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Client Experience Survey

 

It's that time of year again, when we ask our clients to take a few minutes to tell us what you think, and help to ensure that we're providing the services that you need!

The survey takes around 15 - 20min to complete, is avaialble in multiple laguages and interpretation services can be requested.

When: from Tuesday, April 14th till Saturday, May 30th
Where:
  at all three Access Alliance locations
We want to know:
What clients think about our programs and services?
And
How can we improve our services?

With your help we can help all of our communities achieve health with diginity, so please participate!

The survey can also be completed online, by downloading the below document and sending a completed version to communications@accessalliance.ca 

English
Bengali
Farsi
Spanish
Portuguese


Community Girls Celebration of Mothers' Day


The Community Girls Group REY invites you to a celebration of Mother's Day, on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 4:00pm. The event will take place at Oakridge Junior Public School. For full event details, click here.


The focus group discussions will take place in late May/early June in Downtown Toronto. For more information and to recieve full details when they are made available email Tutsirai Makuwaza at tmakuwaza@mtsinai.on.ca or call at (416) 586-4800 ext. 6052

Click here for full details


An Initiative to Commemorate Nahom Berhane

Help us to shape what an award to commemorate Nahom Berhane would look like! We're gathering responses online and at our Access Alliance locations to help create an award in the memory of Nahom Berhane. To have your opinion heard please fill out the survey below:

Nahom Berhane Survey


National Nursing Week

May 11-17 is National Nursing Week, alongside International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12.

This year’s Canadian Nurses Association theme, Nurses: With you every step of the way, emphasizes how important nurses are in our lives — at every age, in all health situations, for all Canadians.

With more than 408,000 regulated nurses in Canada, the largest of any health provider group, nurses are the backbone of our health system. This week, we recognize the profession for their dedication and commitment to making Canada a healthier nation.

Send your thanks to the nurses in your life by using the hashtag #everystep on Twitter. Or visit cna-aiic.ca to learn more about the many ways nurses are with Canadians every step of the way. 


Joe Leonard Award

On Wednesday, May 6, the AOHC announced that Executive Director of Access Alliance, Axelle Janczur, will be presented with the 2015 Joe Leonard Award during the June 2, Shift the Conversation Primary Health Care Gala. The Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to community health. 

“The board of directors and I are thrilled to see Axelle recognized by the AOHC for the contributions she has made over the past 17 years to community health, health policy and the recognition of the social determinants of health on the community. Axelle continues to lead Access Alliance in ensuring that newcomers, refugees, and the communities they live in can achieve health with dignity—this award is well deserved.” Rajesh Gridhari, Chair of the Access Alliance Board of Directors.

More details will be released in the coming weeks and a full announcement will be made following the award presentation.


Are you fine or phine?

Phine - Saying that you`re fine when you are really not

This week is Mental Health Awareness week and we want to invite you to GET LOUD for Mental Health. 

You can participate in local events, donate, or talk about your own challenges with mental health. Click here to learn more on the GET LOUD website.

Get Loud for mental health, because being Phine is not fine....


Affirming Sexual Orientation

On April 9, 2015, a group of 113 Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Centres, Nurse Practitioner led clinics, and Community Family Health Centres--all members of the Association of Ontario Health Centres--submitted an open letter to all Ontario MPPs affirming our support for Bill 77, Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act, 2015 and urging the members of provincial parliament to support as well. The bill ends the dangerous practice of "conversion therapy" which aims to change or direct a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Please find the full letter below and share it widely:
Open Letter to all MPPs, Support Bill 77


 

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services has developed a new resource guide, titled Making Jobs Work: Resources for Achieving Employment Security. We have written it for people who are looking for work in a non-unionized work environment, and who may be living on a low-income. 

Click here to read more about the guide and to access the download link:
http://accessalliance.ca/research/publications/making-jobs-work-resources-achieving-employment-security


Farsi-Speaking Women Support Group

Access Alliance is hosting a series of farsi-speaking women support groups, on Tuesdays, 10am - 12:30pm at 340 College Street. Suite 500. Sessions will start on April 7 and run until May 19. For more information or to register, please call Jasmine at: 416-324-8619 ext. 232


CALL to ACTION! Stop the rise of precarious and insecure jobs that damage workers' health in five concrete steps

Insecure jobs are on the rise not just in the private sector, but also within the broader public sector (healthcare, education, childcare, settlement, community and social service agencies). See our infographic highlighting damaging health impacts from precarious jobs. We call on leaders within public sector to champion an internally driven change movement to reverse this unhealthy trend. 

To kickstart the process, Access Alliance is adopting an agency-level Good Jobs Strategy to put five concrete steps into practice. We call on other agencies to do the same. Download our infographic poster, read our blog, and visit our Good Jobs web link to learn about how to build pathways to good jobs, starting from your agency.



See what's happening at the AccessPoint Hubs this month!

AccessPoint on Danforth Calendar
AccessPoint on Jane Calendar


Canadian health centres applaud latest report on health, wellbeing and access to community health services 

Read more about the report!


Do you want to become a member of Access Alliance?  Yes, find out how!

 


Visit "A Million Reasons Why" on facebook and add your own photo of why you think the minumim wage needs to be raised above the poverty line. 

The Right to Healthcare Coalition: Working toward eliminating the 3-Month Wait for OHIP imposed on new permanent residents.

Click here for more details on the campaign.