What Is a CHC?

Why were community health centers created?

The main task of community health centers (CHCs) is to promote a healthy lifestyle, prevent alcohol and nicotine addiction.

Who uses community health centers?

Health centers are designed to work with healthy people who seek medical advice to improve their quality of life, preserve and prolong their health.

In the centers, you can get help in quitting bad habits, including excessive alcohol and smoking, receive recommendations for correcting nutrition, physical activity, physical education and sports, sleep patterns, living conditions, work, study and rest.

Visitors to the health community center will also be able to check the content of toxic substances in the blood, cholesterol, control and estimate their weight, blood pressure, etc.

Everyone who wants to objectively assess the capabilities of their body and listen to the predictions of experts on the state of their health, functions and systems are invited to CHCs. After all, it has long been known that disease is easier to prevent than to cure.

How community health centers work

All services in health centers are provided free of charge.

The health centers employ doctors who have undergone thematic improvement in the formation of a healthy lifestyle and medical prevention. There are health schools, an office (or hall) of physiotherapy exercises.

The centers carry out a set of measures aimed at maintaining health, motivating Canadians to take personal responsibility for their health and the health of their children. Here you will get help in creating an individual health recovery plan, timely identifying and excluding risk factors for the development of diseases.

Important areas of work are education and informing the population about the dangers of tobacco use and alcohol abuse; prevention of socially significant diseases, including among the child population; an increase in the duration of an active life.

Testing on a hardware-software complex allows Canadians to detect the first symptoms of possible diseases. If the disease has not yet manifested itself, then there is a chance to prevent it by changing, for example, lifestyle.

The doctor evaluates risk factors, functional and adaptive reserves of the body, taking into account age characteristics, makes a prediction of the state of health, conducts a conversation and draws up an individual program for a healthy lifestyle. If necessary, the doctor recommends to the patient dynamic observation at the community health center with repeated examinations in accordance with the identified risk factors, attendance at the relevant health schools and physiotherapy rooms.

A comprehensive examination of Canadians is carried out once a year. If any disease is revealed during the examination, the doctor of the center recommends that the person contacts the appropriate specialist doctor to determine further tactics of observation and treatment.

CHC equipment

Community health centers have equipment for assessing the functional and adaptive reserves of the body, taking into account age characteristics. They help determine the prognosis of the state of health, develop an individual program of medical prevention and maintain health, taking into account the physiological characteristics of the body.

  1. Hardware and software complex for screening assessment of the level of psychophysiological and somatic health, functional and adaptive reserves of the body with a set of equipment for measuring the parameters of physical development.
  2. Rapid assessment of the state of the heart by ECG signals from the extremities (computerized heart screening system).
  3. Angiological screening system with automatic measurement of systolic blood pressure and calculation of the shoulder-ankle index (this system will assess the state of the vessels of the lower extremities, the risk of chronic arterial insufficiency as a result of atherosclerotic lesions of the arteries of the lower extremities).
  4. Apparatus for a comprehensive detailed assessment of the respiratory system functions (computerized spirometer, which will allow assessing the state of the bronchopulmonary system in case of diseases and smoking).
  5. Bioimpedance meter for analyzing the internal environment of the body (a device that determines the percentage of water, muscle and adipose tissue, which is especially important in overweight and obesity to assess the risk of metabolic disorders, diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension, as well as when monitoring dynamics of weight loss during weight loss).
  6. Express analyzer for determining total cholesterol and glucose in the blood (a device that allows you to determine the most important parameters of carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body in a few minutes).
  7. Analyzer of carbon monoxide of exhaled air with determination of carboxyhemoglobin, which makes it possible to assess the degree of impaired gas exchange in diseases of the lungs and smoking, as well as the risk of developing respiratory failure and impaired oxygen transport by blood.
  8. Smokelizers, which determine the concentration of carbon monoxide (CO) in the exhaled air. Carbon monoxide monitors are used for diagnostic purposes to identify smokers and for long-term monitoring of CO levels during therapy aimed at quitting smoking and reducing the number of cigarettes smoked.
  9. Cardio equipment (treadmills) is used to exercise the cardiovascular system and increase overall physical endurance.
  10. Pulse oximeter is used to monitor the state of blood circulation (pulse) and arterial oxygen saturation during training.
  11. Equipment for the gymnasium.
  12. Equipment for demonstration of video materials and presentations on the screen.

How many community health centers are there in Canada?

