Using the CIW to Shift the Conversation about Health and Wellbeing

In June 2007, I heard Roy Romanow speak about the CIW at the annual Association of Ontario Health Centres conference, and I got REALLY excited! For the first time ever, I felt there was a systematic, evidence-based, credible tool that – despite its national scope - could readily and appropriately be applied to the community level; a tool that could measure the type of work that our CHC does in partnership with so many other agencies and groups (many of which are not health service providers), and by extension, to then drive needed change.

Café Scientifique: The Canadian Index of Wellbeing: How are Ontarians Really Doing?

On Wednesday April 30th, a CIHR Café Scientifique discussion was held in Waterloo, Ontario, where a panel of two health researchers and two community health agency practitioners conversed with the local community about how the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) can be utilized to monitor and enhance the health and wellbeing of Ontarians. This panel included AOHC's own Denise Squire, Executive Director of Woolwich Community Health Centre (WCHC) who provided practical examples of utilizing the CIW.

Shift the Conversation: Environment

The environment is vital to our wellbeing and our ability to thrive into the future. Our awareness of, and concern for, the sustainability of the environment is reflected in the ways we as individuals and communities influence and interact with our surroundings. The environment domain also explores how environmental goods and services touch our everyday quality of life.