Health Action Group

The Health Action Group is a diverse group of health practitioners, service providers and residents who have a collective vision to enhance and promote the overall health of newcomer residents in Scarborough, while aiming to reduce health inequalities.

Objectives

  • Enhance access and navigation to health related services and programmes, acknowledging the distinct circumstances, rights and cultures of recent immigrants in the community.
  • Provide greater clarity, understanding and consistency on health, mental health and wellness related definitions/ messaging, to alleviate stigmas, stereotypes and barriers associated to services available to newcomers.
  • Support effective communication and knowledge sharing among service providers about health related trends, issues, innovative ideas and  best practices for ethno-specific immigrant groups.
  • Mobilize leadership and foster collaboration at all levels to strengthen the responsiveness of service providers to the health needs of diverse communities in Scarborough.

Expected Outcome

  • Increased awareness of and timely access to services for newcomers through greater collaborative efforts in information and referral efforts amongst service providers.
  • Develop diverse approaches to addressing health needs of specific and emerging newcomer groups approaches such as LGBTQ newcomers, refugees and undocumented workers to assessing health service in an equitable and effective manner.
  • Build strong partnerships with local, regional and provincial networks to champion policy changes aimed at equitable health service reforms and innovative approaches to service delivery at all levels.
  • Greater understanding and effective mechanisms to assess and alleviate settlement stressors to newcomer settlement and integration process i.e. job stress, loans, cultural obligations etc.

Health Action Group Members

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