Today, there are 113 CHCs in Canada:

  1. Access Alliance Multicultural Health & Community Services: 340 College Street, Suite 500 Toronto ON
  2. AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) Health and Community Services: 713 Johnson Street Victoria BC
  3. Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre: 204 Kirk Place – 219 Main Street Antigonish NS
  4. Atira Women’s Resource Society: 101 East Cordova Street Vancouver BC
  5. Barrie Community Health Centre: 490 Huronia Road Barrie ON
  6. Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre: 161 Bridge St. West Belleville ON
  7. Black Creek Community Health Centre: 2202 Jane Street Toronto ON
  8. Boyle McCauley Health Centre: 10628 – 96 Street Edmonton AB
  9. Brock Community Health Centre: 720 Simcoe Street, P.O. Box 279 Beaverton ON
  10. Carea Community Health Centre: 115 Grassmere Avenue Oshawa ON
  11. Carlington Community Health Centre: 900 Merivale Road Ottawa ON
  12. Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre: #202-1193 Kingsway Vancouver BC
  13. Central Community Health Centre: 359 Talbot Street St. Thomas ON
  14. Central Interior Native Health Society: 1110 4th Ave Prince George BC
  15. Central Miramichi Community Health Centre: 11 Prospect Street Doaktown NB
  16. Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre: 845 King Street, Unit 10 Midland ON
  17. Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie: 841 Sydney Street Cornwall ON
  18. Centre de santé communautaire de Nipissing Ouest: 68 RUE MICHAUD ST. Sturgeon Falls ON
  19. Centre de santé communautaire de Timmins: 1500 Riverside Drive Timmins ON
  20. Centre de santé communautaire du Témiskaming: 20, rue May Sud, C. P. 38 New Liskeard ON
  21. Centre de santé communautaire Kapuskasing: 27, avenue Kolb Kapuskasing ON
  22. Centre de santé de Clare: 8559 Route 1 (C.P. 128) Centre-de-Meteghan NS
  23. Centre de santé Saint-Boniface: 170 Goulet Street Winnipeg MB
  24. Centre de santé Univi Health Centre: 44 St-Christophe St., Unit 2, P.O. Box 94 Noelville ON
  25. Centre Francophone du Grand Toronto: 555, rue Richmond Ouest Toronto ON
  26. Centretown Community Health Centre: 420 Cooper Street Ottawa ON
  27. Chatham Kent Community Health Centres: 150 Richmond Street Chatham ON
  28. Collingwood Neighbourhood House / RISE Community Health Centre: 5288 Joyce Street Vancouver BC
  29. Community First Health Cooperative: 204- 518 Lake Street Nelson BC
  30. Compass Community Health: 438 Hughson St. North Hamilton ON
  31. Cortes Community Health Centre: 947 Beasley Road Manson’s Landing BC
  32. Country Roads Community Health Centre: 4319 Cove Road at Hwy 15 Portland ON
  33. CUPS Calgary – Health, Education, Housing: 1001 10 Ave SW Calgary AB
  34. Dr. Kingston Memorial Community Health Centre: 40 School Road L’Ardoise NS
  35. East Mississauga Community Health Centre: 2555 Dixie Road, Unit 7 Mississauga ON
  36. Flemingdon Health Centre: 10 Gateway Blvd North York ON
  37. Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre: 339 King Street Fredericton NB
  38. Gabriola Community Health Centre: 691 Church Street Gabriola BC
  39. Galiano Health Centre: 908 Burrill Road Galiano Island BC
  40. Gateway Community Health Centre: 41 McClellan Street, Bag #99 Tweed ON
  41. Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre: 69 Main Street East Grand Bend ON
  42. Grand River Community Health Centre: 363 Colborne Street Brantford ON
  43. Guelph Community Health Centre: 176 Wyndham Street North Guelph ON
  44. Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre: 71 Rebecca Street Hamilton ON
  45. Hornby and Denman Community Health Centre – Denman Island: 3351 Piercy Road Denman Island BC
  46. Hornby and Denman Community Health Centre – Hornby Island: 1885 Sollans Road Hornby Island BC
  47. Island Sexual Health: 3960 Quadra St #101 Victoria BC
  48. Jasper Place Wellness Centre: 15626 100A Ave Edmonton AB
  49. Kingston Community Health Centres: 263 Weller Avenue Kingston ON
  50. Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre: 44 Francis Street South Kitchener ON
  51. Klinic Community Health: 870 Portage Avenue Winnipeg MB
  52. LAMP Community Health Centre: 185 Fifth Street Toronto ON
  53. Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services: 207 Robertson Drive Lanark ON
  54. Langs Community. Health. Wellness: 1145 Concession Road Cambridge ON
  55. London InterCommunity Health Centre: 659 Dundas Street London ON
