In my Special Report on French Language Health Services Planning in Ontario, I had the opportunity to stress the importance of community health centres for Francophone communities, collectively, and of course, for its individual members. Essentially, these centres empower members to take responsibility for the delivery of their health services, including those provided in French. They clearly represent the “by-and-for” model. It is now commonly accepted that the determinants of health require a holistic approach based on getting to know patients, and that this includes familiarity with their culture and language as well as their socio-economic background, in order to provide quality services.
The Association of Ontario Health Centres has published an interesting report that illustrates how the creation of community health centres is more than a step in the right direction; it’s the right thing to do. This very thorough report also explores the unique situation of Francophones across Ontario. It’s definitely worth the read, especially for policy makers.
The AOHC’s has also produced an inspired video that demonstrates the importance and positive impact of community health centres, including for Francophones in this province. I highly recommend that you check it out.