Message From the CEO
With the long awaited arrival of spring on the horizon, we at Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities are also excited by the growing partnerships being formed
to better improve overall health and wellness for Scarborough residents.
In February 2019, the Government of Ontario established Ontario Health Teams (OHT), which are intended to deliver coordinated services that meet the individual health care needs of communities by supporting local OHTs to plan services across the health sector, including primary care, hospital care, rehabilitative care, home and community care, long-term care and mental health and addictions. At SCHC, we are excited to be part of a team of over 40 organizations that have applied to collaboratively form an Ontario Health Team.
Together we have adopted a set of common values and a vision statement. The vision of Scarborough OHT is simple: “People will have optimal health and positive experiences through an accessible, equitable and integrated system of care, services and supports.”
An important factor in our OHT planning is strong involvement of patient/client/family advisors in all aspects of the work. This fall/winter we saw the successful completion of our first joint initiative (“Safe and Warm in Scarborough”) to increase access to flu vaccinations in our high risk communities and address social determinants of health through the provision of warm socks to flu vaccine recipients. At SCHC, we have a long and growing history of partnerships to support the diverse and complex needs of Scarborough residents. We are proud to be a part of such a large and important collaboration that together with our community will see us achieve better overall health and wellness for Scarborough!