  56. Main Street Project: 75 Martha Street Winnipeg MB
  57. Mary Berglund Community Health Centre: 1100 Main Street. Box 450 Ignace ON
  58. MFL Occupational Health Centre: 102-275 Broadway Winnipeg MB
  59. Mid-Main Community Health Centre: 3998 Main Street Vancouver BC
  60. Mount Carmel Clinic: 886 Main Street Winnipeg MB
  61. Napanee Area Community Health Centre: 6 Dundas Street East Napanee ON
  62. New Waterford and District Community Health Centre: 716 King Street New Waterford NS
  63. Nine Circles Community Health Centre: 705 Broadway Winnipeg MB
  64. North End Community Health Centre: 2131 Gottingen Street Halifax NS
  65. NorWest Co-op Community Health Centre and Community Food Centre: 785 Keewatin Street Winnipeg MB
  66. Norwest Community Health Centres: 525 Simpson Street Thunder Bay ON
  67. Our Health Centre: 3768 Highway # 3 Chester NS
  68. Oxford County Community Health Centre: 35 Metcalf Street Woodstock ON
  69. Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre: 1229 Queen Street West Toronto ON
  70. Pender Harbour Health Centre: 5066 Francis Peninsula Rd, P.O. Box 308 Madeira Park BC
  71. Pender Islands Health Centre: 5715 Canal Road Pender Island BC
  72. Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre: 1365 Richmond Road, 2nd Floor Ottawa ON
  73. Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre: 99 Toronto Road Port Hope ON
  74. Quest Community Health Centre: 145 Queenston Street, Suite 100 St. Catharines ON
  75. Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre: 49 Mill Street Killaloe ON
  76. REACH Community Health Centre: 1145 Commercial Drive Vancouver BC
  77. Regent Park Community Health Centre: 465 Dundas Street East Toronto ON
  78. Regina Community Clinic: 1106 Winnipeg Street Regina SK
  79. Rexdale Community Health Centre: 8 Taber Road Toronto ON
  80. Rideau Community Health Services: 354 Read Street Smiths Falls ON
  81. Salt Spring Island Community Health Centre: 181 Booth Canal Road Salt Spring Island BC
  82. Sandy Hill Community Health Centre: 221 Nelson Street Ottawa ON
  83. Saskatoon Community Clinic: 455 2nd Avenue North Saskatoon SK
  84. Sayward Community Health Centre: 601 Kelsey Way Sayward BC
  85. Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities: 4100 Lawrence Avenue East Scarborough ON
  86. SEARCH Student-Run Health Centre: 3510 5th Avenue Regina SK
  87. Seaway Valley Community Health Centre: 353 Pitt Street Cornwall ON
  88. Somerset West Community Health Centre: 55 Eccles Street Ottawa ON
  89. South East Grey Community Health Centre: 55 Victoria Street Markdale ON
  90. South Nepean Community Health Centre: 4100 Strandherd Drive Nepean ON
  91. South Riverdale Community Health Centre: 955 Queen Street East Toronto ON
  92. South Shuswap Health Services: 10-2417 Golf Course Drive Blind Bay BC
  93. South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre: 1355 Bank Street – Suite 600 Ottawa ON
  94. Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre: 427 William Street – Suite 425 London ON
  95. St. Joseph’s Community Health Centre: 116 Coburg Street Saint John NB
  96. STEP Community Health Centre: 2645 Skeena Drive Kamloops BC
  97. Stonegate Community Health Centre: 150 Berry Road Toronto ON
  98. Sun Peaks Community Health Centre: 3115 Creekside Way Sun Peaks BC
  99. SWITCH Student-Run Health Centre (SK): 1528 20th Street West Saskatoon SK
  100. TAIBU Community Health Centre: 27 Tapscott Road, Unit #1 Scarborough ON
  101. The Alex Community Health Centre and Community Food Centre: #102, 2840 2 Ave SE Calgary AB
  102. The Gathering Place: 172 Military Road St. John’s NL
  103. Tri County Women’s Centre: 12 Cumberland Street Yarmouth NS
  104. Umbrella Multicultural Health Cooperative: 715 Carnarvon Street New WEstminster BC
  105. Vaughan Community Health Centre: 9401 Jane Street, Suite 206 Vaughan ON
  106. Vibrant Healthcare Alliance: 2398 Yonge Street Toronto ON
  107. Victoria Cool Aid Society: 102-749 Pandora Avenue Victoria BC
  108. Victoria Health Cooperative: 547 Michigan Street, Victoria BC
  109. WellFort Community Health Services: 40 Finchgate Blvd, Suite 224 Brampton ON
  110. Windsor Essex Community Health Centre: 101-1361 Ouellette Avenue Windsor ON
  111. Women’s Health Clinic: 419 Graham Avenue, Unit A Winnipeg MB
  112. Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre: 2 Carlton Street – Suite 500 Toronto ON
  113. Woolwich Community Health Centre: 10 Parkside Dr, St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0