Ontario

Multi-Cultural Health Navigator Program, Community Health Centre, (Ottawa)

What is the CHW called? Community Health Broker (CHB)

Where does the CHW work? Public Health Unit

Province: Ontario

What does the CHW do? Empowerment - promoting independence and building self-esteem so that seniors can advocate for their own health care needs.

What difference does it make?

  • Helps seniors navigate many systems to obtain the services/resources they need.
  • Helps to increase awareness re: available community resources
  • Increases seniors’ knowledge and skill regarding cooking for one, and making low cost simple nutritious meals
  • Increases senior’s knowledge and skills regarding the importance of physical activity in relation to good health and preventing falls.
  • Initiates activities to help provide a forum for socialization in addition to skill building.

What are some successes?

  • Sustainability of some groups – seniors meeting independently
  • Seniors accessing resources
  • Fostering relationships between two seniors’ buildings that historically did not get along
  • Building community partnerships

What challenges/risks does the target population face?

  • Low literacy levels
  • Low income
  • Inadequate transportation
  • Lack of health benefits for seniors

What changes would help to overcome the challenges?

  • Higher income for seniors so they don’t have to live in poverty
  • Improved benefits/coverage for seniors’ health care needs
  • More affordable, accessible transportation

What are supports that would help to address the challenges/risks?

  • As above.
  • Improved services that meet seniors’ needs
  • Improved access to low cost/no cost activities and transportation

What makes our work rewarding?

  • Seeing the seniors share their knowledge and skills with each other and seeing the seniors’ confidence and self-esteem increase.

City of Hamilton Public Health Services, Chronic Disease Prevention Program (Hamilton)

What is the CHW called?Community Health Worker

Where does the CHW work?Public Health Unit

Province: Ontario

What does the CHW do? We provide peer to peer support for multicultural communities in Hamilton. We work with community partners to address the determinants of health by breaking down barriers and encouraging healthy living. Our goal is to improve immigrant health through partnerships, education, and building community capacity.

What difference does it make?

  • Addresses the determinants of health by breaking down barriers and encouraging healthy living
  • Empowers our community members to achieve better health
  • Improves community capacity

What are some successes?

  • Community partnerships
  • Empowerment of multicultural communities
  • Improved access to programs and services

What challenges/risks does the target population face?

  • Language barriers
  • Low income
  • Inadequate transportation
  • Limited social supports
  • Low literacy levels

What are supports that would help to address the challenges/risks?

  • As above


What makes our work rewarding?

  • Being able to support and influence our community toward a healthier lifestyle

Contact:

Phone: 905-546-2424

  • ext. 3760 for service in English
  • ext. 3314 for service in Chinese
  • ext. 1705 for service in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi

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Address: Robert Thompson Building, 110 King Street West, 2nd Floor, Hamilton, ON L8P 4S6

Latin American Women’s Support Organization (LAZO) (Ottawa)

The Latin American Women Support Organization (LAZO), is a non-profit organization that provides services in spanish in Canada's capital, the region of Ottawa-Gatineau.

What is the CHW called?Community Health Worker

Where does the CHW work?Public Health Unit

Province: Ontario

What does the CHW do?

The Latin American Women Support Organization (LAZO), is a non-profit organization that provides services in Spanish in Canada's capital, the region of Ottawa-Gatineau.

 

What difference does it make?

We provide peer to peer support for multicultural communities in Hamilton.  We work with community partners to address the determinants of health by breaking down barriers and encouraging healthy living.  Our goal is to improve immigrant health through partnerships, education, and building community capacity.

What are some successes?

The woman of Hispanic or Latin American origin residing in Canada is aware that her roots, her language and her culture are an integral part of her identity, and only by being proud of them can they be integrated in a harmonious way to the Canadian society, promoting Diversity as a philosophy.

Women of Hispanic or Latin American origin must fight for an equal society in which the Latino community has equal access to services and rights, in an atmosphere of cooperation and contribution to the country that has open their arms to welcome them. She must be a woman leader, willing to grow and contribute as an individual, to her family, to the community and to Canada.

VISION

Our vision for the future is a society in which women of Hispanic or Latin American origin residing in Canada be the carriers of values and knowledge that allow them and their community to face positively all the circumstances that life poses to them both in private and public cirumstances.

Mission

Promote and support the women of Latin American origin in the region and their communities the following initiatives : security, solidarity, well-being, health, promotion and protection of human rights, diversity, inclusion, nonviolence, as well as accompaniment, harmony, resolution of differences and the full exercise of their democratic rights and responsibilities.

Contact:

Phone: (613) 233-4443 Ext 2153
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Networks

CHW Network - Alberta

CHW Network - British Columbia

CHW Network - Manitoba

CHW Network - Ontario

CHW Network - Québec