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Community Health Promotion

We work together to develop and deliver multidisciplinary programs and research designed to improve the individual and community health of Black women and women of colour. We recognize that without healthy women, we cannot have healthy communities. As ongoing advocates for inclusive and responsive strategies which address the needs of women from our priority populations, we engage in outreach, community based activities and research which engage women in achieving change in conditions which have adverse effects on our health.

Programs and Services

Please note that ongoing program are for registered clients. For more information please call 416-593-7655.

Diabetes Education

We provide a safe inclusive environment where women who have developed or at risk of developing diabetes can be supported and encouraged to make their health a priority. Our Diabetes Education Team can teach you about diabetes prevention, management and care through individual counselling sessions and group classes led by the Diabetes Nurse Educator and/or the Dietitians.

Mental Health

We offer fifteen week individual counselling and group therapy that employs a feminist, woman-centered approach that focuses on strengths, capabilities, resources and acknowledges experiences of oppression based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation/identities, (disability, age and spiritual or religious affiliation. We seek to support women to implement changes in their social and physical environment, to develop a significant social support system, to form constructive relationships with others, and to gain more control over their own lives. Our staff also provides information, advocacy and appropriate referrals.

Pre/Post Natal Link

We offer interdisciplinary classes to prepare you for the birth of your new child and to help you provide the best possible beginning for your baby including practical tips for healthy birthing, labour and delivery, relaxation, exercise, nutrition, baby care, baby blues and breast feeding.

HIV/AIDS

Our multidisciplinary holistic approach to HIV/AIDS links education, prevention, treatment, support care and advocacy to policy and research as a continuum framed with the determinants of health. Our services are inclusive of the many factors that contribute to risk ranging from individual behaviours to community and systemic issues. We provide HIV prevention, awareness education, anonymous testing, clinical care and health promotion and skills development for HIV Positive women.

Community Education

Our multidisciplinary team members provide workshops, presentations and forums to community groups and agencies on issues affecting the health of women from our priority groups including nutrition, diabetes, stress reduction, mental health and HIV/AIDS.

Food Access

In partnership with the Daily Bread Food Bank, we offer short-term relief to clients who have limited access and availability of food through our emergency food cupboard program, Chakula Bora. We also distribute recipes and information culturally appropriate healthy eating. As an ongoing activity strategy, we raise awareness on the issues of food security and its impact on community health.