Alliance for Healthier Communities

The Alliance for Healthier Communities (formerly the Association of Ontario Health Centres -- AOHC) developed and implemented a Community Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The strategy serves as blueprint for its 122 members, including Community Health Centres (CHCs), Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs), Community Family Health Teams (CFHTs), and Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics (NPLCs), as well as the province at large. The Strategy is focused on developing integrated community systems that support...

...not just the absence of disease, but complete physical, mental and social well-being.

               World Health Organization (WHO) definition of Health

Watch the video: Charting the impact of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing in the work of community health centres (6 mins)

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CIW Engagement

In 2013, in partnership with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the CIW developed a Pilot Intake Survey, which is a condensed version of our CIW Community Wellbeing Survey and similarly guided by the CIW framework. The purpose of the Pilot Intake Survey was to provide AOHC with the ability to benchmark key indicators of wellbeing for people who use their services. This benchmarking will create opportunities for trends analyses over time, as well as the sharing of findings and best practices among Community Health Centres (CHCs). The survey can be used to identify service gaps that can be addressed by the CHC, or within the community network as a whole. It can also be used to evaluate the impact of health promotion and community development work.

Our report, Association of Ontario Health Centres - Stage 1 Report, presents preliminary findings of client responses to all of the questions in each of the eight CIW domains. The descriptive results provide a general picture of wellbeing for AOHC clients and assist in identifying areas for further consideration. 

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Community Outcomes

With generous support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, there are now over 20 CHCs exploring how the CIW can be used as a community development tool. As part of this work, they are imagining the collective impact if other sectors start applying the CIW in their efforts to improve health and wellbeing in the domains where they have most influence. It’s exciting to imagine the possibilities if multi-sectoral CIW initiatives are scaled up more widely across the province.

Shifting the Conversation: Community Health and Wellbeing

To shift the conversation from sickness to wellness or what is commonly referred to as shifting from a downstream to upstream approach to healthcare, AOHC has created a website that highlights CIW-type initiatives happening throughout their network during Canadian Health and Wellbeing Week and throughout the year. A few highlights include: