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Are you interested in learning more about the important system-changing work that Access Alliance is involved in? 

Browse through our Blog! Here we feature initiatives, stories, ideas, and perspectives from different people who work or engage with our organization, and who drive our mission, vision, and mandate forward.

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nurse at desk in clinic

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The “hotel clinic” in Toronto

After months of anxious waiting and an arduous journey from Afghanistan to Canada, it seemed the Motavakkel family could breathe a sigh of relief when they finally landed in Toronto and were placed in a hotel turned temporary reception centre. As the adrenaline level of the family fleeing a life-or-death situation gradually fell, some previously suppressed health issues started to emerge. Read the full article. 

flyer for workshop series posted on street pole

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Building strong healthy communities through newcomer civic engagement

The Civic Engagement Workshops for Newcomers are organized by Access Alliance staff, volunteers, and students. This semester, I have had the opportunity to join this small team as a placement student. I have learned a great deal during my time at Access Alliance, including how newcomer-serving organizations can adapt to better serve their communities and address local needs; and the role that research, knowledge mobilization, and social action plays in this process.
Read the full article.

Screenshot of Zoom meeting with many participant faces

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Empowering Internationally Trained Professionals to become ‘Change Agents’

In January 2022, the Community-Based Research and Evaluation Department of Access Alliance launched its exciting Community-Based Research (CBR) training series. This six-week foundational learning series targets internationally trained professionals (some of whom were researchers in their home countries), offering them the chance to learn or update their community-based research skills. Read the full article.

chalkboard with the writing "The Growth and Evolution of a CHC" with a red heart next to the text and pills off to the side

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The Growth and Evolution of a CHC

Community health centres (CHCs), in the simplest terms, work to improve the lives of the people they serve. How they do it is not so simple. In this blog post, we will showcase how four driving forces promoted the evolution and strategic growth of Access Alliance, a community health organization that today is highly adaptable and responsive to change, while simultaneously driven to realize its vision. 
Read the full article.

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How we are supporting our clients this holiday season

This holiday we’ve had ‘all hands on deck’ – with staff, volunteers, partners, and donors pitching in to help our clients and their communities. Together, we’ve addressed our clients’ most urgent needs (such as medical care, COVID-19 booster shots and warm clothing) and at the same time, brought joy, laughter and much needed connection through our special holiday events.

We made a digital scrapbook to show some of the ways we’ve been helping our clients through the holidays. Read the full article.

Graphic depicting financial literacy as a journey from financial instability to financial security

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November is Financial Empowerment Month

Miranda Saroli, Knowledge Mobilization & Social Action Coordinator

Financial Literacy Month has been celebrated for over a decade in Canada. This special awareness month, organized by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) of the Government of Canada, seeks to strengthen the financial literacy of all Canadians. This appears to be a fairly progressive initiative, so why did Access Alliance, a newcomer-serving agency, decide to take it one step further and celebrate Financial Empowerment month instead? Read the full article.

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Supporting students to create positive social change

Stephanie Thevarajah, Placement Student in Knowledge Mobilization & Social Action

While working with Access Alliance, I had the opportunity to learn new skills in knowledge mobilization as well as around the importance of translating research findings to wider audiences, encouraging meaningful discussion, and building awareness of health inequities faced by marginalized and newcomer populations.

Read the full article.

Addressing stigma-related barriers to care

Access Alliance – Published in International Federation of Community Health Centres (IFCHC) Newsletter (Aug 2021)

On Wednesday, August 4, Access Alliance announced the release of Tackling TB Stigma: A Cross-Sectoral Approach to Reducing Tuberculosis (TB) Stigma and Improving TB Care for Vulnerable Newcomer Populations in Canada. The report was the result of comprehensive, community-driven research that sought to examine TB-related stigma and highlight recommendations for effectively addressing stigma around diseases. Read the full article.

Community organizations collaborate to get residents vaccinated against COVID-19

Access Alliance – published in East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP) Newsletter (Aug 2021)

The impact of COVID-19 on some of Toronto’s most vulnerable communities has been well documented.

According to City of Toronto data, as of May 31, 2021, 73 per cent of reported COVID-19 cases identified with a racialized group and live in communities with higher percentages of racialized and newcomer communities, including Taylor-Massey, Oakridge, and Victoria Village.

Read the full article.