Windsor Family Health Team creates a safe space of belonging for exploring gender identity

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Heavy news coverage about Caitlyn Jenner legally being declared a woman helped to raise awareness about the struggles of people who are transgendered. This is needed. But Jenner’s journey is very different from other Trans and LGBT people. Very few enjoy the privileges that come with Jenner’s fame and wealth. 

Community Truth Hearings creating vital communities

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Poverty is one of the most critical determinants of health, and one of the most intractable problems facing the people living in Ontario. But in Hamilton, which has one of the worst poverty rates in the province, the problem is even worse. One in five people live in poverty and those living in the core live 21 years less on average than those living just outside the core’s boundaries.

Toronto Community Health Centre focuses on belonging to improve newcomer health

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Immigrants come to Canada for a better life but in many cases their health gets worse. According to a 2011 Toronto Public Health report, when they arrive in Canada most newcomers enjoy better health than Canadian-born residents but over time, newcomers lose this advantage as their health declines.

GET ENGAGED: Is voting enough?

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During Community Health and Wellbeing Week, the Youth Advisory Committee of the Anne Johnston Health Station hosted an event called, “GET ENGAGED: Is voting enough?” What inspired us to bring this event to the community, was a story in the media this summer about a retired man who decided to conduct his own experiment to see people’s reactions if he were to wear a rainbow flag cape, during a political event. The reaction of some members of the crowd made headline news. This was intriguing for us youth because, since we are not of age to vote, this was one way we saw someone take ACTION beyond just voting. Hence, the title, “Is Voting Enough?” We met weekly during the summer to plan out this event with Beatrice Raposo, Health Promoter.

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