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March 24, 2016

Somerset West CHC was thrilled to celebrate a strong history of community leadership last night at our Eccles Branch! 

March 22, 2016

Somerset West CHC (SWCHC) was thrilled to welcome back former Executive Director Lynne Markell!

Lynne was the Executive Director of Dalhousie Health and Community Services (now known as SWCHC) from 1981-1989.

It's always a thrill when old friends of SWCHC stop by for a visit. Thanks Lynne! 

March 7, 2016

Ottawa Community Health Centres (CHCs), Mothercraft Ottawa’s Ontario Early Years Centre and Dovercourt Recreation Association have partnered to provide essential early childhood development services as part of the resettlement support to Ottawa’s Syrian refugee population.

February 17, 2016

Somerset West CHC extends a huge congrats to our very own Peter Lo on his retirement!

 He has been a mental health counselor at Somerset West CHC for over 22 years, providing service in Mandarin and Cantonese.

February 9, 2016

Six Ottawa Community Health Centres (CHCs) and the Bruyère Family Medicine Centre have joined forces alongside other local health organizations via the Refugee 613 Health Task Force to provide essential urgent primary care and resettlement support to Ottawa’s Syrian refugee population.

January 18, 2016

As part of our work on the Refugee 613 Health Task Force, Somerset West Community Health Centre (CHC) has developed a toolkit to give sponsors and local healthcare providers the essential information they need to support refugees. It serves as a guide to help connect refugees to appropriate and timely health services and information.

December 23, 2015

Sponsors or refugees looking for healthcare in Ottawa are encouraged to call the Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre (ONHC) at 613-691-0192. The ONHC is the main organization tasked with coordinating refugee healthcare in Ottawa.

The following information will be requested in order to schedule medical appointments:

December 22, 2015


December 16, 2015

Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) was thrilled to accept a cheque from John Ferguson, Store Manager of Giant Tiger (GT) Xpress Hintonburg, for $1,367! 

December 10, 2015

November 12, 2015

It is with saddened hearts that the Board of Directors and staff of Somerset West Community Health Centre mourn the loss of a dear friend, Phil Brown, who passed away peacefully on November 6, 2015. At the time of his passing, Phil was the treasurer of the Somerset West CHC Board of Directors.

November 11, 2015

Every second Wednesday evening, Mechanicsville residents have been heading to Laroche Park to shop at Ottawa’s grocery store on wheels.

Market Mobile is a project started by several community health centres in Ottawa to help ensure that residents are getting food that is both healthy and affordable.

October 22, 2015

Somerset West CHC will be holding several flu vaccine clinics in the coming weeks at both the Eccles and Rosemount Branches. The clinics are open to everyone and operate on a first-come-first-serve basis.

October 15, 2015

It was smiles all around as Jack McCarthy, Executive Director of Somerset West Community Health Centre, and staff from our Mental Health & Addictions and Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre teams accepted a generous $10,000 donation.

October 2, 2015

Mayor Jim Watson said it best:

September 30, 2015

In response to the current Syrian refugee crisis, Mayor Jim Watson will host a public forum to bring together residents and community groups who wish to help, and provide them with the knowledge and contacts that will make their involvement possible.

September 28, 2015

OTTAWA - Making Votes Count Where We Live has released a new promotional video to encourage youth voting in the upcoming federal election on October 19th.

September 17, 2015

OTTAWA, September 17, 2015 – The Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa (CHRC), along with its partner agencies, issued an urgent call today for Canada’s next federal government to tackle the growing problem of income inequality.

July 28, 2015

Somerset West Community Health Centre is thrilled to now offer Couples HIV Testing. This service is available to men who identify as gay or bisexual, and to any men who have sex with men.

Couples HIV Testing is a healthy way to:

July 8, 2015

During July and August, the Eccles and Rosemount Branches will be open at 9 am on Thursdays. The Eccles Walk-In Clinic will open at 10 am on Thursdays.

June 24, 2015

Somerset West (SWCHC) was thrilled to host it's first-ever Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) event on June 24, 2015. 

June 23, 2015

On June 23, an “Everyone Matters Award” was presented to several peers in SWCHC’s harm reduction program, the Needle Exchange and Safer Inhalation program (NESI). We extend our sincere thanks to them for their leadership on NESI's successful Peer Advisory Committee