Access Alliance then and now
For 30 years, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services has been providing services and addressing system inequities to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities. A range of programs, services, advocacy and partnerships address medical, social, economic, environmental, settlement and integration issues for people of all ages at all stages of their life.
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1989: Access Alliance opens
1990: Interpreter Services begins providing interpreters
1991 – 1993: New service model addresses women’s health concerns; start of mental health screening; 32 languages served
1994 – 1995 :Services for the non-insured; social work added to the list of agency services
1996 – 1998: Multicultural service provision; food security and food access programming
1999: Establishment of special legal clinic for Kosovar refugees
2000: Board of Directors committed to serving “the most disadvantaged” immigrants and refugees
2001: Every Child’s Right to OHIP Coalition formed
2003: The Access Model is developed to improve access in under-serviced areas
2005 – 2006: Peer outreach training curriculum; Among Friends program in support of LGBTQ+ immigrants and refugees
2007: Access Alliance changes its name to Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
2009: Greenwood Youth Clinic opens
2010 – 2011: AccessPoint on Danforth and AccessPoint on Jane open
2012: AA Language Services are nationally and internationally accredited; Remote Interpretation Ontario (RIO) network is launched
2013 – 2014: AA awareded United Way Spirit Award; SHY Clinic (Sexually Healthy Youth) opens
2015 – 2016: Health with Dignity is funded; Nahom Berhane Scholarhsip for Leadership and Inclusion is launched
2017 – 2018: Cycle hub expands to satellite locations; Indigenous languages added to RIO interpreter services
2019: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!