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Who We Are
Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) is a non-profit, community-governed organization that provides primary health care, health promotion and community development services using interprofessional teams of health and social service providers. These teams include physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, dietitians, health promoters, early childhood educators, counsellors and others. We are sponsored and managed by an incorporated non-profit community board made up of members of our community.
SWCHC is well known for its excellent Community Health Centre (CHC) model and its professional health services team, but it has also become a leader in offering a wide range of community-building activities and advocacy programs.
The Community Health Centre (CHC) Model
SWCHC is one of 74 Community Health Centres in Ontario. CHCs are the only primary health care model in Ontario that, under one roof, combines primary health care services with a wide range of other health promotion and community development services. They are also the only primary health care in Ontario that focuses on the social determinants of health.
What makes a CHC unique?
We focus on keeping people well – not just treating them when they get sick.
Interprofessional teams respond to people’s individual health and social issues
Programs and services carefully tailored to respond to the diverse needs of the many different communities it serves
Integrated model of care by partnering with other social service, mental health and addictions, and community-based organizations. Services are also being integrated and coordinated with the acute and long-term care system.
CHCs have been around for over forty years and we've always been a little ahead of our time!
SWCHC is a fully accreditated health service provider. In June 2017 we were awarded a four year accreditation by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation.
The Canadian Centre for Accreditation review team identified two main themes during their review: the collaborative practice for positive client outcomes and the client-centred, strength-based approach. These themes resonated in all interactions the review team had with staff.
The CCA team was impressed with SWCHC as an organization that puts clients first and that continually works to improve services through the dedication and creativity of its board and staff.