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

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.

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.

Access Alliance’s dedication to reinforce the importance of considering local contexts, systemic determinants of health (e.g. policies, historical contexts, post-colonialism) and cultural sensitivity within the work they do coincides with my values and has equipped me with new knowledge for my career in global and migrant health. 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, an IFCHC member Community Health Centre based in Toronto, Canada, 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.

It is also well documented that these three communities have lower-than-average vaccination rates.  Read the full article.