships and Healthy Communities. If you wish to enquire about our dental program, please call 905-885-2626 ext. 208 or visit our website at: www.porthopechc.ca.
The leading grant making foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities: www.otf.ca
Souper Douper Lunch
Back by popular demand!
Cash and food donations to the food cupboard are gratefully received.
Our soups are made with care by the CHC Souper Sisters
Do you know the signs and symptoms of a stroke?
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has adopted 'FAST' as it's tool in the education and recognition of stroke.
If you or someone with you experiences any of these signs, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately. Acting quickly can improve your survival and recovery. Do not drive yourself or the person having a stroke to the hospital – an ambulance will get you to the best hospital for stroke care.
What to expect at the hospital: The paramedics will take you to the closest hospital with a specialized program for stroke care. They can call ahead so hospital staff are prepared for your arrival.
For further information on the signs of Stroke and to receive a 'Stroke Emergency Checklist' visit the Heart and Stroke website by clicking the image below;
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;
About The CHC - Who we are
The Port Hope Northumberland 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.
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