It’s been a challenging year, but one with plenty of engaging, supporting, and advocating for CHCs. Read more about the last year at BCACHC.
News from BCACHC
Many people across BC are without secure access to affordable and appropriate housing. CHCs like Cool Aid Community Health Centre in Downtown Victoria exist to address the fall-out of a society that is not set up to ensure that there is a roof over everyone’s head.
June is Pride Month, and it was a joy to see posts, celebrations, education, and events taking place all over the province in support of rights for people who identify as Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual. Pride commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn in 1969 – a gay club where people came to express themselves with freedom.
The Federal Minister of Health, along with staff from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) announced last week that it would award $323,000 to the BC Association of Community Health Centres (BCACHC) to address rising vaccine hesitancy in British Columbia.
As champions of the CHC model, we often hear this question. Our members are made up of multi-sector, multi-service organizations that don’t fit neatly into a preconceived box of what “healthcare” looks like.
“It can happen so quickly, you have no idea.”
If health is influenced by social factors like having enough money, why doesn’t our health care system do more to address the root causes of poverty?
Hello BCACHC members and friends.
We’re pleased to share our Spring 2021 Newsletter with you, including a feature about our new website. Have a look and let us know what you think. Additional services and features will be added over the coming months, and our blog will be updated regularly between newsletters. Learn the latest about partnerships, projects, and services for members!
The past year has been a crucible for health policy everywhere in the world. BC has seen the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing deployment of the Primary Care Networks, and a historic election. It has required society to adopt sometimes paradoxical ways of being.
As we move forward, we will need all CHCs in BC to collaborate on a collective vision of just how good
primary care could be in this province. We will need your help carrying our message of advocacy, to make CHCs understood by households across BC as one of the best places to get care.
“I’m really concerned about the impact it’s going to have on women. If we don’t do anything to ensure security, it’s going to be really difficult.”